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.

City Lights

Pretend It's A Painting

I took some photos this evening, but I was struggling with my inhibitions about photographing in public and poor light. Here are some street lights I love in the city centre of Birmingham. What are your experiences with starting to take photographs in public spaces? Did you feel self-conscious or paranoid that some security guard would move you along?