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BOB in the Night

BOB in the NightTo round off the week of foggy photos, we have Lilybank Gardens and the Boyd Orr Building. By this point the fog had pretty much faded. In my rush to (unsuccessfully) photograph the University Tower in the fog, I missed the opportunity to capture the top half of the Boyd Orr Building completely encased in the fog, with only the lights breaking through.

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Towering Library in the Fog

Towering Library in the FogThe lights on top of the Mackintosh House and the Hunterian Art Gallery kinda mess with the effect I was trying to go with here, diminishing the ghostly blue and white of the Library‘s windows as it disappears into the fog. Still, kinda creepy but captivating.

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Library Hill in the Fog

Library Hill in the FogOf all the foggy photos I’ve posted thus far, this one from Library Hill is probably my favourite, mainly due to the lights reflected of the colours of the Fraser Building to the right, and the Library disappearing on the left.

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Reading (Room) in the Fog

Reading (Room) in the FogThe Round Reading Room entrance (although it doesn’t look very round from this angle) on a foggy night. What this photo really needs is a layer of fog covering the ground as well, but the shadows on the trees work too. Oh, and a traffic cone. Gotta have a traffic cone.

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North Front in the Fog

North Front in the FogThe North Front of the Gilbert Scott Building and the Memorial Gates in the foggy night. I’m quite fond of the shadows the lights create onto University Avenue. Shame about the scaffolding covering the eastern side of the North Front (but they should be coming down by the end of the academic year).

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Foggy Campus

Foggy CampusAh, another foggy night in Glasgow. Noticed the fog out of my window around midnight, grabbed the camera and tripod and ran over to the University, trying to make it to get a shot of the University Tower lit up in the fog. As you can see, unfortunately, I didn’t make it.

I’ll be posting a few more foggy photos for the next few days. It’s such a rare and interesting event that I might as well make the most of it.

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Spikes and Spires in the Night

Spikes and Spires in the NightThere’s something about the University at night which makes it have a completely different character to it, especially the oldest sections of Gilmorehill. It may be the Gothic revival architecture, or the contrasts all over the place, or something else. Here’s one, taken at night in the moonlight, of the University Tower and the spikes on the fence which lines the length of University Avenue.

By the way, how awesome is the moss on the roof of the security gatehouse by the Main Gate?

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J is for… James II, Bishop Turnbull, and Pope Nicholas V [ABC Sundae]

J is for... James II, Bishop Turnbull, and Pope Nicholas V [ABC Sundae]The University of Glasgow was founded by James II, King of Scots, William Turnbull, Bishop of Glasgow, and Pope Nicholas V. I figured I would write a little bit about the founders. Just a tiny bit, not a full history or anything.

King James II
James II (1430-1460) reigned as King of Scots from 1437 to his death. He ascended to the throne after the assassination of his father, James I. He took up the regency in 1448 at the age of 18, having studied at the University of St Andrews, which had been founded in 1410-1413.

He died in 1460, but unlike his father he was not assassinated. No, the story is a bit weirder. Short story: James II died at the siege of Roxburgh Castle when one of his cannons exploded. Long story: An ardent supporter of artillery, James II was testing his new cannon (which he called Lion) on the battlements when he died. The cannon, as cannons from the era sometimes did, exploded, and he had insisted on standing by when they tested the cannon. The explosion shattered his right leg and he eventually died of loss of blood.

Bishop Turnbull
William Turnbull (c1400-1454), the Bishop of Glasgow, was instrumental in founding the University of Glasgow, and is considered its founder. Having studied at the Universities of St Andrews, Leuven (Belgium) and Pavia (Italy), he befriended James II upon his return and became Keeper of the Privy Seal and Royal Secretary. In 1448 he was appointed Bishop of Glasgow which he held until his death in 1454.

Turnbull believed that a University would increase the status of Glasgow (which at the time had a population of less than 3,000). Although having a history stretching back centuries and several notable ecclesiastical institutions such as the Glasgow Cathedral, it was an inconsiderable town.

Upon the establishment of the University of Glasgow, Turnbull became the first Chancellor of the University and oversaw the first years of the fledgling institution at the Glasgow Cathedral.

Pope Nicholas V
Tomaso Parentucelli (1397-1455) became Pope in 1447. He studied Theology at the University of Bologna. He issued the Papal Bull which granted the establishment of the University of Glasgow, and provided for the foundation of studies in not just law and theology, but also the study of arts for younger students.

The University of Glasgow was to be modelled after the University of Bologna, where the students had an important influence in the corporation. In the case of Glasgow, matriculated students and the Rector (who represents the students) were to be part of the general meetings of the University’s decision-making process.

Considering the three men died within a decade of the establishment of the University, and within five years of each other, it was just the right time in history for the University of Glasgow to be established.

ABC Sundae is a fortnightly theme day, occurring every other Sunday, one letter of the alphabet at a time.
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560th Anniversary of the University of Glasgow

560th Anniversary of the University of GlasgowThe papal bull which granted permission for the foundation of the University was signed 560 years ago on this day, January 7th, 1451, by Pope Nicholas V. In other words, congratulations to the University of Glasgow! I once came across a photo of the University’s fifth centenary celebrations in 1951, when they had five spotlights beaming towards the heavens at night from the University, which you can see here. Wish I’d been here then, but being in a University that’s 560 years old is still quite fantastic. The Memorial Gates, which are visible behind the light-writing, were installed in 1951 to mark the 500th anniversary of the University of Glasgow.

The above night-time photo is from the very first time I attempted light-writing, you can see another example of this from a week ago here. I don’t know if it’s any good, but I quite like it. If people think the above is good, I’m tempted to go attempt more sometime soon.

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Happy New Year 2011!

Happy New Year 2011!

The last year has been quite tumultuous for this photoblog, with technical difficulties (broken laptop), misplaced photos, website issues, and problems juggling all my extra-curricular activities. There are a lot of very interesting photos I have saved up from the last year, and the coming months will be quite interesting in terms of what I’ll be posting here. I’ve been doing a lot of catching up on the blog, so hopefully we’ll be back to daily posts!

This is one of my first attempts at light writing, and much of the work was done by my fiancée Nora, who is slightly visible in the photo. All I did was set the camera on a very long exposure, on a tripod, and said “GO!”. Nora then had the job of writing GLASGOW, with a LED flashlight, letter by letter, backwards. I dare say she did an amazing job at too! We did consider writing GLASGOW UNIVERSITY, but I think we’ll practise simpler light writing a few more times before we get to that.

Without further ado, Happy New Year!

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