I’m an alien in Birmingham. Originally from the Wirral in the North-west of England, I moved down to Birmingham in 2010. I’ll be completely honest, it’s the last place I thought I’d end up living, but I’ve had a great time since moving down here. My impressions of Birmingham, before moving down here, were pretty shallow – funny sounding people, not great football teams and a bit of a dull city (I’m sure some people will think the exact same about me and where I’m from!)
Since being here though, I’ve realised that my views on Birmingham were wrong. Well, on one of the above three points anyway!! Birmingham is certainly NOT a dull city! It is quite the opposite. And this is one of the main purposes of this project: to show Birmingham in a true light. And what better way to do that than by the people who live in Birmingham taking photographs of their city…
One of the highlights since being in Birmingham (from a photography point of view) was getting involved with Birmingham Loves Photographers. Hosted at 6/8 Kafe, it’s a frequent get together for people in Birmingham who all share a passion for one thing: Photography. It’s not only been great to meet with other like minded people in the area – especially being a newbie to this city, but both motivating and inspiring. This project was heavily influenced by the BLP meet ups and speaking with other photographers, so I thank BLP for their support in promoting this project and hopefully making it a success.
On a monthly basis, a subject will be published on this blog for those taking part. They will then have a month to photograph this subject and email their photographs to the email address below or submit it via the Contact page. The idea of the project is to see the different ways different people view the same subject.
The subject could be a landmark – such as the BT Tower, the Mailbox, the Bullring or a specific area – such as the Jewellery Quarter, the canal system or one of the many beautiful parks in Birmingham. I am open to suggestions of subjects from participants during the project as well, especially if you have a favourite subject that is off the beaten track.
I really wanted to challenge people in a few ways:
- To really view Birmingham – taking a photo of the chosen subject as they see it and visiting places they might not normally frequent;
- To push their photography boundaries – hopefully getting some to move out of their comfort zone;
- To promote Birmingham in a positive way – showing how beautiful the buildings and areas are.
Anyone can take part in the project and can join in at any point – this isn’t restricted to those who attend the BLP meet ups (although if you love photography then you should really come along to one of the meetings). You don’t have to be a professional photographer, or even have a decent camera – mobile phone photos are as welcome as professional DSLR photos. The only rules are that the photographs main subject is the given subject and that your photograph is taken during the project dates. Please send your submissions / subject suggestions / comments through to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form on the Contact page.
All the photographs will be published on this site here and will be credited to the individual photographer (if you have a website, Twitter, Flickr that you would like linked to your photograph, please send this through with your entry).
I think it will be really interesting to see the different perspectives people come up with of the same subject and I’m really looking forward to seeing the submissions…
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So this is a difficult one. As a photographer, I know how frustrating it is not to share a photo I’ve taken that I’m proud of – especially if it’s for a project. However to make this a success, I think its really important that photographers taking part aren’t influenced by other peoples photographs. The whole concept of this project is built around the different ways different people view the same thing.
Obviously I can’t ask people not to publish their photo prior to them being published on here (after all, they are your photos). But in the interest of keeping everyones photo original, not influencing others and ultimately making this project a success, please can those taking part refrain from linking any photo they take directly to the project.
I love the enthusiasm, excitement and passion that people are showing for the project so far – and I certainly don’t want to remove that – but I feel the final submissions of each round will be all the more special (and unique) if those taking part don’t see or aren’t influenced by peoples photographs being published (or linked to the project) prior to the final submissions being published.
I will make it my priority to get the final submissions published on (or as near to) the day after the deadline for that subject passes.
Thanks for understanding ~ Pete.
(You can find out more about Pete and his photography over here)