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The Birmingham Bull

The Birmingham Bull

The star of the commonwealth games is the mechanical bull that was revealed at the opening ceremony. It stands 10 metres tall and sits atop a motorised vehicle that allows it to be manoeuvred. Both the head and the legs move and there are numerous working clogs and gears. When viewed close up, the details are astounding. The Bull fenced in with emblems of the Commonwealth countries. The Bull wowed the world at the opening ceremony and then immediately afterwards was escorted to centenary square in the City Centre. The public response…

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Birmingham, Perry and the Commonwealth Games

Birmingham, Perry and the Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth games are coming to Birmingham and the City council has gone overboard to make sure that the streets and roads are looking their very best. There are new pieces of artwork, refurbishing of old artwork and the enhancement of buildings.  All guaranteed to make a Brummie proud.  The following pictures provide a flavour of what is taking place across the City. Birmingham is making a statement to the Commonwealth and the World that it is a vibrant and exciting place to visit.   Perry, the mascot, is following the trams Our young people…

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Made in Birmingham/Made in Sydney

Made in Birmingham/Made in Sydney

Amongst all the excitement along the colourful streets of Birmingham, there is another success story of the city taking place during the Commonwealth Games. Wandering over to Oozells square and there is a public art display that has the power to match the other artistic events that are taking place. The IKON gallery features an exhibition of the work of three artists: Yhonnie Scarce, Salote Tawale and Osman Yousefzada. The work is diverse yet integrated and visual. They come together on subjects that cover different themes. Having my camera with me was…

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The discs are back in town

The discs are back in town

The Selfridges building is now back to its full glory after a period of renovation. The silver discs were causing problems by becoming detached and falling off the building. All this was happening prior to the pandemic. There were additional problems as the original manufacturer of the discs was no longer operating and a new supplier needed to be found. When the contractors were ready, they covered the building in a spectacular pink and black cover designed by Osman Yousefzada and underneath this “skin” replaced the discs. I liked the Infinity Pattern…

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Sunrise in Kardamena

Sunrise in Kardamena

Several mornings during July, I ran into Kardamena from where I was staying.  My hotel, Acti Beach, is around 2 miles away from Kardamena.  Getting up early and watching the sunrise develop during the Golden Hour is an unforgettable experience.  Two years ago I was here in August and the sun rose over the sea. In July, the sun rises behind the mountains. Therefore I saw the sun start to rise by the golden colours appearing on the white buildings of the town as I ran towards Kardamena. The rising sun creating shadows on…

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I love Kardamena 2022

I love Kardamena 2022

A return visit to Kos and more pictures of the beautiful seaside village of Kardamena. An idyllic spot and a perfect base for the rest of the island. The long straight harbour front with the tropical trees adds character to the place and there are some delightful places to eat out and watch the world go by. Food is a must in Kardamena. Sea Bass undressed Thomas’s Meze is a favourite restaurant of ours and I enjoyed the traditional Greek foods that were served. The sea bass was particularly tasty and the…

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Reach for the sky

Reach for the sky

The album “Reach for the Sky” was released by Sunderland Brothers and Quiver in 1975.  The cover is very evocative and has an eagle flying across the sun.  My picture of the Lesser Kestrel flying over the valley between Kardamena and Pyli reminds me of that LP record.  It is one of many pictures taken on a day out with the wonderful photographer Sarah Longes (Twitter @miradordesign).  With my 200mm lens working to its limit, Sarah taught me to be patient on taking photographs. Not one of my strongest virtues but I am learning.  A pair…

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Manchester Stroll

Manchester Stroll

I visited Manchester as part of a PhD examination at the Univeristy, and it gave me the chance to see the city again.  Manchester is part of my early life and as a dental student, I loved being in the city.  In the seventies, life was very different, but the music scene was a big part of my life including Punk Rock, and the rise of Joy Division and the Buzzcocks.  Manchester looks and feels very different today and I struggle to find the same landmarks in many parts of the city.  Old buildings have been…

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Key to the City Brum

Key to the City Brum

Collection and the first lock There is a “key to the city Brum” that unlocks doors around Birmingham.  What a great idea.  Such doors give the entry to special places.  Ones that you could only open with a special key. Intriguing. I always loved a good treasure hunt but how do I get access to one of these fabled keys?  The project caught the imagination of the people of Birmingham and social media was rife with the #keytothecitybrum hashtag.  Key to the City Brum 2022 passport box.  When the launch took place in Grand Central on…

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Summertime and the poppies are back

Summertime and the poppies are back

When you first behold a poppy field, immediately the intense red colour catches the eye. You stop and take in the beautiful scene. Such poppy fields are rare and also transient. Similar to the bluebell season, their intense red colours grace the landscape for a couple of weeks and then they are gone. I have been fortunate to see two poppy fields in successive years. The first was in Minworth, which is now a housing estate. Last year a poppy field sprung up in Leamington Spa which was close to home. Both…

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Hi and welcome to my photographic world

These pages are where I have blogged about my photographic journey. I keep it up to date with stories about places I visit and views on the world of photography. It is written for your interest and enjoyment. I have put my contact details down and welcome discussion on any of the subjects covered. I am also available for talks on photography with a particular focus on its use in social media.

Many thanks for your interest in my work.