Thursday, 29 March 2012
Monday, 26 March 2012
When I started to approach Anthony for a photograph I realised that I'd taken his photo already earlier in the week. The interaction went a little something like this:
"Hello, can I...Oh! Hi, I think I took your photo on Friday."
"Or maybe I didn't? Remember by the pillar?"
"It wasn't you in the leather jacket and cords?"
"Ok, obviously not. Could I take a quick photo of you for my street style blog?"
Silence...."I'm sorry. I'm French. I don't know what you just said"
It was then that I realised I'd forgotten to slow the usual rapid-fire-speak common in the West of Scotland. I'd spoken so quickly and with such a thick accent that Henry hadn't understood a word. Turns out it wasn't even him I'd photographed. Interacting with people in London, I am more aware than anywhere else of my Scottish accent, but it seemed to slip my mind on this ocassion.
Sunday, 25 March 2012
There are few people I consider to be a big influence on my style. I tend to like clothing for their design or, of course, from being inspired by style on the street. However, there's one man I know who I can trust for impeccable taste, and that's Mr Karl Edwin Guerre. Not only this, but he's my favourite street style blogger du jour. Having been a follower of his New York based blog for quite some time, it's always a pleasure to photograph him myself (this is the third occasion). Visit his site at www.Guerreisms.com.
Saturday, 24 March 2012
This week I was asked to contribute to Jessie Wender's article on International Street Style on NewYorker.com. Having been a subscriber to the magazine since 2007, I was more than proud to put in my 5 cents. Check out the article below:
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Even if I've been on the street a hundred times before, I always come across something new and interesting in London. On a jaunt up to see friends at Mornington Crescent, I spotted Cho and his friend deep in conversation on a street corner, speaking in their native language. I had one of those awkward 'at what point is it socially acceptable to interrupt' moments and ended up standing beside the pair for approximately two long, excruciating minutes. During that time I had a good chance to digest Cho's outfit and by the end of the 120 seconds was pretty excited to shoot. My favourite colour of late (at least it has been for the past 18 months) is that port wine colour and seeing a number of shades pulled together so perfectly made my day.
Monday, 5 March 2012
Coming home to Scotland can be a cathartic experience. With miles of green space surrounding the major cities, it isn't a long drive outside my home town of Glasgow before reaching some desolate countryside location. Although the Scots aren't known for their great diet, we actually have some of the best local produce in their world. I was lucky enough to get a double whammy of fresh air and fresh food in my last trip home when staying with my good friend Brenda, owner of Tasting Scotland, a travel company specialising in gourmet food tours.
We drove up to Loch Fyne, about an hour outside Glasgow, to experience the fresh, sustainable seafood which is sourced from the local area. Famed for it's oysters, we couldn't resist a platter and really pushed the boat out (excuse the pun) with lobster for main. I'm a simple kind of guy but my love of seafood has meant I'm always attracted to lobster & oysters. I may be bias but that meal at Loch Fyne was undoubtedly the best I've eaten across the world. After overeating (ice cream was obligatory) Brenda took us to the shores of the loch to discover a mass of oysters beds. Sitting with old friends by a loch is truly second to none.