For some reason, this was a bit of a forgotten shoot for a couple of years. That’s not to say it was a bad shoot – on the contrary, I got a number of images that remain amongst my personal favourites years later. But I’m putting it down to the shoot being stored on a rarely used drive, and as such it was ‘out of sight’ for a period of time until I came across it while hunting for something else.
This was a bit of a drizzly Saturday morning in October. Sometimes the best shoots I have start off where I have absolutely no idea where I’m going or to do what.
These images were shot mostly in what is often referred to as the ‘Financial District’ in Glasgow – city blocks full of banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions. As such, on a Saturday those streets are often very quiet indeed – and that draws me to that area simply from a point of view of being less ‘in the way’ of other people when I’m shooting, and also fewer distractions. I have to admit I’m not much of a fan of having an audience while I shoot so this is a key factor for me.
James’s style on this occasion was quite ‘preppy’ (I’m not even sure if that’s really a word used in the UK, but I know what it means in my head so that’s what’s important!). Perhaps a little bit vintage theme, so that influence, along with the drizzly day led me to process these images in either black and white, or muted tones when in colour.
It’s a shoot that’s clearly had some influence on me as I revisited many of these locations in my most recent shoot with Declan. (more on that later)