Watching Germany’s triumphant path to World Cup glory the past month led me to reminiscing about my 1995 inter -railing trip to Berlin and beyond ( do people still do inter-railing anymore? Even writing the words Inter- railing feels as modern as frey bentos meat pies and shopping for music at Our Price…). Completely by chance I arrived at the time the Reichstag was wrapped, top to tail in fabric by the artist Christo. If you’ve never seen his work, his schtick is to wrap buildings, tropical islands and cover strips of desert in fabric. It is as odd as it sounds, but in the flesh the scale of the building and fabric is a stunning combination.
So, it was either a sheer coincidence or I was mentally prepared to look at things, that I drove past the old Works building on Icknield St. and saw it draped in shimmering aqua netting, ready for refurbishment.
Birmingham has rightly championed the exploring of some of its hidden spaces to the public, however; here’s one that’s neither hidden nor an art installation, but just as beautiful. Maybe it could be done for other buildings, such as the old Central Library before that sadly goes…?
Till next time...
Three Billboards in Digbeth
What you doing?"
"What you doing that for?"
I get these questions regularly when I'm out shooting, but never more so than my recent couple of visits to Milton Keynes.
This month Brazilian photographer Marcio Cabral was stripped of the much coveted Wildlife Photographer of the Year award because he had faked his winning image by placing a stuffed Ant Eater to create the scene.
It's the UK's only dessert
It's the location of Derek Jarman's garden
It's the site of a nuclear power station...
When photographer Stephen Shore moved to Montana in the early 1980s he didn't take a single picture of the beautiful plains and mountains of his new home for 2 years. His reasoning was that he needed that time to truly see and understand the landscape; to see how the light and land continually change and to get beyond the clichés and excitement of a new view. What then do you do when you only have a couple of weeks or in this case just a day?
More than ever I'm starting to feel my age. Don't get me wrong, I've got the hairline, waistline, 2.4 nuclear family to go with it, but like most men my mental age is usually between 16 - 21.
The iPhone X is out and it is promoted to have the best camera on an iPhone so far. That was also said for the 8, 7, 6,6s,5,5s and 4s , but hey, who's counting?
The coastal location out of season is rich and enduring topic for photographers. Mine is from one day in Coney Island, January 2018.