Lens-Artists Challenge – Getting to Know You

This is Glasgow, and this is a visual ode to my “new” home. There’s nothing that specific that stands out in this city but the city itself. We don’t have an icon to attract visitors like Edinburgh and its castle. Here, the city and its streets are what you should be looking for. And yet, there is so much more.

I’ve been here for 20 years. I’m New Scot. The fact there is such a term is all to know about this country. And Glasgow takes it to a different level. Nothing is perfect, and Glasgow is a perfect example of imperfection. It can be dirty and shiny. Cultured but still prisioner of Catholic and Protestant disagreements/conflicts. Capital of banter and at the same time of swearing.

The creative arts are everywhere. The Glasgow Boys, the Glasgow style, the Glasgow’s prodigal son, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, but also less known architects like Alexander “Greek” Thomson with is very specific style like the inside of this church. Glasgow’s made its fortune from the trade of tobacco and therefore from slavery. That heritage is everywhere in the city centre and indeed, in the impressive mansions on its outskirts. It is a past needing to be acknowledged. It allowed riches beyond compare, for a few. It allowed the City Chambers to be built in the 1880’s, an impressive building boasting to have more marble than the Vatican.

The thing I love the most about Glasgow is everything that is there is for all. Museums, galleries, parks are free. And there’s something for everyone, the River Clyde and woodlands with deer, right at my doorstep. The Dear Green Place living to its name.

Posted for Priscilla’s Lens-Artists Challenge

16 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge – Getting to Know You

  1. A lovely ode to your adopted home Sofia – I loved your comparisons of what is good and bad in the city. Here in the southern U.S. (my adopted home!) slavery is a shameful part of our history and also a contributor to the wealth of the families of former slave owners. Interesting how places so very distant from each other can something like that in common.

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  2. Thanks for joining in the challenge! I am delighted to see depictions of Glasgow as I’ve only been to Edinburgh and Aberdeen. I had to laugh at “banter and swearing”…I can hear the affection in that! Great job!

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  3. What insight, Sofia. This is wonderful. I went to Edinburgh a few years ago and want to go back to Scotland. It is such a magical country. I had no idea that Glasgow made its fortune from the trading of tobacco. I also like how you write about its good and “needs improvement” qualities: “Cultured but still prisoner of Catholic and Protestant disagreements/conflicts. Capital of banter and at the same time of swearing.” What a great description! I admire how you made Glasgow your new home. That takes courage and flexibility.

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    1. In these times of looking back and seeing history for what it was, UK has a lot to think about and Scotland has its share. It gave us magnificent buildings, a city that is used in Hollywood films because it still looks the part of a turn of the century metropolis but the layers go on until you reach absolute poverty. If you have a chance to visit Scotland, Glasgow is as a valid destination as Edinburgh.
      Thank you for you kind words, Patti.


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