During the summer I finally got two volunteering jobs to keep me occupied. One was at the Hidden Gardens behind the Tramway Gallery, the other was at the newly opened Oxfam Bookshop at Royal Exchange Square. The Tramway ran a Biodiversity Photographic Competition where the winner had the opportunity to show their photography skills on special postcards. Surprisingly, two out of my six entries were chosen, one even making it onto the promotional cover.
The first photo deals with the theme of being ‘environmentally friendly’. The Tramway was, as the name suggests, a former tram depot. The rails on the factory floor and the industrial chimney outside in the gardens are a reminder of its past. In the foreground is a ginkgo tree, considered to be a living fossil because it is the only example of a prehistoric tree still existing in the world. The composition combines the two symbols of the Tramway to show how they co-exist today.
The second one chosen was ‘water’. Ironically, there isn’t much water in the bird bath itself but the light reflecting off the bowl gives the impression of cool tranquility.
During my time at Oxfam, filming for the upcoming movie ‘World War Z’ was taking place in George Square. I never took any pictures of the actual film set but it was just smashed yellow cabs, American street signs and SWAT Team vans. It was rather unusual to see helicopters flying low with heavy duty cameras or the jeeps fitted with huge boom arms. Of course, before the FX people turned up Glasgow was already a zombie wasteland. Ha ha.
Anyway, because of my art background, Oxfam’s manager, Gillian, asked me to help design the sign for the front of the shop. Something ‘ye olde’. I added a vintage pointing hand which compliments the font quite well. I didn’t paint it, but whoever did did a great job of adding a shadow effect to the lettering. That, along with the Tramway photos, will be good additions to my portfolio. Although I anticipate that when I go back to Royal Exchange Square it will have been painted over. Or defiled by the living dead…