"If I had the money I’d just bugger off somewhere for 3 months and then I’d be happy.” Giulia - Glasgow Photo - @rebeccaamacphail If I had the money I’d just bugger off somewhere for 3 months and then I’d be happy when I got back. I love travelling. I went to Amsterdam in the summer and last year I went to Berlin. Next place I want to go to is Eastern Europe so Croatia, Czech Republic, that kinda thing. I’ve mainly been travelling to Europe at the moment because that’s cheap. If I had all the money in the world I would go everywhere. But I think at the moment if I had enough money I’d go to New Zealand for a month. I’d love to watch the All Blacks play in Christchurch because I think that’d be wonderful.
"Never plan to be somewhere because you’ll never get there if you plan it." Allie - Glasgow Photo - @rebeccaamacphail I have no clue where I’ll be tomorrow, I’m just winging life basically. I’m a photographer and I’m trying to get in to big magazines. I’ve been published twice before and I’m hoping to keep going and get published for a third time at least. I’ve been doing quite a lot of work in London and I’m going back next year. I don’t want to stay in Glasgow. I’m only in Glasgow to study and then I’m going back to London. My plan is to go to London and try and get published there. If I can’t then I’ll travel to Paris, Milan, New York and Tokyo. Basically, places where fashion is quite big. In Glasgow the fashion community is so small, which makes it difficult to build a career here. Most of the work I do in Glasgow is for some of the modelling agencies - taking photos of new faces and doing test shoots for their models. I have no idea where I’m going to end up. I think you should never plan to be somewhere because you’ll never get there if you plan it.
"I like to make people feel good about themselves.” Victoria - Kings Park Photo - @rebeccaamacphail I’ve always wanted to be a make-up artist. I got into it through college. I had to do a year of hairdressing first, which I didn’t want to do, but I got into make-up artistry after years of being in jobs I didn’t like. I like to make people feel good about themselves and transform them into the most beautiful version of themselves. I would love to work in TV and film for a while to experience that, also theatre, because I’d like to work in special effects for a bit. For now though, I really enjoy working in the salon doing special occasion makeup. I love it at the moment but can’t wait to progress further.
"I can come to work looking lowkey like a mess and no one really cares” -Iffat Photo - @omaralzidjali I just came back from work - i'm a photographer at this children's modelling studio, so I?m really used to being behind the camera and accepting the fact that I can come to work looking lowkey like a mess and no one really cares. So being in front of the camera is incredibly daunting and lets me put into perspective how a child might feel when I?m snapping away in the studio. The people I work with are the best! The parents and children are super fun and there is always a new story for your heart to melt over.
"It’s all about integrating classic with modern” Vincent Photo - @omaralzidjali I have a pretty normal life. I’ve got a 9-5 job and I hang out with friends during the weekend. We usually spend it hanging out, listening to music, rapping and chilling. I’m part of a collective called Togo Fam and Subfriction Records. I’ve got a pretty laid back personality so my life tends to be just that… laid back. I’ve been making music for around 6 years now and I’m a huge fan of movies. I’m really into Neo Noir type films. I love everything about the Neo Noir genre. It fuses the old school with the new, more visual, colourful techniques. It’s like when a modern photographer takes a picture on a film camera, or a music producer produces something on tape. It’s all about integrating classic with modern. It puts such a cool twist on it. I love the aesthetics of the genre, the themes, the different and odd camera placements. It’s a nice change from all the stuff that’s been coming out recently.
"Dubai can be really draining, so when I come to Glasgow I get to re-energise” Saleem Photo - @omaralzidjali I travel a lot for work. It’s pretty amazing actually because I get to see the world and all the different things not many other people get to see. I’m very lucky, but it really takes its toll sometimes. I’m half Scottish and my mother is from Glasgow but I mainly live in Dubai. When I come here I absolutely love it. It’s less stressful. Dubai can be really draining, so when I come here for like 3 weeks, I get to re-energise myself and relax a little bit. I’m going to the highlands for the first time in my life this weekend and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve heard a lot about the fresh Scottish air so that will be nice. I really want to see some highland cows or deer too.
"I wasn’t sure what I wanted to pursue as a career but I grew to love interior architecture very quickly” Iman - Whiteinch Photo - @omaralzidjali I study in Edinburgh but I pretty much live in Glasgow. I come back whenever I have time off. I’m studying interior architecture at Edinburgh Napier University and I love my course. I don’t think interior architecture was something I always wanted to do. I think it was something I only looked into in my final year at school because I wasn’t entirely sure on what I wanted to pursue as a career but I grew to love it very quickly and I don’t regret my choice at all. I’ve got my exhibition coming up in the next few weeks as well as my graduation next month. I have already applied for jobs so I’m really excited for what’s to come.
"I’ve been a musician for around 13 years. It can be the best and worst job at times.” Lewis Photo - @omaralzidjali I’ve been a musician for around 13 years and I think I have the usual ups and downs most people experience. It can be the best and worst job at times. Fortunately, either way, it’s rarely boring. The past year has been spent playing up and down Britain. We’ve just finished a 30 gig run and we've been doing a lot of festivals lately. We have more gigs coming up so now is the time to take a minute out, which gives me time to get a couple music videos done before heading to do it ALL over again.
Peter – Dumfries Photo - @kirstinmcewanphotography I studied interactive design in London and I returned to Dumfries a year ago to focus on my creative practice while developing my own studio. In the last couple of years, I have become fascinated by trees. This is born out of utilising wood in a project that I began working on around the same time. This interest has grown as I've looked more into research on their lives and their connections to both us and the environment. Woodworking is the medium inmy current creative practice. I started with making vessels and bowls and have begun progressing to larger more sculptural pieces. I love making things that balance on narrow points creating a sense of vulnerability and fragility. My work focuses on provoking thought about trees and how they are both strong and fragile at the same time and how these are both good qualities. Also, this reflects my own thoughts about masculinity and seeing vulnerability and fragility as positive things not to be afraid of.
Hannah – Dumfries Photo - @kirstinmcewanphotography I work as a makeup artist in Dumfries and have done so for a few years now. I mostly do weddings and nights out or special occasions but also spend time doing masterclasses and working in other studios. I love that every day is different, and I get to meet new people every day through doing something I love.I recently bought a house with my husband and we’ve spent a lot of time and effort renovating it. I always thought renovating a house would be fun but it’s actually turned out to be the most stressful thing I’ve ever done in my life. What this experience has really taught me though is how much I take things for granted. Simple things like a working shower or toilet. We were without both for weeks so we had to stay with my husband’s parents for a while, which was an added stress on top of renovating the house!
Leo – Dumfries Photo - @kirstinmcewanphotography I never thought I’d come back to Dumfries when I left for uni, but after a skiing accident I had to move home. I’m doing a lot better now and am involved in the local arts community, which is really revitalising the town and making me glad to live here. Recovery is a slow process and I still have to be careful, which people don’t always see from the outside. Most of the time I’m glad of that, but I think health and disability is a really important conversation that we don’t have enough understanding of. It sounds strange but it’s only since leaving the city that I’ve had time to actually come out about my gender and sexuality and learn to present myself in a way that feels affirming. I know I’m really privileged to be able to do that. This is one reason I’ve started organising queer arts events in Dumfries; to provide more spaces of community, as there’s a lot of isolation for rural LGBTQIA people. It’s hard sometimes, often these things are two steps forward and one step back – a slow, lifting dance onwards and upwards!
Hayley – Glasgow Photo - @kirstinmcewanphotography I’m 23 and currently in my fourth and final year studying Primary Education at the University of Glasgow Dumfries Campus. I’ve lived in Dumfries for 3 years now but Glasgow will always be my home. This summer I au paired in in Barcelona with the coolest and most lovely family. It really was an incredible experience and I wish I had done it sooner. I looked after two beautiful girls aged 10 and 12; I miss them so much now that I’m not spending every day with them. During my experience as an au pair, I was able to explore the city, learn another language, live with a Spanish family and immerse myself in a different culture and lifestyle. I would highly recommend anyone thinking about becoming an au pair to do so. Being an au pair has inspired me and motivated me to learn different languages, explore different cultures, travel, and always to be open to new opportunities.
Ruaridh - Dumfries Photo- @kirstinmcewanphotography I’ve been really finding myself over the last year and a half, and I guess, emotionally, now feels like a good time for me. Last year I was living in Sweden and I guess something about their society and the lifestyle helped me really start to come to terms with myself. I came out to my friends and family, and ever since I’ve felt my confidence shoot up drastically. I went away to Sweden full of self-loathing and I was pretty bitter but I feel like I’ve come back so much more confident and comfortable in my own skin. Coming out and accepting myself has led me to make even more leaps forward, like starting my own PR business and having a more proactive social life. Right now, I really want to see my hometown of Dumfries develop a more ‘Scandi’ approach to things. Hopefully that kind of social dynamic can help more people who are struggling or feeling oppressed just like I was.
Cara - Glasgow MCM Comic Con Dressed as The Beldam @carascosplaychronicles I’ve been planning this costume for about a year now and been making it for about 2 months on and off. I’m actually on a performance costume course at Edinburgh Uni and I’m enjoying it immensely. I’m in my 3rd year right now. I actually chose to do costume because people kept asking what I was going to do after I finished school and it made me really irritated so I picked the weirdest one I could find, ran with it and ended up enjoying it. In the future I’d love to make costumes whether it be for film, theatre or making it for anyone who wants something brought to life.
Cameron - Glasgow MCM Comic Con Dressed as Old Man Joseph Joestar I’ve come to Comic Con every year that it’s been in Glasgow so far. I’ve always been really into geek culture, it started with comics and then moved onto manga and anime so anything geeky, I’m a part of. I actually met my girlfriend here at Comic Con two years ago and she was dressed as Bayonetta from the Bayonetta game series. The funny thing is I met her there but I didn’t realise she went to the same college as me so we started talking about Comic Con at college and I asked her who she was dressed as and she told me Bayonetta. It turns out I had got a picture with her at Comic Con and didn’t realise. One thing led to another and we started going out.
Stuart - Glasgow MCM Comic Con dressed as Doctor Who I didn’t actually make the costume, I’m very thankful that my mum bought me all this stuff for Christmas a few years ago because she knew how much I loved Doctor Who and then I thought what else can I do except wear it to the cinema so that’s why I started coming to Comic Con. When I first started coming I was very self conscious but everyone is so welcoming and I’ve made a ton of friends through it. When you come to these events you see a lot of people buying things at all the stalls, don’t get me wrong, I do it as well, but for me coming to Comic Con is all about meeting new people.
Jonathan – Glasgow MCM Comic Con Dressed as Doomslayer Video gaming is a big part of my life, it certainly hasn’t helped with exam results in any way, shape or form. Some of my best memories are from gaming, sitting down playing Halo, playing Xbox. I love Comic Con, I’ve been coming to Glasgow Comic Con every year and also travelling down to London of it as well. I make costumes to avoid making friends, it’s quiet effective actually! Don’t worry I’m only joking. My friend asked me 3 years ago if I wanted to give making costumes a try and I just kind of did it as a bit of a fluke and I enjoyed it so I just kept doing it, it’s something I really love doing
Vanessa – Glasgow MCM Comic Con Today I’m cosplaying Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time. I’ve spent about 5 days in total making everything and putting it together which is a fairly short amount of time in comparison to the other costumes here today. I’ve never cosplayed to this extent before, this is definitely my favourite one so far. Dressing similar to a character isn’t that much of a big deal for me, it’s something I do on a daily basis but full on dressing up like this I love all the attention I’m getting, all the people coming and asking for pictures, I really love it.