Glasgow – not a giant silver wood louse but the SECC building
After weeks travelling over mountains and and across the isles of Scotland we are back in the city. We are used to drivers waving at each other on the quiet roads up north, but here we are, just another car looking for a parking place and it feels strange, like sitting on a warm seat that someone has just vacated, mixed with a general feeling of confinement. Having said that, Glasgow has really exceeded our expectations.
The architecture is really adventurous and results in stunning skylines.
Centuries ago Glasgow had money coming in from tobacco plantations in Virginia and some of that wealth was spent on remarkable buildings like the Kelvingrove museum and art gallery, whose bizarre floating heads exhibit is seen below.
We had to film in the historic George Square later but as a campsite of protesters had set up there and were about to be evicted and surrounded by news crews we were faced with the difficult job of filming the area but not showing the crews and people. I’m not against protesting at all, it’s one of our given rights, but if you are, how do you show it?
The moment of eviction for around 35 – 40 protesters was approaching, the TV news crews all had their cameras facing the camp. We however, had ours facing in the opposite direction, across the square which caused some confusion among the news teams and I actually saw one or two of the journalists discussing us in a huddle as if we were in on some secret and we knew the direction the police units would be moving in from. One producer actually ordered his cameraman to point his camera across the square at the impassive lion statues we were filming!
Art and culture play an important part of life in Glasgow and we did our best to film whatever we could – see Andy, below, who confessed to feeling a bit overdressed.
In the last few days of filming, our camera, the Panasonic AG AF101, had developed a worrying fault which meant we were sometimes unable to record until we had jiggled the cable to the hard drive recorder a bit ( jiggled is a highly technical term that takes months of training and needs very precise hand to eye coordination )
In an attempt to get this resolved I called the fittest firm in Glasgow called Mitcorp who managed to mend our camera whilst Andy and I were pacing the workshop like nervous fathers to be. A big thanks goes out to Richard and Danny B who both stayed late to help us – a big Wild Open Eye thanks guys. Jerry and Andy