The Pictures of the Month for May are very different from each other in many ways but demonstrate what Photo Digital Art is all about.
This first picture is one that I’ve been trying to get for as long as I’ve been producing Photo Digital Art images. The sight of a 70 ft narrowboat emerging from a bridge that looks way too small is a classic canal scene, but not oft viewed these days. Finally, lady luck was on my side.
It was mid-August 2017 and we were almost back at the mooring for Peggy Ellen. I was steering the boat and William was operating the lock. As often happens at Wood End Lock there was a bit of a queue, so I tied Peggy Ellen to the bollard and waited for this magnificent boat to emerge from the lock and under the bridge. The light was perfect and I managed to get the shot just as I intended (also a rare occurrence!). Then it was back to steering duties.
The second of my Pictures of the Month is a scene from Central Birmingham that many will drive past, but not really notice. (I know I didn’t for many years!)
Back in 2014 more than £2.4 million was invested by The Gooch Estate to create student accommodation above the locally-listed buildings as well as new retail spaces, which has helped to regenerate part of the city’s flourishing Southside district. According to the Daily Telegraph, Quarter Horse (next to AceFace) is one of the Top 30 Coffee Shops in Britain.
Like many people who live on the south-west side of Birmingham, I’ve often been stuck in traffic along here, but not really noticed how wonderful the buildings are following the restoration. Another reminder to keep observing what’s around me as there are many ‘unseen’ gems to behold if I look in the right place (at the right time).