Once Christmas is over, the early months of the New Year are generally quiet. There are few craft fairs and markets and the weather isn’t great for taking pictures. That makes it the ideal time for reviewing the photos from the previous year to see if I’ve missed any that might make a good Photo Digital Art image. Fortunately, I found several and these are my New Birmingham Pictures.
I’ve long wanted to capture the view of Cadbury’s Bournville factory from the train as it pulls into Bournville Station. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. From inside the train there are too many reflections from the window; it is illegal to walk along the railway to get this view; the canal towpath runs parallel to the railway, but the tracks and overhead wires get in the way.
This shot was taken from the canal towpath holding the camera as far above my head as my arms would allow. The tracks were cropped out and the overhead wires disappeared when I replaced the sky with a more attractive version.
2. The Cube
Although The Cube is a massive building it is very difficult to get an unobstructed view of it.
This view is from the Euro multi storey next door to the Grosvenor Casino on Broad Street.
3. Moseley Road Baths
This is a Grade II Listed building and is endangered – see here
It is a magnificent building that is, remarkably, still in use as a swimming pool. It is a difficult building to photograph as it is long and its almost impossible to get far enough back to get it all in.
4. Birmingham Skyline 2012
As I was going back through my back catalogue I came across this shot of the Birmingham Skyline that I took in 2012.
From street level, this is the best view of Birmingham city centre – Alcester Street close to the Spotted Dog pub in Digbeth.
5. The Cube & Peace Garden
One of my early pictures was of The Cube and the Peace Garden. It is a picture I really like, but it was taken on my old camera with a picture ratio of 4:3. My current camera is set at 3:2 and this is how I’ve standardised all of my pictures. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to crop my original picture, so I attempted to reproduce the original shot with my new equipment.
6. Corporation Street
The top end of Corporation Street is most notable for the magnificent terracotta buildings on either side of the street.
On the left are the Victoria Law Courts and on the right is Central Hall.
7. Birmingham Central Library 2011
With the imminent demise of John Madin’s inverted ziggurat, I discovered this picture that I’d taken in 2011.
It has always been a controversial building and soon it will be no more. Personally, I’ll miss it. The Central Library could never be described as a pretty building, but it was a solid, magnificent block; a true tribute to the Brutalist style of architecture that is rapidly disappearing from the city.
8. The George Hotel, Solihull
Solihull is a place I rarely visit these days, but I was invited to a Business Lunch in The George and took this opportunity to capture this image.
The George is a 16th Century coaching inn built around one of the oldest bowling greens in the country. It is now part of the Ramada chain of hotels.
9. The Two Towers
Perrot’s Folly and the Waterworks Tower in Edgbaston are believed to be the inspiration for the Two Towers in JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”.
I used to live around the corner, many years ago, and have always admired these towers. However, it has taken me many attempts to produce a picture that shows both towers at their imposing best. I’m not sure if I’ve managed it here, but this is the only angle that the Two Towers can be viewed together.