Anchor Line Glasgow. This summer I must have photographed around 100 properties and pretty much everything has been for Airbnb but last week I was asked to photograph an aparthotel for a company called Native Places. Native Places offer serviced apartments and hotels largely in London but they’re looking to expand and their first offering in Glasgow will be 60+ aparthotels at the Anchor Line building in (smack bang) central Glasgow.
The Anchor Line sits on St Vincents Place and is literally just on the corner of George Square. The Anchor Line company dates back to 1838 and you can read all about the genuinely interesting history of the building here (seriously do have a read). I would love to learn more about the building and it’s history but basically you have a restaurant downstairs, which looks great, and the rest of the building is currently a building site from which the aparthotels will be finished and opened in the next couple of months. For this shoot literally one room was set up, a premium studio, and my understanding was after the shoot pretty much everything in the room would be taken back in storage.
I mentioned the 100 properties I photographed for Airbnb above as this shoot required something quite different to what I normally shoot. For the majority of shoots I do I take super wide angle estate-agent style photos, some medium photos and some detail shots and for most shots I shoot quite low angles. But Native Places wanted me to shoot much higher angle and much closer. Rather than show everything, which is more important for estate agents/Airbnb etc, the idea is to give an impression of the room(s) so people will be more curious. Pretty cool idea.
So for this shoot I took photos on the Wednesday, was booked two days before on the Monday to do the shoot and it took me a few days to edit the photos. At the end of last week I did a few last minute jobs and had some work to complete, then at the weekend I was attacked by a local cat while I was defending my cat and ended up visiting the Minor Injuries Clinic at the Western General where I was given a course of antibiotics. But minor injury aside, this was a quick job, was good fun (we had to walk around the building in full builders’ gear) and I really like the photos.
Coming up I’ve got two weddings to shoot this week, both of which I’m really looking forward to photographing, more properties, I’m busy with my web design business which I’ll be launching properly this autumn and we just booked a holiday to Thailand 😀 This Christmas and New Year we’ll be disappearing for nearly three weeks for a desperately needed holiday.
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