Photographing the changing face of Glasgow – demolition, new-builds, different suburbs

In some respects, the photograph above encapsulates everything that’s great about Glasgow’s iconic housing stock. On the far left, there’s a red sandstone building whose distinctive colour was sourced from quarries in Ayrshire. Beside it is the more prestigious blonde sandstone, beloved by homeowners throughout the west end and south side of the city. And on the right is a curving crescent of spacious Victorian villas designed by one of Glasgow’s most famous sons – Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson.

It won’t come as a surprise to learn that G75 Images took this shot, as a way of demonstrating Glasgow’s various architectural styles. Rather than photographing a particular property for sales particulars, we were obtaining placeholder images – photos which could only have been taken in Glasgow, for an editorial feature about the city’s property market. You can see other examples of property photography in Glasgow throughout this website (particularly on our residential and architectural pages).

Capturing professional property photography in Glasgow

It’s often said the best way to appreciate Glasgow’s buildings is simply to look up. However, that’s not necessarily the best way to approach property photography in Glasgow. Pointing a camera upwards means vertical lines become distorted and buildings look like they’re falling over. We use a number of photographic techniques to resolve this, but we won’t reveal them here in case our competitors are reading! Suffice it to say we’re able to make the external shots of any tenement or townhouse look optimal, while wide-angle lenses ensure tiled closes and narrow bathrooms are captured in the best possible light. And on the subject of light, we use two flash guns to illuminate awkwardly-shaped internal corridors and rooms.

Property photography in Glasgow has other unique characteristics compared to surrounding commuter-belt towns, where most of the housing stock is less than 60 years old. The riches generated by shipbuilding and maritime trade meant Glasgow’s golden age of construction was the Victorian period, when its homes positively dripped with ornate detailing both inside and out. While low-quality tenements have long since been wiped from the map, and their post-war social housing replacements are in turn being replaced with contemporary low-rise developments, grand 19th century architecture is prominent throughout the city.

There have been many changes in the skyline of Scotland’s largest city, and G75 Images has been present to capture them all. We’ve stayed in city centre hotels that hadn’t opened to the public yet, hung out of a cherry picker 200 feet above the skeleton of an 18-storey new-build tower block, and photographed derelict buildings before they were returned to life. Our property photography in Glasgow has covered new petrol stations and old telephone exchanges, student halls of residence and million-pound new-builds. And we’ve approached every job with the same enthusiasm and commitment, delivering outstanding residential and commercial photography each time. See the difference for yourself by contacting us.