Subject #11: Something Old & Something New

With all the regeneration going on in Birmingham, there are new things popping up all the time.

During my visit to the city centre for the Birmingham Half Marathon last month, I couldn’t help but notice how amazing some of the old buildings are around town – the contrast between old & new highlighting their beauty.

So the subject for November is simple – in your photograph there must be a contrast between old & new…

The example I’ve given above is merely that, an example, your photograph doesn’t necessarily have to be of buildings / regeneration, as long as there’s a contrast between old & new, that’s good enough for me!

Subject #10: New Birmingham New Street

Bloody hell! Well, this has officially been the worst year in Birmingham {Viewpoint}’s history – I can only apologise for my appalling lack of attention that I have given the project this year.

Thank you so much to those who have stuck by the project this year and given me gentle nudges along the way to get my bum into gear – without you the project would simply not exist.

The subject for October will come as no surprise. The gateway to our wonderful city has had a revamp – and what a revamp! Instagram, Twitter and Facebook has been swamped with various photographs of the new New Street Station, so it was a no brainer that this was going to be the subject for October.

If you haven’t already visited it, go and check it out with your photo generating device and send us one of the results!

I promise that the submissions for the past couple of subjects will be uploaded soon (I’m almost too embarrassed to look at how many months I’ve got to go back!) I have 3 days off work next week, so aim to use part of one of them to get fully up to date.

Watch this space…

Subject #9: Look Up!

This should really be the first rule of photography… Look Up!

So often as photographers we get transfixed with what’s in front of us that we forget to have a look around our environment – more often than not forgetting to take in what is above us.

So this month I urge you all to ‘Look Up’ and take a photo in Birmingham with your camera pointing at a greater angle than 45 degrees!

I’m looking forward to seeing how you all interpret this one…

Subject #7: The Big Hoot

There’s a bit of a different subject time span for Subject #7 this year. And what a reason for it.

The Big Hoot is Birmingham’s biggest charity art exhibition with 89 giant owl sculptures dotted across the Birmingham area. Each owl is sponsored by various companies and at the end of the exhibition, they will all be auctioned off to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The exhibition is running from 20th July to 27th September 2015.

Your challenge is to take and submit ONE photo of your {viewpoint} of the art exhibition.

Subject #8 will take place at the same time as #7 due to the duration of The Big Hoot. Subject #8 will be announced on the 1st of Aug.

There’s more information about The Big Hoot right here…

Subject #6: The Rotunda

I’ve always liked The Rotunda building, and kind of knew where it was. But for some reason, it was only a very recent trip into Birmingham City Centre that I realised just how close it was to the Bull Ring, and that the entrance to it was on New Street… (I clearly don’t pay much attention to my surroundings when in Birmingham!)

The building lends itself well to the {Viewpoint} project as it can be seen from many different parts of the city, allowing a really varied range of shots (hopefully!)

I’ve seen many different photos of the Rotunda, so am really looking forward to seeing what the Birmingham {Viewpoint} participants can come up with!

On a side note, I am thrilled to announce that our daughter made a bit of an early appearance! Lark May was born on 23rd May 2015 @ 12.50am, weighing 6lb 3oz…


*** Double Subject Alert!! ***

As you may have noticed, there was no subject for April. I can only apologise (again) for taking my finger off the Birmingham {Viewpoint} pulse, but with the recent announcement of Birmingham Loves Photographers going into dormancy, I felt a compelling urge to get BV back on track.

I won’t bore you with excuses (although my wife is 37 weeks pregnant, there’s been plenty of house stuff going on, I ran the Birmingham 10k on Sunday and I also managed to pull muscles in my neck whilst moving a piano!) I’ll just head straight into the AWESOME month that is May!

We have not one, but TWO subjects for you this month…

  1. Birmingham’s Gas Holders: This is a subject I’ve wanted to cover for some time on BV. But seeing recently that a number of the UK’s gas holders are to be removed gave me a kick up the backside to bring the subject to life sooner rather than later. There’s more info right here about the gas holders being removed.
  2. Birmingham Shadows: This is one that just popped into my head, and wasn’t on the list here at BV towers. Looking through the photos on the likes of Instagram / Twitter / Facebook, photographers in Birmingham thoroughly enjoy light. And with light comes… Shadows! It’s the perfect time of year to go with a subject like this – and also think it’ll lend itself to some great photos.

So there you have it…

It’s a rollover! 2 subjects for the price of 1!

Subject #3: Independent Birmingham

For the month of March, I wanted to highlight one of my personal highlights of Birmingham – the Independents.

From the moment I stepped foot in Birmingham, I was taken back by the power, motivation and resilience that Independent businesses have in this city. It’s hard to go anywhere without coming across one. Be it a clothes shop; cafe; restaurant; pub; graphic designer; photographer; or even a photography project looking at The Different Ways Different People View The Same Thing.

On a personal note, it is truly inspiring to see individuals being allowed to run with their passion and to see a city embrace their dreams. You only have to follow an ‘Independent’ on social media to see how driven they are, and how much they are needed in this city.

So for the month of March, I want you to showcase your favourite Independent. Feel free to tell me why you chose this Independent as your subject and I’ll do my best to include it with your submission. If you don’t have a favourite, then I urge you to research the Independent market within Birmingham and check some of them out.

Hopefully you’ll be as inspired as I am by what they’re doing for this city of ours…


Please note: This subject is in no way linked to Independent Birmingham. If, however, you wish to show your support for Independent companies in the city, or you’re struggling to find a subject to photograph, Independent Birmingham would be a great place to start…

Subject #2: The Bullring (Selfridges end)

Firstly, apologies for the site being down for the past couple of weeks – shame on you if you didn’t notice! 😉 The theme being used decided to auto-update and the format of the theme changed completely, which didn’t suit the layout used. Long story short, life has been busy and I’ve only just gotten round to sorting a new one.

Hopefully you like the new layout – it’s pretty similar to the old one. Thanks to Ross Jukes for letting me use his image as the header for the site – this is something that I aim to change on a monthly basis, using a photo from previous months as the site’s image…

So, onto the subject for February. As you might have noticed, we’re already 15 days into February, so I had to pick a subject which was easily accessible to all on short notice. The Bullring (in particular the Selfridges end with all the discs) is possibly one of the most photographed landmarks in Birmingham – it was also going to be Subject #3 in Year 1, before I learned of the imminent fate of Island House, so it sadly got dropped as a subject and never returned… That is until now!

As is the whole concept of this project, it amazes me how many different photographs I see (pretty much on a daily basis) of the Selfridges’ discs that are different to each other. I think this is one of those subjects that really brings the project to life as everyone views the building so differently.

So, without further ado, you have 12 days in which to get your photo… Apologies for the delay, fingers crossed everything will be on time from now on.

Cheers, Pete…

Subject #1: Selfie!

Happy New Year to you all!

Firstly, thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to this project over the past THREE years! I can’t believe it’s lasted this long, and yet it only feels like last week that I had the idea about starting a project that looks at The Different Ways Different People View The Same ThingIt goes without saying that this project wouldn’t be a success without those people who take part, and its great to see new faces popping up amongst the old faithfuls (no reflection of age intended whatsoever!) So thank you for getting involved.

It occurred to me over the Christmas period that I actually know very little about most of you. It’s lovely to get messages along with your submissions and I’m so sorry that I don’t reply to them all the time. Please know though that your kind words, stories behind your photos and suggestions for future subjects mean a lot and I really enjoy hearing from you all.

So, with that in mind, I thought I’d do something a little different to kick off the new year of Birmingham {Viewpoint}. Rather than it being about a subject in Birmingham, this month it’s all about you! I want to see what you all look like! The only request I have is that it must be obvious that the photo is taken in Birmingham. Other than that, it’s entirely up to you how you go about it.

So get yourself from behind your camera for once and get in the photo you submit!