Throwback Thursday: Moseley Road Swimming Baths 

Back in February Friends of Moseley Road baths invited IgersBirmingham to capture Moseley Road Baths.
The baths are due to close soon, leaving the area having to travel to Sparkhill baths when they reopen.

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If you haven’t been to Moseley Road Baths the Friends are having a community action day on Saturday 18th March and more details can be found here for more information.  It will be a shame to see this building close.

Thank you IgersBirmingham for the opportunity to capture this beautiful building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Street Workshop with Kris Askey & IGersBirmingham

When I start writing my blog posts I always struggle and this is the same with my photography.  So when I found IGersBirmingham on Instagram and started going to some of their meetups I started to move out of my comfort zone and challenge the type of photos I shot.

Today was no different.  I kept thinking what if I don’t like any of my shots, I hope no one takes my camera.  Will I have the confidence to give street photography the justice it deserves.   Oh well lets go and see what a Street workshop is all about and listen as well as learn.

Kris Askey kindly gave up some of his time to talk us about how he got started, what fuels him to take the shots he has.  Kris captures some amazing moments and people, last year he shot an exhibition for Birmingham Children’s Hospital which could be viewed in the streets of Birmingham.  After some advice on taking shots on the street, we went out to take our own shots.Poppybead Creative, #igb_meet_street

Here’s one of my first shots, I like the whole view of taxi versus bicycle.  I could of been closer , but I like this shot.

 

 

 

 

These shots were some distance away  or blurred to have any real impact in my view.  But I am happy to share them.

 

 

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I liked these last  three shots when I took them, but I could of had better angles.  Enough of the critiquing, the shots below I am happy with, so enjoy.

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Once we had been out shooting for an hour, we met again and Kris edited some shots.

The opportunity to see Kris edit shots taken by fellow IGers was really useful.  This workshop has given me a kick up the bum to keep challenging myself, try something new & consider printing some of my shots.  So yet again IGersBirmingham and Kris thank you so much.

Kris has an exhibition starting on the 18th February at Park View Gallery in Kings Heath for a month.  So if you want to see and buy prints from Kris go along and support.

 

It’s the end of January already!

This post was due to be published on Tuesday but the photos wouldn’t load.

Today was the last day of January and it’s always welcome.  Mainly because it’s the first payday after Christmas and my birthday.

I thought I would share some photos from this month.

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This poster was designed by Tracey Emin for the 2012 Paralympics in London.  I find the words meaningful.

Igers Birmingham had their first meetup of the year in Deritend, the weather was poor but there was a great turnout of people.  I have been able to challenge my photography through these meetups and meet some lovely people.

I upgraded my phone and these last few photos were taken with my phone, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

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These two photos were taken on different days.

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I love reflections and I am sure there will be more over the year.  Enjoy February.

Fishylicious – Birmingham: Gluten Free Fish and Chips

On Facebook someone shared that there was a new fish and chip shop in Birmingham serving gluten free food. My excitement was set and I started looking for it’s location.

Pitsford Street is in the Jewellery Quarter near a cemetery.  Don’t let that put you off as when you get outside the bright blue restaurant there were some lovely deck chairs.

Once inside I had the choice of seating, as it was early evening.  I picked cod and battered chips.  Since I moved to the West Midlands I kept hearing about orange battered chips, so I had to order them.

I ordered a beer as they served gluten free daura beer.


Then came my fish and chips.  It was wrapped in paper and I was really excited.  I opened it up and wow!

Here it was, cod and battered chips. It tasted as good as it looked.  The only issue I had was the mushy peas tasted a little sweet, but that could of been my taste buds.

I wish Fishylicious well and will be going back again.

City of Colours Festival 2016

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I was meant to post last week but never got around to it.  Last week was the City of colours festival, this event was a celebration of street and urban culture.  Nearly three years ago I was blessed to work with Becci and Karl on the Lost Stories Inside Out project.  So the passion they hold creatively I knew this event was going to be immense.  I was not disappointed.

I also thought I would go on an instameet organised by @igersbirmingham via Instagram. Here are some of the photos I took during the day.

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imageThe B-Boy battles were really busy and being short I couldn’t see much of the stage but captured these shots instead.

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Ross Jukes pictured here made a video of the day & manage to capture me walking around and you can view it on YouTube.

 

 

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There was so much going on and do I will let the photos do the talking.  I have posted more photos in a flickr album and you can have a look here.

Rub Smokehouse & Bar Birmingham

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Rub Smokehouse & bar is new to Birmingham only opened on 22nd July 2015.  It is located on Broad Street in between the Solomon Cutler and the Hyatt hotel.  I remember this place as the Living Room, a bar upstairs with a good vibe.

I came across Rub on Twitter and as I usually do I checked out the menu online and noticed (GF) next to many of the items.  I have a great love of pulled pork but I cook it at home.  Ribs on the other hand are something I haven’t mastered at home so seeing them filled me with excitement.

I was greeted by a friendly host and shown upstairs.  As I was meeting a friend I was given the option to wait at the bar but I went straight to our table.  My first memory was these wooden seats aren’t too comfortable.

I ordered the crackling as a starter.  I wasn’t sure if any of the gluten free options needed to have ingredients removed, so I mentioned it to our server.  I don’t think she is used to sceptical eaters who like to check food is definitely gluten free so thought I was a little awkward.

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I enjoyed the crackling and the apple sauce was nice, not too sweet.  A little bit more apple sauce would be good.

Then my half rack of ribs came served with salt and pepper fries and slaw.  The slaw had no sign of mayonnaise and I didn’t mind.  There was a lot of choice of how to have your fries.

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There was wet tissues so you don’t need to be polite, I just tucked in with my hands.  The ribs tasted really good and the portion was ample.  There was spring onions sprinkled on everything.

We were then offered the desert menu.  I asked if they had any deserts that were gluten free and non chocolate.  The answer was no, my allergy to chocolate sometimes makes desert when eating out difficult.

All in all I will definitely be going back again to Rub.  The portion sizes were good, the options were ample apart from desert.  I did like how they brought out the kitchen sink desert to another table, that looked like good fun.

I would like to wish them well and every  success.

Here is my friend’s non gluten free desert, it did look good.

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