This Brutal City – New Street Signal Box

Another in the series I’m calling ‘This Brutal City’ – Probably one of the only Brutalist buildings in Birmingham that is currently safe from destruction.  The New Street signal Box by Bicknell & Hamilton.  Grade II listed and couldn’t be more at odds with the new mirror clad Grand Central Terminal.  

Nikon FM2n
Ilford xp2 400



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#NewStreetNewStart – Phase One

Well… Imagine this… A huge construction project being delivered ON TIME! They have managed to get Phase one of New New Street open when they said they would… Just, because the commuters are pouring through the new concourse and on some sections the plaster isn’t dry yet!

First impressions are really good! I think this is going to be a really great station when they finish phase two at the end of 2014.

Here are some photos from my iPhone of the entrance on Stevenson Street, and the new concourse.

2012 – A Year in Black and White..

Mid way in 2012 I was kindly given a classic Olympus OM1-N 35mm SLR. This has been a revelation and made me pine for the old, sadly missed, Nikon FM2 I had for a while at Uni, before it was robbed!

The quality of the camera and standard 50mm lens makes the modern cameras I’ve come into contact with seem very plasticy and a bit cumbersome.

I decided that I would use this camera for taking purely black and white art photographs, and leave digital for taking snaps.

It has been a steep learning curve, getting to grips with a fully manual camera after so long in the auto focus world of Digital.  The first film I took was at a friend’s wedding… unfortunatly this film was spoilt and I very quickly re-aquainted with one drawback of film!

This is a review of some of the pictures I have taken over the course of the year.

May saw us enjoy THE week of British summer in Westward Ho! Devon.

Throughout the year I have been regularly travelling from the west Midlands to where I grew up in Nottingham. I’ve been visiting the Nottingham Contemporary Art gallery, which is really growing on me as a building.

I always spend a lot of time in Birmingham New Street. Especially Platform 11!.
September saw me at Sheffield Tramlines Festival, The B/W gives the shots something of a woodstock vibe!

In contrast to the excess of tramlines, September also saw another friend’s Wedding, with some very sweet flower girls.

In November I was in Paris. The first time I have visited the city, and I was really impressed. There is a great sence of contrast, between glamour and Decay.

There are always Photographic oportunities on my doorstep in Birmingham.  It’s a great city!

The Future’s Bright the Future’s… Still a 3D Visual.

On a grey February lunchtime perhaps its good to look to the bright future of Brum, as presented in the visualizations of Mecanoo, FOA and Glenn Howells.
New Birmingham Central Library, by Mecanoo.
(not my image)
(not my image)
The spherical motif presented in the visuals can now just about be made out in the structure of the building, along with a giant hole in the ground in the middle of Centenary Square, and the two service cores can be seen from across the city.
The old Central Library by John Madin is earmarked for demolition to be replaced a couple of hundred meters away by the Mecanoo scheme.

The new and the old.
Paradise Forum
(not my image)
(not my image)
The connection through Paradise Forum between Chamberlain Square and Centenary Square, where the library currently stands has been re-designed by Glenn Howells. This new open connection links the new library through to Victoria Sq and New Street, with the new station.
The first signs of New-New Street re-development are emerging. Its a long way from looking like the shiny undulating armadillo below.

(not my image)

Its a good job New Street and the library have already started on site, what with the ‘current economic climate’ and the Tory cuts.
MM

The Future’s Bright the Future’s… Still a 3D Visual.

On a grey February lunchtime perhaps its good to look to the bright future of Brum, as presented in the visualizations of Mecanoo, FOA and Glenn Howells.
New Birmingham Central Library, by Mecanoo.
(not my image)
(not my image)
The spherical motif presented in the visuals can now just about be made out in the structure of the building, along with a giant hole in the ground in the middle of Centenary Square, and the two service cores can be seen from across the city.
The old Central Library by John Madin is earmarked for demolition to be replaced a couple of hundred meters away by the Mecanoo scheme.

The new and the old.
Paradise Forum
(not my image)
(not my image)
The connection through Paradise Forum between Chamberlain Square and Centenary Square, where the library currently stands has been re-designed by Glenn Howells. This new open connection links the new library through to Victoria Sq and New Street, with the new station.
The first signs of New-New Street re-development are emerging. Its a long way from looking like the shiny undulating armadillo below.

(not my image)

Its a good job New Street and the library have already started on site, what with the ‘current economic climate’ and the Tory cuts.
MM