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Subject #12 of Birmingham {Viewpoint} is being run inline with the 4am Project. As described on the 4am Projects website:

The aim of the 4amproject is to gather a collection of photos from around the world at the magical time of 4am. Everyone can take part and join in! All you need is a camera. We want to see what you see at that moment in time on that one day. What’s your view at 4am?

As much as I’d love you to take a photo at 4am in Birmingham and take part in the 4am Project, I’m not putting a time restriction on the photo you submit to Birmingham {Viewpoint}. The only restrictions are that your photo must be taken on the 25th November, and must be taken in the Birmingham area. As for the subject, it can be anything you want!

Although this months subject is being run inline with the 4am Project, it is not linked to it. I am merely encouraging those who take part in Birmingham {Viewpoint} and who are interested in photography to take part in another photography project. For up to date information on the 4am Project follow them on Twitter.

Evening all.

A slight oversight on my behalf regarding Subject #8 is that The Cube is a privately owned building. The Cube has been contacted regarding this project and are more than happy for us to continue. However, please can anyone wishing to take photos inside the building follow these guidelines sent through from The Cube:

Upon arrival to the building, please visit the Cube Management Office (just down the escalator from the Mailbox level) and let them know that you are about so that they can tell the security guards what is going on. There is no problem but it will stop them from coming over to you all and asking.

Also, if you want to take pictures when the Management Offices aren’t open, could you please send an email (in advance) and let them know when you are planning on being in the building so we can again let security know? Please email tom[at]

Thank you very much for your co-operation with this, and apologies for not realising this sooner – especially to those few people who have emailed me regarding being approached by security.

Also, a big thank you to Tom Carroll for providing this information, and to The Cube for being so accommodating to the project. Please follow them on Twitter for the latest news, offers and information: @thecubebham, as well as checking out their website: The Cube, Birmingham.



This months subject is “Graffiti” in Birmingham.

One thing I’ve noticed about Birmingham Graffiti is that it’s almost becoming its own urban art form, and I think its something which should be documented through Birmingham {Viewpoint}.

As this is quite an open subject, when submitting your photograph, please can you include the location where the graffiti was.

Please can you ensure your photo is larger than 250kb and no bigger than 2mb – thank you.

I’m looking forward to seeing your take on Graffiti in Birmingham.

After much deliberation between a number of submissions, it was announced this morning that Helen Ogbourn‘s photograph of Raqs Media Collective’s work was our favourite out of those submitted to the 48SHEET Photography Project.

Photograph by Helen Ogbourn

A huge CONGRATULATIONS goes to Helen for this photograph, which will now be used by 48SHEET for their official publicity, including a limited A5 print of the photo.

Thank you to all those who took the time to visit the 48SHEET project (which will continue to run until 29th April 2012) and submit a photograph. The quality of photographs submitted were amazing.

Full write up of the 48SHEET Photography Project can be found here.

48Sheet, Birmingham Loves Photographers and Birmingham {Viewpoint} have joined forces to bring you an AWESOME photography project.

48Sheet is a project by EC Arts. Its an artistic intervention aiming to transform the city of Birmingham and parts of the region into a unique gallery by utilising up to 100 billboards to exhibit work by regional and national artists. Commissioned artists will create work in response to the projects overarching theme of ‘cultural curiosity’. The project challenges the repetitive rhythm of a traditional advertising campaign by creating a network of distinctive responses that will raise levels of consciousness and arouse curiosity.

So, what is this awesome project you talk of?

Well, using the very helpful map facility on the 48Sheet website for you to locate all the billboards being utilised, we’d like you to go onto the streets of Birmingham and take photographs of the 48Sheet project. We’d then like you to submit ONE photo that you think documents the work of 48Sheets in Birmingham to Please feel free to upload ALL your photos to the Birmingham Loves Photographers Flickr page and tag the photos “48Sheetsphoto” Also, if you could share this project or your photos via Twitter, please use the #48Sheetsphoto.

So whats in it for me?

The reward for taking part will be pretty amazing for one of. Chosen by Birmingham Loves Photographers and Birmingham {Viewpoint}, the winning photo will be used by 48Sheet for their official publicity, including a limited A5 print of the photo. Ultimately giving you and your photo great exposure.

The deadline for submitting your photo is midnight on Sunday 15th April 2012 – so you haven’t got much time! Best stop reading this blog and get out shooting!

Good luck…

So, having given you the flexibility of a non fixed location for Subject #4 in Canals, I thought I’d give you even more flexibility in Subject #5. Its pretty straight forward really. You can take a photo of absolutely anything you want, providing its taken in the Birmingham area and the word “Birmingham” features in it.

As with Subject #4, when submitting your photo, please include the location the photograph was taken.

Good luck!!

Evening all.

Had a thought today: As there is no fixed location for Subject #4, I thought it would be quite interesting to see where everyones photo has been taken – it will also be nice for people to be able to visit the site where your photo was taken – especially if its picturesque… After all, this project is all about highlighting Birmingham and encouraging people to visit parts they haven’t been to before.

Therefore, when you submit your photo, could you please add a bit of detail as to where the photo was taken. Free free to send links on Google Maps, a screen shot from your smart phone’s map of your location or simply describe where you took the photo.

Once all the photos and details are in, I’ll try to put together a map of where they were all taken with a link to your name / photo.

If you need any help, give me a shout.

Thanks and good luck with this months subject!

Hello. I’m Pete Wakelam Sloan. I’m an amateur photographer and I run Birmingham {Viewpoint}. This site is all about the photography project based in Birmingham. The concept is to see The Different Ways Different People View The Same Thing. For more info, click on ‘What is Birmingham {Viewpoint}’ at the top of the page.

Please feel free to have a look around – any feedback is greatly welcomed.


Pete – Editor and Project Co-Ordinator