Online exhibition
Friday, September 28, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012

A gritty, silver nitrate, photographic study of how Scotland builds its great cities. It reveals how the shaping of urban space in Glasgow and Edinburgh relates to human needs: home ownership, health, security and identity. The period covered is from the outbreak of the Gulf War to the publication of the last Harry Potter book, 2003 – 2007. Glasgow and Edinburgh were both experiencing economic, cultural and environmental regeneration. No where is this better illustrated than the ubiquitous scaffold pole and man at work sign, heralding new build office, retail, social and private housing. This is a Scottish urban environment being re-built as an aspirational place to live, learn, work and play. However the scaffold pole and man at work (real and signposted) could not support the wider force of unsustainable property prices, housing inequality, social exclusion and an impending global recession. A multi-media photographic project by Constantine Gras. The soundscape used in this website is primarily derived from musicians based in Glasgow. Tracks kindly reproduced by: Josh Goldsmith, Danny Robinson, Alasdair Pettinger, Bash Nova, Gervais Harry and Håvard Holm Giske.