Birmingham's People 14 – Martin Phillips

In planning Birmingham’s People I wanted to create a convincing portrait of all aspects of Birmingham’s culture and its social history. One popular image of the Midlands since the 70s has been its reputation as a centre of long haired heavy metal. As soon as I saw Martin I thought he would be perfect to […]

Birmingham's People 13 – Neil Holland

Among the roll call of people we’d like to thank from our weekend at Artsfest are the other Artsfest volunteers who helped us out.  Neil was working as a media officer over the weekend, sorting passes for photographers documenting the whole event and answering journalist queries.  I think his reassuring, calm presence over the weekend […]

Birmingham's People 12 – Neil Houston

Neil had already had a busy weekend when he came to see us at Artsfest. He’d partied all Friday night at Brumtwestival – a brilliantly successful Birmingham twitter fundraising bash for Birmingham YMCA. You’d never guess from his portrait though.

Birmingham's People 11 – Afribeanne

Afribeanne (on the right in the portrait) is a resident of Brixton and was visiting Birmingham during the Artsfest weekend. An art student, she had some great insights into the unique nature of photography and the importance of it being part of the community as you can see in the video interview below. She also […]

Birmingham's People 10 – TheWishy

One of the most important  aims of Birmingham Photospace is to create a spiritual home in the city for the vast number of dedicated photoenthusiasts  who prowl its streets. One of the most enthusiastic photographers that we know has the Flickr name TheWishy and is an evangelist of the more esoteric areas of film photography. […]

Birmingham's People 9 – Pat Flynn

One of the groups of people that have yet to be thanked by the Birmingham Photospace team are our families who have provided so much support for the cause. And so here’s my mother-in-law, the fantastic Pat Flynn MBE, formerly head of Library Services in Leicester and lifelong Brummie. As well as sitting for a […]

Birmingham's People 8 – Noel

One of the joys of the Artsfest weekend was the sheer variety of people who were happy to be photographed, reflecting the diversity of Birmingham as a whole. As a photographer it was a brilliant experience. Noel here and his wife (soon to feature) were a great couple of sitters, both being extremely dignified models […]

Birmingham's People 7 – Karen Strunks

Our Friday Photo is the fabulous Karen Strunks, a very talented local photographer who came down on the Sunday to lend a hand. She was a great help, both in guiding members of the public through the whole process and in assisting me behind the camera, especially late in the day when we had a […]

Birmingham's People 6 – The Gruffalo

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” Oscar Wilde Liz has handled the Birmingham’s People posts up until now so I thought it was about time I wrote one. I photographed the majority of the portraits over the weekend and it was both an incredibly […]

Birmingham's People 5 – Mike and Gareth

One of the best things about writing these blog posts is occasionally being able to write about my friends. The chap on the left is indeed a friend of mine, but more than that he’s a very talented bassist. Mike plays bass for a local band named Urge but also for spoken word events like […]