A few weeks ago I was able to join another of the Birmingham Queensway photo walks run by Matt & Pete’s Photo School
The areas that we’ve explored so far are routes that I thought I knew well, but it turns out that the city is full of little surprises. The Queensway forms a ring road around the periphery of the centre of Birmingham and you’d think the land would be well developed and highly sought after by businesses. Instead, property seems quite disorganised and the city’s recent concrete past is falling into disrepair; however, occasionally you walk past an architectural gem of a building which gives a glimpse back to Birmingham’s more glorious days.
Most of the places where we’ve walked aren’t necessarily areas that I’d ever have reason to visit. I’d probably just pass through them on my way somewhere else, and I’d probably be walking quite quickly through them if I was on my own! Having the time to walk slowly and purposefully has given me time to appreciate my surroundings much more…they’re more photo dawdles than walks :)
I think I’ve said before that the photo walks have challenged me to take photos that are different to my usual style. I’ve purposefully headed out with only my kit lens and my smartphone so that I can document the areas as I see them, rather than trying to make something more creative out of them. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the walks, particularly because I’ve been able to explore like a child by peeking over walls and behind doorways :) Sometimes it’s been nice to just take shots of the general scenery, but I’ve also found myself looking for colours, patterns and shapes, as well as seeking out bits of street art or graffiti and the little details that would normally pass me by.
So here are a few shots from walk three. The walk started at the foot of the Alpha Tower, under the central library (who knew you could get down there?!), down to Summer Row and along the canal to Ludgate Hill near St Paul’s and the BT Tower, finishing near Great Charles Street Queensway.
If you’ve not already seen them, here are photos from walk one
and walk two
. Unfortunately I’m not around for the next couple of walks but hopefully I’ll get to some later in the summer. I really recommend them if you’re in the area! More details can be found here
All photos below were taken on a Nikon D7100 using the 18-105mm kit lens, and are processed in Lightroom using my Shoreditch presets
Thanks for stopping by :)