Paisley Photographs, official Paisley website containing Photographs of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland with some superb videos of Paisley and the town.

Lighting up Shakespeare combines Jacobean history (the period when Shakespeare’s plays were written and first performed) with the latest LED technology to authentically and safely create a unique audience experience. The project came from my own interest as a lighting designer; I wondered how it might have looked and how lighting could alter the dynamics of a theatre.

The project provides two aspects to the Jacobean stage; covering the stage with light as if lit by chandeliers and using prop lighting such as cressets and lanterns.  Chandeliers hung over the stage and also provided light onto the audience.  Cressets provided light at the front doors of the theatre and were then moved to the stage to add side light once the play started.  These items would have used tallow (animal fat) with a wick made from rush or flax.

Footlights added extra light and were basic to begin with; merely oil lamps placed at the front of the stage but later with advances from Nicola Sabbatini, became more technical and even had methods of “dimming”.

I originally wanted to recreate the Jacobean stage but the wide eyed look from my health and safety manager made me reconsider and that got me thinking… How do you recreate candle-light? How can we keep history alive without the health and safety risks?  My answer?  LEDs.

LED or Light Emitting Diode to give it its full title, have boomed in to the market of recent years and have been incorporated in to what seems like just about everything.  The main advantage to LEDs is their mono-chromaticity.  Now, this does present its own problems but if you took a normal tungsten light bulb and you dimmed it, you would notice it turning a more orange colour; its colour temperature changes.  If you dim an LED, its colour temperature does not change thus making it much easier to match the colour of the candle along with the light level or lux level.

Both stage lighting and prop lighting have two elements; the colour and the flicker. The tallow creates an orange-yellow flame, more orange than a modern day candle and not as bright.  To achieve this match, I used two different colour combinations: red, green and blue and orange, white and green.  When projected on to a reference white background, both combinations produced an exact metamer (colour match) to the tallow candle.

There’s so much more information I’d like to share with you on this project so please visit my website www.lightingupshakespeare.wordpress.com

Emma Armstrong is Stage Technician for Renfrewshire Arts and Museums, Scotland. There will be a “Lighting up Shakespeare” exhibition at Paisley Museum, Renfrewshire, Scotland.  It will be a small exhibition all about the work I have done on this project.  This opens on August 22nd 2012 and will run for 10 weeks.  I will also be presenting a paper at the Glasgow Progress in Colour Studies Conference on July 11th 2012.

Second set of Paisley Photographs of the Scottish Cycling Championships which made its return to Paisley town centre. The competition was hard and fast and resulted in a few crashes, hopefully all cyclists were ok. The action however continued and the crowds which flocked to see the event were thrilled by the competitors.

If you have any photographs of Paisley and surrounding areas and would like your images to feature on here then please send them into brian@paisley.org.uk full credit will be given.

All of the Paisley Photographs taken by Cameron Pollock for www.paisley.org.uk

Sunday the 19th August in town we took some amazing Paisley Photographs of the Scottish Cycling Championships which made its return to Paisley town centre. The competition was hard and fast and resulted in a few crashes, hopefully all cyclists were ok. The action however continued and the crowds which flocked to see the event were thrilled by the competitors.

Annie Crawford of Paisley on the web was on hand to take the first batch of photographs, Cameron Pollock was also at the event and we will post up his photos very soon.

These I am sure you will agree are some stunning photographs, Paisley at its best.

Today Saturday 18th August marked the annual commemoration of the 1820 Radicals at Woodside Crematorium Paisley.

The Radical War, also known as the Scottish Insurrection of 1820, was a week of strikes and unrest, a culmination of Radical demands for political reform under the banner of ‘Scotland Free or a Desert’.   Artisan workers, particularly weavers in Scotland, sought action to reform an uncaring government, gentry fearing revolutionary horrors recruited militia and the government deployed an apparatus of spies, informers and agents provocateurs to stamp out the movement.

The main leaders of the uprising were Andrew Hardie, John Baird and James Wilson who were executed for their actions.  A monument to them stands in Woodside Cemetery, Paisley.

For further info: 1820 Radical War: wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radical_War

Pictures from the Annual Commemoration at Woodside Crematorium Paisley, pictures taken by Mags MacLaren.

Here are various photographs of the  Fire Engine Rally in Gilmour Street, High Street and County Square, Paisley.

All photos are taken by Mags MacGee for www.paisley.org.uk

Please send any photographs you have in and we shall showcase them to all our visitors.

We have been sent in some lovely photos of the Fire Engine Rally today by Georgie and Lewis Brown’s mum (photos taken by Tony the dad).

These images brought a big smile to our faces and its great to be able to share them with everyone.

If you have any photos you would like to share please send them to brian@paisley.org.uk you remain the owner of copyright and full credit will be given.

Here are some photos of the afternoon session with the Fire Engine Rally in Gilmour Street and County Square, Paisley.

All photos are taken by Ian McDonald for www.paisley.org.uk

Please send any photographs you have in and we shall showcase them to all our visitors.

If you would like to send in some photos for display please send them into brian@paisley.org.uk full credit will be given.

Here is the second part of this amazing set of paisley Photographs showing the night sky over Paisley. All photos taken by Gary Chittick.

The ISS has made frequent passes over the Paisley night sky follow us on Twitter @paisleyorguk and we shall keep you up to date with sighting times.

  • First row of images shows the Aurora Borealis (looking West) from Paisley.
  • A selection of night sky, satellites, ISS and Renfrewshire scenery (usually black!!)

All photographs are taken by Gary Chittick and has kindly given permission for Paisley on the web to use.

Should you wish a copy of these images for print or for use then please contact us using the contact button in the top menu and we will pass on your details to Gary.

Here is a collection of some amazing photographs taken over Paisley during the weekend of the Perseid Meteor Shower over Paisley.
All photographs are taken by Gary Chittick and has kindly given permission for Paisley on the web to use.

Should you wish a copy of these images for print or for use then please contact us using the contact button in the top menu and we will pass on your details to Gary.

All images are taken from Glennifer Braes.

  • Image 1  the Perseid Meteor Shower
  • Image 2  the Milky way
  • Image 3  the Big Dipper
  • Image 4  the ISS a Satellite and an Aeroplane all in one photo.

If you have any Paisley Photographs you would like to share with everyone then please get in touch…

A dancing flashmob checked in at Glasgow Airport today (Monday 13 August) to launch a six week campaign which celebrates the best of Scottish food, drink, culture and entertainment.

More than one million passengers will pass through Glasgow Airport during the Best of Scotland campaign, which will showcase the best tastes, sights and sounds the country has to offer.

Today 26 young dancers from the Ballochleam Dance Troupe in Falkirk gave a short flashmob performance for passengers and staff in the terminal building to launch the campaign. The troupe is a member of the Scottish Official Highland Dancing Association (SOHDA).

Some of Scotland’s most iconic brands and successful exports including Irn Bru, Tunnocks, Mackie’s ice cream and Harris Tweed will be exhibiting in the airport over the coming weeks while a series of musical, theatrical and comedic performances create a carnival atmosphere in the terminal during one of the busiest periods of the year.

The campaign also celebrates Glasgow Airport’s ongoing multi-million pound refurbishment programme which has seen the recent arrival of new retail and catering units.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Glasgow Airport is for many, their first and last impression of Scotland and our Best of Scotland campaign is a great way to celebrate Scottish produce and culture while also providing entertainment for our passengers.

“In addition to reminding Scots what is great about our country, the various events and live performances we have planned will hopefully make a real and lasting impression on the tens of thousands of people visiting Glasgow during August and September.

“It is also a fantastic opportunity to highlight the improvements we have been making to the airport over the course of the past 18 months, during which time we have invested millions of pounds in enhancing our retail facilities to deliver an improved service to our customers.”

In 2011, Glasgow Airport invested almost £12 million in capital projects designed to provide a better experience for passengers and a further £9 million is being spent this year on airside developments and further improvements to the fabric of the terminal.

All photographs taken by Tracey Clements for Paisley, photographs are copyright of www.paisley.org.uk

www.glasgowairport.com