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Maxwell Park Station, December 2009

Maxwell Park Station, December 2009
Posted on: [2010-01-02] Categories: [B&W]  [Canon Powershot G9]  [Glasgow]  

My first post of 2010 was taken just after Christmas, which was the first white Christmas we have had for a long time. We are in the middle of the longest cold spell in many years and the snow that fell a couple of weeks ago has now turned to ice, as temperatures haven't risen much above freezing in that time.

We were discussing with friends yesterday how much the services within the City have been cut back recently. Those outside Glasgow may not know that the City will host the 2014 Commonwealth Games and, although the Council will deny it, most residents believe these cuts are to finance the games and that things are unlikely to improve any time soon. The clearing of the roads and pavements of snow and ice is one thing that has suffered and another is that our refuse collection has gone from once a week to once a month, with stockpiles of uncollected rubbish lining the streets and gardens of the City. I say all this because the Camera Club of which I am a member will be embarking on making a year long record of the City during 2010. This was last done in 1955 and, as one of the last surviving clubs in the City, we have taken on the task of making a new record 55 years on. Social issues within the City, such as those, are likely to feature heavily, as well as some of the more positive aspects of life in Scotland's largest City. I'll tag these images as I go along and hopefully as the year progresses I will have a decent contribution to the project. The aim is that we will have an exhibition sometime in 2011 and perhaps a book, but that is some way down the line!

For anyone in the Glasgow area early in the New Year, I will be contributing to a group exhibition in the Mussel Inn Gallery on Hope Street. The exhibition runs from the 7th January until early February and will feature around 30 prints from 10 photographers from the south side of Glasgow.

Song of the Day: Someday [Steve Earle]