Tommy Ga-Ken Wan



Tommy, 27, Glasgow. Photographer working internationally in theatre, opera, film sets and whatever else comes my way. Resident judge on The Big Shot (Channel 5, Singapore).

"Ga-Ken Wan follows his own fascinations and doesn't flinch from the challenges...photographs which capture something of the modern urban experience." - The Scotsman

"His eye has a way of alchemizing every social encounter into something at once synaptic and fresh, yet cool and composed... the hipper, headier, film-version of our lives." - Lock Up Your Daughters


On the eve of Scotland’s independence referendum, Yes supporters rallied in George Square to listen to speakers and live music. But it was at the other side of the square, in front of Glasgow’s City Chambers, where the real interest of the evening lay for me: a group of our Catalan brothers and sisters arranged rows of coloured candles to show the Catalan and Scottish flags side by side. When the arrangement was fully lit, the gathered crowd cheered and began to chant “Sí! sí! sí! Yes! Yes! Yes!” A piper stepped into the middle of the square and began to play. It was without doubt one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I was tearful, and it was so powerful an experience that I left shortly afterwards, unable to take any more. What a privilege. What a special time to be alive in this country. View Larger

On the eve of Scotland’s independence referendum, Yes supporters rallied in George Square to listen to speakers and live music. But it was at the other side of the square, in front of Glasgow’s City Chambers, where the real interest of the evening lay for me: a group of our Catalan brothers and sisters arranged rows of coloured candles to show the Catalan and Scottish flags side by side. When the arrangement was fully lit, the gathered crowd cheered and began to chant “Sí! sí! sí! Yes! Yes! Yes!” A piper stepped into the middle of the square and began to play. It was without doubt one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I was tearful, and it was so powerful an experience that I left shortly afterwards, unable to take any more. 

What a privilege. What a special time to be alive in this country.



Last evening, in George Square, Channel 4 News’s economics editor Paul Mason gives his analysis of the situation here in Glasgow. 
The atmosphere in Scotland has been electrifying in recent months: politics is being talked about at every bar, every dinner party, damn near every street corner and, for the first time in my life, there is something like an informed electorate on this island. The people have tasted something of the power they deserve, and we know what it’s like to have hope again. I believe that when I cast my vote tomorrow it will be one of the most important things I’ve ever done, and I’ll be voting YES, but I’m going to be in tears whichever way it goes.
My main reasons for voting yes are explained with more intelligence and flair than I have in this article: http://www.monbiot.com/2014/09/02/someone-elses-story/
For the economic facts to support my decision, see this article: http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2014/09/16/a-risk-assessment-for-future-of-the-uk/
However you vote tomorrow, please do your research, and arrive at your decision through thought and analysis. 
Change is coming. Hope over fear.
Glasgow, 2014. View Larger

Last evening, in George Square, Channel 4 News’s economics editor Paul Mason gives his analysis of the situation here in Glasgow. 

The atmosphere in Scotland has been electrifying in recent months: politics is being talked about at every bar, every dinner party, damn near every street corner and, for the first time in my life, there is something like an informed electorate on this island. The people have tasted something of the power they deserve, and we know what it’s like to have hope again. I believe that when I cast my vote tomorrow it will be one of the most important things I’ve ever done, and I’ll be voting YES, but I’m going to be in tears whichever way it goes.

My main reasons for voting yes are explained with more intelligence and flair than I have in this article: http://www.monbiot.com/2014/09/02/someone-elses-story/

For the economic facts to support my decision, see this article: http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2014/09/16/a-risk-assessment-for-future-of-the-uk/

However you vote tomorrow, please do your research, and arrive at your decision through thought and analysis. 

Change is coming. Hope over fear.

Glasgow, 2014.



A still from Scottish Ensemble’s phenomenal concert ‘20th Century Perspectives: City Spaces and Strings’ which was staged in a disused part of the modernist landmark The Anderston Centre. As well as documenting the concert, I was commissioned to write several pieces about it in the months leading up to it, and those can be read at http://scottishensemble.wordpress.com/
Glasgow, 2014. View Larger

A still from Scottish Ensemble’s phenomenal concert ‘20th Century Perspectives: City Spaces and Strings’ which was staged in a disused part of the modernist landmark The Anderston Centre. As well as documenting the concert, I was commissioned to write several pieces about it in the months leading up to it, and those can be read at http://scottishensemble.wordpress.com/

Glasgow, 2014.


you are painfully attractive. it's painful because i can't be with you. from Anonymous

Don’t worry: I’m losing my hair and the wrinkles are starting to show. But seriously, “Every heart to love will come. But like a refugee.”