Friday, 5 May 2017
West End. Part Two. A Love Affair With Colour.
The second and last part of my spring photo gallery set in Glasgow's West End district. This is Ashton Lane off Byres Road, a tiny minor back street full of trendy bars, restaurants, shops and a cinema. The main reason this can survive and thrive here is that it backs straight onto the University of Glasgow Campus which is 50 steps away from the end of this lane. A morning delivery here as normally this place is busy with people so awkward for good polite photography without getting random faces rightfully glaring at the intrusion of privacy.
Underneath the clock tower on the right hand side is the building that once held Coopers grocery store, an early and prestigious supermarket catering for this area ( now a pub and restaurant but still retaining many of the grand interiors of the period old store) and on the left what used to be Cleopatra's nightclub, famous for decades and popular with nurses, students and off duty police apparently.
The reason for the title will become apparent in this video. Most folk like colour presumably.. but it doesn't consume them. With me it always has. I've been heavily drawn to vivid colours since early childhood, like a moth to a flame, so this description fits perfectly with my whole existence. I've always had a powerful love affair with colour in my own modest way. My lifelong main addiction. It explains my philosophy on the world from a young child on-wards. I simply live for colour. No surprise then that throughout this blog I've been obsessed with it, hence the blog name itself and my love of sunshine which only enhances the beauty of the surroundings around me. I'm like a miner willing to spend hours and years underground in the pursuit of rare sparkling gems and golden gleaming objects as I've often gone to extreme lengths just to get a new colour or look for my photographic online scrapbook on here.
Mostly, I've been an instinctive natural seeker of visionary wonders in the wildlife and landscape spectrum so this video was something of a revelation to me that filmmakers have established set patterns to follow and work with if they wish to do so. For my part I never follow any rules in colour themes, even basic ones, as until now I didn't know they even existed. Just 'like' and 'dislike' works for me as I'm pretty thick at times spotting the bigger overall picture. I learned a lot from this short video and many of the films featured in here are my personal favourites but certain others are not.
'The Road' for example- cold, grey, grim and utterly depressing yet the same basic story worked for me in The Last of Us - full of warmth, beauty, colour and hope yet set in a similar apocalyptic setting.
The Grand Budapest Hotel. -full of colour but a jigsaw puzzle of falling pieces at random with no real substance, arty clever sets but devoid of human emotions throughout or a compelling story-line in favour of quirky individual snapshots...or that's how I viewed it anyway. Lasted less than an hour in watching it -twice.
Moonrise Kingdom. Same director but with an added warmth and a coming of age story that gripped me 20 minutes in despite the usual annoying quirks that inhabit all this director's work. Cracking film saved by two child stars with sparkle and a great storyline that overpowered the quirky style and turned it into his masterpiece instead. A great story is always a starting point for my tastes in films with anything else built on top of that. Educational stuff though about deliberate use of colour palettes in films through the decades... for me at least.