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The World at 4am

27 Sep
4am Project: Birmingham: Counting seconds...

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What does your world look like at 4am?

After going out around Birmingham at 4am to capture life during this magical hour, photographer Karen Strunks posted the resulting images on her blog and wrote about her experiences. After a positive response from blog readers &  twitter followers, she decided to set up the 4am Project.

The project encourages photographers of all abilities to get up, get out (or stay in!) and help document what the world is like at 4am. A flickr group and the 4am Project website pools these images from around the globe.

Karen has since arranged several 4am Project dates, organising and encouraging meet ups of photographers in Birmingham and beyond, including a 4am trip to Birmingham Wholesale Markets and one to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The project has gained support from 4iP, Screen WM and Advantage West Midlands.

The next 4am Project date is 17th October 2010. Karen will be in New York at the time, working on her new photographic project The Big Apple Unpeeled.

We’d love to see your pictures of the Northfield, Rubery, Frankley, Longbridge area at 4am, like this one from a previous project date by local photographer Adrian Burrows.

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Frankley Beeches at 4am | Image courtesy of

So get out into your street, or high streeet, or local park, or garden, or even do something artistic in the warmth of your home! You don’t have to have an amazing camera, use any camera you have, even a cameraphone! It’s not just about stunning images, it’s about recording a space in time we don’t normally see. Upload your 4am pictures to flickr (you can set up an account for free, if you don’t already have one) and add them to the 4am Project group & the B31blog group. If you can’t make it on October 17th, you can add pictures from any day, so long as they were taken between 4-5am.

We look forward to seeing your pictures!


Pictures: Pope, Pilgrims & Protesters

21 Sep

On Sunday, Marty & I grabbed the kidlets and pottered off over to Cofton Park to see the Pope, pilgrims & protesters.

Took lots and lots of pictures, mostly of people waiting to get a glimpse of the Pope as he left the park and of the protesters and the reactions of pilgrims as they left the park and passed by the protesters.

There were fewer people on the streets than I’d expected to see but a good number turned out. The protest group was small but well positioned and received a wide range of responses from passing pilgrims – from singing, friendly jibes, respectful nods & smiles, proud flag waving, shouting, swearing, spitting and even the odd threat!

Even more images can be found in our Papal Visit Flickr set

View the slideshow below, or scroll down for thumbnails linking to larger images.

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Show us your B31!

21 Jul

We’ve set up a Flickr group for B31 for sharing images of the B31 area! We’d love to see all your photos, be they arty, professional looking, vintage or snaps taken on a cameraphone.

If you have any photos you want to share, please join and add as many as you like to the group. If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you can sign up for free.

The ten most recent images added to the group will always show at the bottom right hand side of the blog. *that’s it – look down there – yep, thataway! —>

We look forward to viewing your images!

Beautiful Northfield Photo Competition

8 Jul

Camera by Sas Taylor

Northfield Eco Centre are running a fab photography competition.

Submit your photos of the beautiful places and people in Northfield before 31st July to get your image displayed in the Centre.

Full details, rules and entry information can be found on their website.

Good luck! :)

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