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.  

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This Brutal City – 103 Colmore Row – John Madin

The hoardings are going up and the scaffolding is being erected on 103 Colmore Row… Another one of John Madin’s Brutalist structures is being dismantled. I’m going to miss it.  I must have walked past this concrete monolith hundreds of times over the last decade, and it makes me slightly sad that it’s end is nigh. 

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This Brutal City – Birmingham Central Library – John Madin


Love it or hate it, you can’t help but admire the sheer brutal rigour of John Madin’s Birmingham Central Library, lovingly referred to as the Ziggurat.  

This landmark of post war Birmingham is in the process of being dismantled, so before it is lost to history, I thought I’d take my camera out and photograph it while I still had the chance! 

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Contrast and Dilapidation JQ 08.04.15

Having moved workplace back to the Jewellery Quarter, I’ve been mooching around photographing the contrast and dilapidation of the place.  It’s one of the most interesting areas of Brum… 
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Ilford XP2 Super 400



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Glastonbury 2014 – Mud and Mud


At Glastonbury 2014, I  wasn’t as rigorous about documenting the bands or experience in photographs as I was last year.  I didn’t even take a dedicated camera. Just my iPhone.

I always say that the festival isn’t all about the bands, in fact its especially not about the Headliners. That said, The bands were fantastic! 

Below is an (almost) comprehensive list of the acts I saw perform at this years festival:

  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • Blondie
  • De la Soul
  • Interpol
  • Arcade Fire


  • The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band 
  • Angel Haze
  • Royal Blood
  • Jagwar Ma
  • ESG
  • Manics
  • Pixies
  • Mogwai
  • Disclosure


  • Public Service Broadcasting 
  • The Horrors
  • St Vincent
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Massive Attack 



 Glastonbury Tor, and Car park sticker – Wednesday morning, getting close! 

Tent up! Let the good times roll! 
The ribbon tower in the Park – Wednesday walk about. 

The motley crew having a sit down in Flagtopia

The “Sacred Space” – Stone Circle – Wednesday

The Park at sunset.

Top of the park

The ribbon tower at dusk.

Thursday – Rave in a cave in Glasto Latino.

Friday – Kaiser Chiefs, Followed by Blondie on the Other Stage.

Blondie on the Other Stage.

De La Soul – They bring the party to the Pyramid Stage.

Interpol – Friday sunset on the Other Stage. 

Arcade Fire – Friday Headline on the Pyramid.

Reverend Peytons Big Damn Band – West Holts Sat AM

ROYAL BLOOD! – John Peel – Contender for best set at the festival!

ESG – Park Stage 

Pixies – Other Stage – Where is my mind? Way out in the water, see it swimming!

Disclosure – DJ Set in the Arcadia Spider!

Sunday – Decamp!

Sunday – So tired!

Hammock Haven

Love and hate!

St Vincent – Park Stage

St Vincent – Amazing set! 

Massive Attack Close the festival on the Other Stage



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Getting Creative.


Someone told me that it’s a waste I’m not being creative at the moment, so I really want to resurrect some of the old projects that have fallen by the wayside over the last few years. 

The front runner is Birmingham Subtracted

This project involves doctored photographs of the city with all signage and advertising roomed, (subtracted) from the image.  

I think it’s really interesting to imagine the city minus all the add ons, so it is stripped back to the bare street or building. 

The first attempt was a rough sketch of an idea and was over worked, but I think with a bit of refinement this project could produce a really nice series of images.

Watch this space.



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