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Tympanum relief on Anderson College Of Medicine in Dumbarton Road

I noticed this a while ago, but was a little disappointed to find that the usual reference I look to for details of buildings around Glasgow referred to this detail as little more than “Notable sculpted panel by James Pittendreigh MacGillivray to Dumbarton Road”.

It looks far more interesting than that.

I had dig a little, but found it to be “Tympanum relief group depicting the 16th Century physician Peter Lowe and his Students”.

That’s better.

Anderson College of Medicine tympanum

Anderson College of Medicine tympanum

It took me so long to dig that crumb up I almost missed the rest of the features, but the delay gave me a chance to go back and collect them before finalising this post.

High above the main door is a date stone which also identified the building.

Andersons College Medical School Date Stone 1889

Andersons College Medical School Date Stone 1889

Due to the demolition works surrounding much of this building at the moment, the next subject was almost hidden as it’s not visible from Dumbarton Road, and I only discovered it while looking at a more detailed survey of the building’s decorations.

It’s only visible from the east, and only from below, unless you have a handy cherry picker in your back pocket.

It may be revealed once the demolition work is completed, but will be semi-hidden if a new building is constructed next door.

If I can remember, I might watch for a chance for a direct line of sight, and a better pic.

This view was taken with my back against the perimeter fencing of the adjacent site, and is as far as you can get from the carving. You would need the aforementioned cherry picker, or a scaffold platform to get up to, and level with, this sculpture to get a decent view or shot.

Click for bigger.

Andersons College Medical School Window Surround Carving

Andersons College Medical School Window Surround Carving

29/06/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Today is Camera Day

29 June is Camera Day.

Insert history of the camera from 1825 (taken to be the date of the first known heliograph, or photograph) until today. (That was easy 🙂 ).

It’s probably also worth mentioning the standardisation of JPEG and MPEG in 1988, a surprisingly smart move which allowed images and video files to be compressed for storage.

Just imagine if this had seen the same stupidity as befell video, which eventually settled on VHS, but there had been Betamax, 8 mm video, V2000, and others most people were fortunate never to have heard of. And that’s forgetting the separate world of professional video which had even more ‘standards’.

I’ve got far too many cameras lying around now.

I thought I could be done with this nonsense after buying my (film) Canon A1. This had all the modes, and manual of course, and unlike many others, steered clear of silly toys like programming cards, barcode readers, and other modes that sound great, but are useless in the real world. With a small Olympus zoom pocket camera, and a good 110 on hand if I need something small I thought I was covered.

I’d even collected a couple of really REALLY small Minox ‘spy’ cameras for special occasions.

Of course, that didn’t last, and things kicked off again when genuine autofocus arrived, so the lot ended up being retired and replaced, this time Canon EOS.

Still not done, as digital photography arrived, and we were off again.

I’ve run through compact cameras, bridge cameras, and eventually dSLRs, with the latter not being ‘collected’ until the price became reasonable – there were times I thought it was never going to come down, but dSLRs did reach mass production levels, and the price fell appropriately.

The good news these days is the tech has become fairly mature, so the improvements are marginal, meaning that ‘new model’ envy doesn’t mean a lot if you are more interested in taking a decent picture than having the latest gadget.

It’s a while since I saw anything that would significantly better what I have at the moment – and even (independent) professionals who review new models are suggesting that if you have the ‘old’ model, there’s little point in dumping it for the latest version.


Nikon Cat

29/06/2019 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment


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