Digbeth First Friday: VIVID

Digbeth First Friday: 4th July.

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Vivid Projects Space
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Record Player Orchestra: Smiles, families, focus.

 

 

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Ashok Mistry

 

 

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Hello.

 

 

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Neon Dervish.

 

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Archive Wall

 

 

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Young Matador.

Links:

Digbeth First Friday: http://digbethfirstfriday.com/

VIVID projects: http://www.vividprojects.org.uk/

A3 Projects Space: http://a3projectspace.org/

Record Player Orchestra Website: http://recordplayerorchestra.com/

Trevor Pitt at Pod Projects: http://www.podprojects.org/about

Ashok Mistry: http://ashokdmistry.com/

 

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“I’ve done this 33 years and I love it.”

 

 

 

 

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Home

Weeds are organic rebels. They grow where they want to grow. They are hardy and relentless. They seem small and conquerable but ask a gardener how much effort he or she has to spend fighting them. You will see how formidable they are.

On the day I took these photographs, the sunlight hit them in such a way that I could respect and admire them for the first time. And it made me question whether this, like most other wars, was a war worth fighting. The images I saw answered my question for me. I expect nobody else will agree, but maybe it’s time to make peace with weeds. I hate false dichotomies, straw men and making enemies where they are not needed. So I decided that I didn’t want to wait for the obliteration of my green crack-dwelling friends before I could fully enjoy how beautiful it was to be in my garden bathed in light, sitting on a badly constructed patio.

This made me realise that we should never wait to feel joy at being alive and sharing particles or structures with all that surrounds us.

We are all one big simultaneously smelly, ugly, beautiful, broken, delicate, intelligent, contrary, wilful and mysterious bunch of things lumped together in this world so we may as well like and respect one another.

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Sunny Digbeth

 

Here are some photographs of Digbeth on a special sunny day. They were taken a couple of weeks ago, you could probably guess when.

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Cold Torag

 

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Urban Village, The Custard Factory, Gibb St.

If you’re ‘Mad about Mod’, go to Urban Village at the Custard Factory. If not, go anyway and meet some colourful and friendly folk. Their website is here: http://www.urban-village.co.uk/.

 

 

 

 

Digbeth

This is Digbeth, part of Birmingham City Centre. There are lots of historical buildings, some pretty and some ‘ugly’. I like the combination of the two.

Here you get the Edwardian Police Station reflecting on its much younger commercial neighbour, Smithfield House.

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Bollards.

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As I snapped this quiet grey building, I was reminded of many other underused buildings. It’s a shame, especially in the current financial climate, that we are not getting the full value of our assets as a city. Of course, I’m really talking about my beloved library (again).

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My meditations were soon interrupted by these chaps indicating that they wanted a photo.

Conclusion: Brummies are great and we should make the best use of what we have.

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Blue Skies

Today I visited my first love, the old Central Library and took a few photos.  P1020328

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My view of this place may be rose-tinted, but I love it. Saying this, I love the interior even more than the Brutalist exterior. There were orange carpets, exceedingly well laid out books and great desks.  The place is currently closed and soon to be demolished so the interior shots below are old.

I took these a couple of years ago in my favourite corner: the intersection between Foreign Literature, Architecture and Art History on the second floor.

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I would come to this spot to grab books on Dostoyevsky, Haiku and Calligraphy. They were all located in conveniently close proximity. But a clever Greek once said: ‘without change, there would be no World’.

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Sunday in LDN

       East End Adventuring                            

This post is about a trip to London on the day of rest, Sunday.

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A hot tip from a savvy source led me to Columbia Road Flower Market and Shops. Despite getting there relatively early in the morning, the place was heaving with families, joggers, hipsters and floral entrepreneurs. “This is London” I was told, “there’s no such thing as a secret here, not even on a Sunday”.

It took me two circuits, but on the second I pulled out my camera and started snapping. I hope you get a hint of how lovely it is to be on Columbia Road.

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I eventually decided to follow what looked like a vague procession and found myself on Brick Lane where there was even more colour and even more life.

Including watchful dolls…

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Eldorado,

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all the shoes you could want,

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and a whole lot more.

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In one corner I found a stall where the owner had created a mixed-media mosaic from plastic toys, crockery and decorations. His partner told me that she had no clue what it all meant. The artist/owner is a quiet man who kindly agreed to these photographs.

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Conclusion: People Make Places

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I hope you enjoyed this post. My smile was as big as the cat below (minus any hint of his grimace) thanks to my savvy guide, one DW.

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