Portraits

Portraits

Fading signs in Stirchley. The woman in the poster looks too pensive to be in leisure advertising, unlike the bowlers below. They look like a potentially rowdy bunch.

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A Veil

A Veil

This is an action shot of what scaffolding does. Don’t worry, I learned this a very long time ago, and I realise that it is a bland fact. However, as I walked to the shop that I did not buy my new camera from, I was drawn to the billowing fabric covering a large corporate building. Eventually I realised that it was the exact spot where I had photographed the faded turquoise scaffolding months ago. It had fulfilled its destiny, also known as its function.
With frozen fingers I clicked attempting to capture the movement, the colour and the things evoked in my mind. I saw fake oceans, of the kind you see in school plays, and a building hiding til it was ready to be seen. I also tried hard to ignore the heat of the stares piercing through my peripheral vision.
This is what I got today, I enjoyed looking at it. If you click on the image you see what holds it together.
Happy New Year.

Saluete

Saluete

This is Bull Ring outdoor market, also known as the Rag Market, on a crisp day a while ago. I love having a wander round and am often drawn to the fabric stalls. I get lost in all the colours, textures, and ribbons.

I have seen this place change immensely since my first visits as a child. Two of my most vivid memories include the time I walked around the indoor market with my fingers super-glued together in a Vulcan salute and the loud lady with bold make-up who sold crockery. I will never forget her bright pink lipstick or her voice.

Raise High the Roof Beam

Raise High the Roof Beam

Come to the University of Birmingham and arrange to have lunch on the top floor of staff house. Look up and this is what you will see.
Light floods this golden corridor just outside the dining room through these rafters that remind me of the skeleton of an upturned ship.