From High on Flickr.
Continuing my short study of the Selfridges building in Birmingham. This was taken from high up from the car park opposite.
‘henry’ on Flickr.
Another shot of the Selfridges building in Birmingham, this time showing the bridge that connects it to the car park on the other side of the road.
Spheres of Confusion on Flickr.
The second in a short series of shots from Selfridges in Birmingham. This iconic building designed by Future Systems was built in 2003 - and its believed to be largely responsible for the rejuvenation of the centre of Birmingham.
Selfridges on Flickr.
Its a very long time since I’ve visited the bullring - 1992 was the last time I was there, I’d been to a James concert in Manchester and we were travelling back on a National Express coach back home to Greenwich. It was around this time of year and the weather turned - in fact turned so much that the police shut the M6 - all the coaches got diverted to Birmingham bus station where we spent much of the day - actually we found a pub just round the corner from the bullring. The roads didn’t open and we spent the night sleeping under a table in city hall with red cross food parcels and fine bone china !!! It was an experience for sure. Its difficult to remember what the bullring was like then - it was cold, the big round building was there - but the rest of it shabby to say the least.
Today’s a different story though - Birmingham’s gone up market. I’ve been wanting to visit birmingham for ages - of course Selfridges was a big draw - but surely there must be something else there too - so I decided to take a trip up and have an explore. I’m afraid there’s potentially a few of this facade - I know its been taken a million times - but it really is rather striking.
The day was cold and seriously overcast - by 9am (having arrived at 7am) I could have called it a day - seriously chilled to the bone, but I grabbed a coffee warmed up and went exploring a bit more. In the end I quite enjoyed my day there - there’s a couple of shots I wasn’t able to get so I’ll be back at some point. For now a mini series follows.
Oh - and I’ve been playing at the higher end of the histogram. I see lots of dark black architecture images - I’m guilty of that too - and some of them do look stunning but I’m keen to explore the other end - the end that we usually get in the UK and taking shots with completely overcast skies.
Quick question - is the reflection of the cathedral distracting? I quite liked it I thought it added a sense of reality perhaps - but I have one where this is not there - would be interested in your views.
Fishing Tours on Flickr.
A few weeks ago I popped down to Dungeness for the first time with a few freinds. It was cold and bleak and pretty much how I’d expected Dungeness. It was a Sunday and we arrived early for sunrise - and I just fell in love with the place pretty much immediately - it was like my part of the coast in Suffolk but on a much grander scale - but and it was big but, the place was heaving - well relatively speaking there were so many fishermen there and whilst the place itself was how I imagined it - the atmosphere was far from it. I’d taken the following day off and I thought I’d do a bit of a tour around Kent - but the weather looked good so I went back - wow what a transformation - the place was empty not a sole around - this is how I’d imagined Dungeness.
This is 4 shot panorama with a house - probably familiar to most but it really captivated me. I’ve no idea if anyone lives here - it doesn’t matter I just loved the ramshackle feel which summed up much of Dungeness.
John’s Wood 2 on Flickr.
I had originally planned to upload this straight away after the last but one thing got in the way of another which got in the way of another, so a few weeks - actually its probably a month since the snow was here the second part of an afternoon shot playing in the snow. As I said before the landscape is so transformed into snow - I’ve driven by this a few times since and I still wouldn’t give it a second look, but I do smile as I drive by knowing what it looked like and how peaceful everything was just for one afternoon.
John’s Wood on Flickr.
A few weeks ago we had snow in Suffolk, not only did we have snow but it occurred over a weekend and it settled, this is such a rare occurrence I just had to drop everything and get out, but where? I had no idea - I really wish I’d rec’yed earlier in the year. So off to the woods I went, luckily everything changes int he snow and on the way I noticed John’s Wood - I’ve been by this hundreds of times and never given it a second thought, but it just took on a different dimension, I loved the way it just spilled over the hill into the background. So no more than 3 miles from home I spent the afternoon shooting this little wood, blizzards and all. Like my previous shot I was there alone just me the elements and the occasional hare. Its days like this when I love photography - regardless of the outcome.
silence on Flickr.
An uncharacteristic shot from me, but we so very rarely get snow that I just had to go out and capture it while it was here. I was hoping to go out today but the forecast snow just hasn’t arrived, maybe later. I must say I always look forward to the snow arriving and doubly so this year - for Christmas I received a copy of Winter by Jeffrey Conley, what a totally inspirational book. If you don’t know Jeffrey’s work - well go and get the book while you can its amazing, his images have such beauty and are so quiet, still and calm.
As for this shot - its taken in Tunstall Forest in Suffolk. Its a 5 stitch panorama towards the end of the day. It was great just wandering through the forest - people had been and gone by the time I got there so I had it all to myself, it was so quiet so peaceful, as I was taking this shot something made me turn round and the deer were passing behind me someway off but so silently.
a journey on Flickr.
Friday 11th January - is that too late to say Happy New Year? Well heck happy new year anyway. Here’s a rare landscape shot - well I say landscape I guess its still urban, maybe industrial - and in fact this is as industrial as Suffolk gets. I’d love to shoot more industrial landscapes - I’ve been looking a lot at Bill Brandt’s work recently - famous for his nudes but his depiction of Britain in the 30’s and 40’s really is fascinating - so this year I’m going to have to do a bit more travelling I think - hence posting this shot which sums up the start of this project.
The shot is taken from the side of the A14 in Bury St Edmunds and this is the Sugar Beat factory that billows out steam constantly through the winter. The shot was taken just before Christmas - which was the last time I really picked up my camera properly. Hopefully that will change soon.
There’s been a couple of blogs about me published recently - the first is one of a series of blogs by Andrew S Gibson, he’s interviewing many fine long exposure photographers and I was lucky enough to be included. You can find the interview with me here: Long Exposure Interview 5 - Giles McGarry
The second is on The D-Photo Blog by Diana Eftaiha - always a great source of inspiration with a really ecletic mix of photography presented. I’m pleased to be included in her blog - which you can find here: Creative Black and White Photography by Giles McGarry
2012 on Flickr.
Well at this time of year I like to look back at the year if nothing more to remind myself what I’ve been doing. Its been one of ups and downs both photographically and elsewhere, but I have to say the ups this year have outweighed the downs, in no particular order:
- I’ve experimented more than ever
- I’ve learnt to develop film
- I have a new camera
- I’ve learnt to manually focus
- I cracked my ribs trying to get that last photo
- I smashed my camera / lens / tripod to smithereens
- I shot lots with my Rollieflex
- I was runner up in LPOTY (urban)
- I was paid by a magazine for some shots
- I grew a beard
- I’ve travelled
- I met old friends
- I met new friends
- I lost touch with people
- I’ve been in so much pain I cried - twice
- I took lots of pictures and published very few
- I’ve started a long term project
- I’ve been to the beach very rarely and took very few seascapes
- I moved to google+, and then back again to flickr
- I was published in magazines and a couple of books too
So all in all its been an eventful year, one that I’ve really enjoyed, but I didn’t hit my goals for the year although they probably weren’t that realistic.
As for next year who knows, I do have some goals for the year - hopefully they’re more realistic and more achievable.