Birmingham Night #6: The Rotunda viewed from Digbeth
This series is now available in postcard form from Birmingham Museum and in the Symphony Hall Shop.
Chamberz Muzic by Dantanna. My first music video…
The Incomprehensibility of Tragedy, #5, Water Cannon, 2014
The day before we arrived, a tragedy befell the town of Soma. No person spoke of it to us.
#4. Black Ribbon
#5. Water Cannon.
Branding, art direction and street shoot with singer/songwriter and lover of all things Ancient Egypt: Princess Ma’at
My friend invited me to the Easter Saturday midnight service at Birmingham Orthodox Cathedral a few weeks ago.
Something of a behemoth…
A seamless 570 megapixel photo-collage composed from over 100 layers.
I took the photographs in Marrakech, and to me the collage serves as quite an apt metaphor for the city itself.
Live! is a brand new radio show for the Birmingham Arts/Comedy/Music/Culture scene, and it premiers on February 4th at 7pm on 107.5 Switch Radio.
The ethos of Live! is to expose local talent in the arts/music/comedy fields, and also to advertise cultural events around the city. Live! needs committed individuals who can help to organise, present, produce, edit, contribute, and take it forward. We also need musicians/comedians/performers to appear on the show.
If you’d like to be involved, and to get on the radio, please call me on: 07793208938.
There is a meeting for those interested in producing/running the show this Saturday:
Live! Production Meeting
6pm – Saturday 11th January – 2014
Outside The Old Joint Stock
If you intend to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join our page for updates:
Article on Created in Birmingham about the show:
Some shots and compositions for the superlative jewellery designer’s Masterwork’s series.
Inside the ring are three tiny handmade camels in white-gold. Background photos are from a recent trip to the Moroccan Sahara.
This is my draft proposal for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge. View FULL SCREEN!
“It’s never quite like it is in the brochure.”
“It’s never quite like it isn’t in the brochure.”
On the night of 15th October 2013, Jonathan Doe went missing from his suburban home. His current whereabouts are unknown. The only evidence from that night is this sequence of images recovered from Doe’s beloved laptop by his family. Contains mild peril.
Update: A further piece of evidence has been extracted from the laptop. Initially disregarded, the following video was found to be timestamped between the third and fourth images in the sequence:
Of Unrest, C-Type Combination, 2011/2013
Even a ‘bad’ photograph has temporal/spatial ergo historical/historic data that ceases existence when it is dragged to the recycle bin.
8th/9th/10th July 2011 – the streets of Birmingham were subject to unrest precipitated by the shooting of a man in London. After two and a bit days of photography in a city in tumult, the result was a small series of images, along with a number of leftover images deemed ‘lacking in functional value’.
If results don’t match up to intent, one can feel compelled to banish the evidence to the great digital trash-heap in the clouds. Leftovers that do not fit the main series – they lack content or context, are blurred, are under/overexposed, are grainy as a pointillist daub.
Looking at rejected images from those days of unrest, peripatetic moments jump out that seem worthy of record: A group of teenagers and men ransacking The Barton Arms pub before firing a handgun at police. Grainy, sodium-lit images of these hooded figures mid-mania portray a particular moment from an individual perspective, making unique records of the event, but not objects of functional value.
In an effort to salvage functional value from these images, a process of image combination – comparable to a journalist amalgamating manifold sources – was developed. These combinations attempt to strengthen and subvert the solitary originals. They tell of events that did and did not happen.
Further, the process is an attempt-to-express and an attempt-to-resolve dichotomous thoughts experienced during the events – on one hand the adrenalin; fascination at the visible playing-out of events – on the other, anticipatory angst; the witnessing of an apparent crumbling of societal foundations; bewilderment from the sheer chaotic surreality of it all.
As the saying goes: ‘It was like something off the telly.’
PS Upon completion of this article I switched on the telly to be immediately greeted with a programme about ‘Operation Mincemeat’ – a 1943 British Naval Intelligence operation that aided in convincing German high command that Allied forces planned to invade Greece and Sardinia, rather than Sicily. In its execution, the operation required the dead body of a suicide victim to be dropped in the sea off Spain by a British sub – his pockets filled with documents created by MI5 that falsely substantiated his identity as a British Navy officer, and delivered strategic plans (peppered with misinformation) along with a fake love letter and photo from his ‘sweetheart.
Never again seen #1, C-Type Double Exposure, 2013
A drawing hung above a bed in the spare room of my childhood home. In it, dark knitted branches were silhouetted against a bright night sky and burnt through by the cold disc of the moon. I found the drawing mystifying and slightly ominous, yet remember it now with nostalgia.
My grandmother always slept in that bed when she came to visit.
These photographs were taken at Loch Duntelchaig, near Loch Ness; A place we loved.
Willard Wigan MBE’s Half Century Collection
Commemorative Brochure Design + Photography
See previous post for more of Willard’s work.
The Perfect Match, Willard Wigan MBE
If you’re unfamiliar with his work, WW is foremost among a tiny cadre of individuals that are able to sculpt the microscopic by hand. His smallest pieces – measured in microns – are displayed within the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin or match.
I’ve worked with Willard for a few years now… He truly is a unique personality and an unnaturally gifted craftsman. This is just a small selection of the works I’ve photographed for him.
Some shots with Jess from Emfam.
Errr… This appears to be becoming a series… Sorry about that.