When the August subject for Birmingham Viewpoint was announced, I wasn’t overly impressed. It was People of Birmingham. My trepidation stemmed from the fact that I’m much more comfortable taking pictures of buildings – they don’t move, if the light isn’t right they’ll still be there next week and they don’t tell you not to take pictures of them! So, what was I to do? The easy option would have been to take a month off. But, the reason I started to take part in Birmingham Viewpoint was to challenge myself to do new things and to improve my pictures.
My first thought was to convert one of the photos I took for GEM Magazine and apply the Photo Digital Art magic to it. This is the one I tried.
I went to the opening of the new Gallery at Frametec in Harborne and took this picture of Anthony Taylor and Mike Whitby (soon to be ennobled as Lord Whitby) standing in front of the works of local artist Emma Hardicker. I like the picture, but I didn’t feel that it was different enough to submit.
I tried another in my usual style and ended up with this one, showing ‘café society’ in Harborne.
This did set me off thinking along lines that I’d briefly explored earlier in the year, but never had the time to take any further. The idea I’d had was to convert people into graffiti, along the lines of a Banksy. My first example can be seen in a previous blog entry. I tried this again at Stirchley Community Market with one of the organisers and a fellow stallholder pedalling to produce electricity for the music that was playing.
I was in Sutton Coldfield when I took this next shot (again I was at a craft market, organised by Bert & Gerts). The two lads had been leafleting along The Parade, at times moving in very realistic slow motion. This shot was taken just as they were returning from the burger stand with their lunch.
This was almost my submission to Birmingham Viewpoint (and maybe it should’ve been), but as only one submission is allowed I wanted to get something that was 100%, definitely identifiable as being in Birmingham.