Film, Television & Theatre Photography

The theatre and performing arts has always been a passion of mine, ever since my student days working at The Tron Theatre in Glasgow. I find watching the drama and intensity of an actor in full flow can make a really amazing photograph. TV and film sets are also  fascinating experiences. Watching what goes on, how the lights are set, the backgrounds etc. There also can be portraits to be had…

Photography for Business

Business photography is one of the most exciting areas of my working day. The heart of any business is its people. For Martin Shields Photography it’s about finding out what makes a person who they are, how they shape their business and how their business shapes them. Whether it’s a factory, a blue chip company or a one-person operation I focus all my attention on how I can…

Martin Shields

The Story So Far I have been working in the media business since 1988 after leaving The Glasgow College of Building & Printing where I studied photography for six years… yes, I did enjoy the college experience. After a short stint freelancing I started as a staff photographer with the Evening Times on April Fools’ Day on 1991. I think they were telling me something. These days I work for…

Blogs of Times Past

July 2020 A Sight For Sore EyesOur holidays like everyone else’s were cancelled this year. We have a week in Tiree every year so we were sad not to go. At the start of lockdown we were told not to cancel but to postpone accommodation to help out the hotel trade. We go every year so we were already booked for the next few…

September 2021

A Show For Normal People I was at The Theatre Royal in Glasgow to photograph Grayson Perry recently. During lockdown we had watched his Art Club programme on Channel 4, it was quite an emotional show and summed up a lot about how art helped people overcome the restrictions of the pandemic. We went outside to take some pictures with the theatre in the…

August 2021

Mirrors on Loch Lomond I love working with creative people. It’s great to have conversations and see ideas come to life in front of my eyes. One such talent is Creative producer Guy Veale at the launch of Ùrlar, an experimental theatre production commissioned by National Trust for Scotland, which will take place at the conservation charity’s Ben Lomond site. We were working with…

July 2021

A Sight for Sore Eyes What a treat to get away on holiday. Our trip to Tiree was cancelled last year and held over to this year. I was getting worried we would not make it. However we did and it was super. As always I had my camera with me. You never know if an assignment will present itself.  We had and evening…

June 2021

Trip To The Borders During lockdown I was missing travel and now it’s such a pleasure to get a wee run in the car, especially if its a place I have never been to before. I was visiting the stunning Marchmont Estate in the Scottish Borders to meet two visual artists have won opportunities to practice their craft at Marchmont House, one of The…

May 2021

Dunkirk Little Ship I was down to visiting the Scottish Maritime Museum in Dumbarton recently. The Skylark IX Recovery Trust had announced their ambitious plans  for a bright future for the much loved Skylark IX ‘Dunkirk Little Ship’ at a new immersive heritage experience and boatbuilding training centre. The proposed £3 million centre will create a permanent home for Skylark IX, which is listed…

April 2021

Green Fingers I love gardening and it was great to get these two young gardeners planting flowers at North Kelvinside Meadow in Glasgow’s West End to launch The Incorporation of Gardeners  ‘Let Glasgow Flourish Garden Awards 2021’.   The awards are open to everyone within Glasgow and the surrounding area.  There are three categories – Best Garden, Best Community Garden and Best Young Gardener. This…