Scotway House / Henderson Shipyard

May 21, 2016 § 2 Comments


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Built in 1885 Scotway house in Glasgow, was originally the drawing offices of DW Henderson Shipbuilder’s.

On the 20th May 2016 it was set on fire. This breaks my heart to see yet another listed building in Glasgow being set on fire deliberately.

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I was fortunate that back in 2010 the back door was open. and I went inside to document this historical gem of building, as I knew one say it would be consumed in flames in the future, as many a listed building in Glasgow that are left to rot, always do.

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Some of the Iron work that had been stripped out from the internal stairway

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The stunning ground floor wood and glass interior.

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The dookits up in the Attic/loft

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A beautiful old can of McEwan’s Export. I never took anything from inside this building, but left it as is, for the next explorer to enjoy.

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Up in the attic / loft there were superb wee paper cut outs glued to the walls, of a golden age that had past.

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The sadness of anything metal, or of value had been stripped. You can see the detail of one of the Iron bannisters at the top of the page.

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Despite the French styled building, designed by Bruce and Hay Architects being is awful condition even back in 2010. The light in some parts was gorgeous, and absent in other parts.

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I hope this building’s shell is rescued, but i fear it was be flattened soon.

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Edit:

It has been more or less demolished now…

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I will miss this old friend…

 

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The Ascent

April 3, 2016 § Leave a comment


I was very fortunate to photograph Jim Griffith and Jolade Olusanya’s ascent up Ben Lomond, in Scotland.

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Jolade who is also photographer and film-maker from London, had never been up a Scottish mountain before. I decided to focus on Jolade and document his experience

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Jolade, who lives in London was use to the flat level, ultra busy environment of the big city. So to escape to fresh open air of the Scottish Highlands was something his mind, body and soul embraced.

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The higher we climbed the views just got better and the sense of scale became more apparent and respected.

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Our thighs at this point were like jelly and mood a little low from the exertion and not being able to see much.

However…

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About three quarter’s of the way to the summit, the thick white clouds began to dissipate. A pastel blue sky began to appear the saturation intensified. The light becoming so bright Jolade could not fully open his eyes. It was just like when you wake up first thing in the morning light, but he soon adjusted.

We all kept on walking, with the tones of our voices lifting, bigger smiles and a new energy.

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We realised that we were all just above the low cloud line. Taking photos in all directions.

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Jolade embracing the mountain fresh air, the view of the clouds beneath him. His legs recovered and standing strong, his mind reflecting on his inner journey.

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We kept walking in awe. The Scottish mountains poking through the clouds ahead of us.

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As we turned the corner and looked up, We could see Jim sitting at the summit, taking in the views in the background and the large Black Raven just in front of him.

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This was Jim’s view…

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When Jolade and I arrived Jim had our lunch all prepared, spicy pasta and a vista to die for.

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Looking north and seeing such mountains as Ben Vorlich and Ben Nevis poking through the clouds.

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Jim at the edge of a large drop, the sense of scale almost over whelming.

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Jolade proud yet humbled by over coming his challenge.

 

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Strong Spirits

February 3, 2013 § 9 Comments


This is a small video I made, documenting the Parkour Practioners, training near ground level at Anderson Annex in Glasgow. By having a strong spirit and working on repetition, enables the practioners to perfect their technical skills before taking it higher.

Film and Photography by Zeno Watson

 

Below are some of my photographs from the on-line film.

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Glasgow Mela 2012

June 24, 2012 § Leave a comment


Just a quick post, to give you a flavour of a certain beautiful moment, at Glasgow’s O2 Mela Festival.

And a quick video, to give you an idea of the sounds that brought us all together.

Tough Times

May 25, 2012 § Leave a comment


Behind the Photo 002

December 8, 2011 § Leave a comment


The second instalment from from my Behind The Photo series.

Apologies for the the poor sound, but it was gale force winds in the city of Glasgow. So I decided to embrace the elements of rain, hail stones and very strong winds as it provided me with an interesting Street Photography opportunity.

Behind The Photo

December 7, 2011 § Leave a comment


Behind the photo is a mini video series I will continuously uploading.

The point of this series, will be to give an insight into my thoughts and what I captured that day. To reveal what I think before, during and after a photo walk on the Streets.

There will be days where I may not see anything worth while, there may be days I get a couple of ok photos and hopefully there will be days when I am in the zone and capturing great photos.

So please subscribe to my YouTube channel and share the journey with me.

As usual I appreciate your support, thoughts and opinions.

Zeno

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