August 7, 2017 § Leave a comment
I have been super busy this Summer and cannot complain. Below is a mixture of personal and commercial work.
I had a real rare pleasure photographing Photographer, Director and Chancellor David Eustace at his house in Edinburgh. From the minute he opened the door to saying goodbye, he was a total Gentlemen. David gave me free reign of his house and let me do my thing, not once suggesting this or that. It made me respect David even more.
I am working on a long term project of top Scottish figureheads in the arts, culture and entertainment industry and David is up there on a global level.
I went with two setups. One with natural light beaming into David Eustace’s hallway. The second was a three speed light setup.
With Glasgow having a couple of real sunny days, it was a real pleasure to shoot a lot of property for DJ Alexander. With such examples as below:
At the beginning of July, I finally got to meet and photograph Bill Wilson. We have known each other online (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) for a short while. And we both got the time in our hectic schedules to go ahead with a portrait shoot. Bill is stylish charismatic, creative and a businessman. To me a fantastic quality combination. For this shoot, I used a 32″ Westcott Rapid Duo softbox.
I have a photo shoot for a client later in the year, and wanted to nail some test shots. I used myself as the test subject and practice various combinations. I photographer should always be practising and innovating. I had fun creating this scene below from a boring grey overcast car park to something vivid and cinematic. I used gels on my lighting to achieve this look.
As a photographer is pays to always carry a camera with you. And when I don’t have my large DSLR camera on me, I will always have my trusty Ricoh GR. One of the mornings I was out early. It was amazing fog and the sun was beginning to rise in Glasgow. I had to quickly park the car and capture it.
It was great to catch up with fellow photographer Peter McNally, as we have some future plans on a Glasgow Project. I could not resist capturing a portrait of Peter, as he has done the same for me over the years. I think Peter McNally looks superb in this shot below.
Time to leave Glasgow now, and head up north to the Highlands of Scotland. I needed to scout a couple of locations up there in the magical lands. I also photographed a few of the the more touristy places for my own, as the ever changing light and colours was a feast for the eyes and soul.
Back to my home city of Glasgow, and hired by Chris Grant of Parkour Generations Glasgow. We did some head shots and lots of action shots. Below is just a taster, as photos will be released throughout the year. If you are in Glasgow, and would love to learn Parkour, check out Chris Grant’s Parkour classes.
From outside to inside now working with talented Sarah Haran of VVA, for an event “An Evening of Style” in Glasgow’s Gusto Restaurant. I have shot many events, and feel at home photographing interesting people enjoying a good night.
It is nice now and then to come out of my little bubble, and see what else is happening out there. So when i got an invite from Simon Murphy to his exhibition in Govanhill Baths, I went along and really enjoyed it. Simon Murphy’s work was strong and memorable with the Photographic prints on the wall in each bath cubical.
So what is next?
Well there have been meetings had for future shoots, so watch this space. In the meantime this envelope came through my door…
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January 27, 2017 § Leave a comment
It has been another very busy few months, with commercial and a few personal projects on the go.
I have also been selling Prints to clients. And it’s beautiful seeing a richly detailed Print that is bigger and more vibrant than what we see on our phones or tablets.
It was nice to be contacted by the BBC and did a bit of TV work too and appearing on the weekend of Friday 27th January 6pm CBBC and Saturday 28th January 7pm CBBC. I will be a guest Photography judge on Sam & Marks Big Friday Wind-Up. Good fun! #BBC #CBBC #Photography #ZenoWatson
The TV Show is available online for the next few weeks and can be found by: Tapping Here
Below are some of the Street Photography shots old and new.
There are beautiful gallery quality prints I have for sale at ScotStreetStyle Onward Gallery. Why not treat a wall in your home or office to a slice of Glasgow.
It was lovely to here feedback from @davewasabi:
“Detail of amazing photo – and incredible print – of Gardner St, Partick by @zenowatson My Granny lived there, my mum was born there. #memories #roots #tenementlife Thanks to @scotstreetstyle for the tip-off and my lovely wife for buying it. #hame #glasgow“
Thank you for taking the time to look.
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May 28, 2016 § Leave a comment
I was hired last week to photograph the stylish model and Pro Ice Hockey player Steven Chalmers, in the amazing city of Glasgow.
Steven was fantastic to work with, together we turned the rain to our advantage.
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May 21, 2016 § 2 Comments
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.
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.
Some of the Iron work that had been stripped out from the internal stairway
The stunning ground floor wood and glass interior.
The dookits up in the Attic/loft
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.
I actually sat on the roof for a bit, embracing the Glasgow Clydeside skyline.
Up in the attic / loft there were superb wee paper cut outs glued to the walls, of a golden age that had past.
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.
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.
I hope this building’s shell is rescued, but i fear it was be flattened soon.
It has been more or less demolished now…
I will miss this old friend…
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May 8, 2016 § Leave a comment
I was fortunate to be hired, to do another photo shoot with the UK’s finest young Parkour athlete Robbie Griffith, at the Clydeside in Glasgow, around 6:30 in the morning.
The early rise allowed us to shoot in the morning light in the quietness.
I used a lower shutter speed to add some motion to the photo, so the viewer could have a sense of motion.
It is photo shoots like this I am happy that I photograph completely in Manual setting, which allow me to have full control of what I want to achieve from the photo, and not letting the camera guess for me.
Robbie is a true professional, he is far capable of higher, more dramatic and complex moves, but allowed me to keep it simple, for this particular fresh and vivid shoot.
I used a mixture of natural back or side light from the Sun with a medium softbox as a fill light.
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March 16, 2016 § Leave a comment