We are often too busy trying to get from A to B that we rarely take a moment to look up and take in the world around us. We miss the exciting things happening right in front of our eyes.

That is why on 7th April 2018 we teamed up with one of the UK’s multi-award winning photographers and called on 50 amateur photographers and smartphone snappers of Glasgow to help us in our social experiment to capture the essence of a single day in a bustling city.

Inspired by the blog Humans Of New York, our social experiment provided a definitive snapshot of Glasgow over the course of 24 hours, immortalising the people, the places and the memories in art

For 24 hours, from midnight to midnight we captured what Glasgow looks like in 2018.

View the full gallery of images here 

So what next?

We are now working with artist Nathan Wyburn to create a lasting testament to our A Day In The Life campaign. He is going to create a mosaic using the images we captured on April 7 2018 and that mosaic will pay tribute to Glaswegian icon,Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who received the most votes in our poll.

Nathan will get to work and the finished piece will go on public display. Watch this space for more details about when and where!


We will work with an acclaimed local artist to turn them into a piece of art.

The best images will be collected and transformed into a unique artwork that will go on display in Glasgow’s city centre later on in 2018.

Keep visiting back or follow us on twitter and Facebook for updates with more details.

Mark's Top Tips for Street Photography

Want to get involved but don’t know where to begin?

Mark has given us some top tips for street photography below:

1.  Always use manual if your camera has the option, the program modes have improved but you’re the photographer so take control of your cameras exposure.

2. Try and spend a second looking around the scene just before you press the shutter.

3. Have your better work printed, digital is great but prints are better.

4. Find an image that you like and have a go at making your version.

5. Follow photographers you like for inspiration.

6. New gear isn’t going to make you a better photographer, so use what you have but get out and get the experience.

7. Think about the subject but the background is just as important.

8. Use your camera so much that you can change feature without thinking.

9. Set yourself projects.

10. Be nice to everyone you meet, even if they start off aggressive, a smile and a calm chat can win someone around, doing street photography you will get into trick situations.

Mark will be hosting a workshop on 7 April to give you all you need to get out onto the streets of Glasgow with confidence that you’ll capture the perfect picture.

Our Photographer - Mark Waugh

Edinburgh born, Manchester based Mark Waugh started his photography career as a photographic printer, becoming the personal printer to Brian Ollier portrait photographer. Between assisting commercial photographers Mark become the darkroom assistant at the South Manchester Reporter, working as a photographer in the evenings and weekends. Soon he was a full time staff photographer, for all the papers newspapers and magazines.

Moving on to the Manchester Evening News in the 1990’s , Mark soon made a name for himself gaining national press awards and a reputation for creative artist photography.

The down turn in the print media industry meant the MEN had to lose its staff photographers, but the then editor fought to keep Mark as the only staff photographer on the paper. Carrying on winning awards and building his reputation.

Today Mark is a premier photographer working freelance for newspapers, commercial clients, and his love of design has taken Mark into architectural photography.

A Day In The Life

Check out the other cities which have taken part in the A Day In The Life series:

A Day In The Life Manchester – April 2017

A Day In The Life Bristol – August 2017

A Day In The Life Liverpool – October 2018

A Day In The Life Newcastle – March 2019

A Day In The Life Cardiff – September 2019