A research visit to Birmingham has produced a vast number of images, all of which could inspire me to write, to make, to create.
Some of them I’ll be sharing here- I need time to work out what I’m going to do with them. Birmingham is an amazing place- it has changed so much since I first visited in the 1980s, when it never occurred to me that hanging round in Sparkbrook was a problem. I seek out dereliction and the downs of life as much as I love the buzz of the new tower blocks and offices. It was good to capture some of those fleeting moments when there is still some of the industrial heritage of what was one of Britain’s powerhouses, or at least the ripped apart skeleton, lurking in fetid corners. Talking of which, a stunning Victorian pissoir was one of the highlights!