An idea: Oh Dear Diary

I’ve been thinking about this idea for years and I’d like to finally make it happen. It’s an event called Oh Dear Diary. It’s very simple: people get together and read aloud extracts from their teenage (or childhood, or young adulthood) diaries. Why? It’s funny It’s cathartic It’s bonding It’s affectionate But mostly it’s funny […]

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Billy and the magic mushroom

This is a photo of my bedroom wall when I was a baby. (Oh yeah… that’s me, the baby.) Isn’t it awesome? The photo – tea stain and all – only shows a small part of the scene. The whole wall was covered. Apart from the mushroom, rabbit, butterflies and flowers that you can see […]

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Moseley Road Baths: “Derelict”

Every week for the last – ooh, I dunno – six months? A year? I’ve looked at “your pictures” in the Guardian Weekend Magazine, thought about sending one in, and haven’t. Finally, about a month ago, the theme was “derelict”, so I sent a picture of Moseley Road Baths – and two weeks later, I […]

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Birmingham’s People: How do you represent Birmingham?

The Birmingham Photospace team spent most of this weekend preparing for our latest exhibition, Birmingham’s People, which launches at The Drum on Wednesday night. Birmingham’s People is made up of photographs of people who visited this year’s Artsfest in September. The Birmingham Photospace team set up a small studio in Victoria Square and invited anyone […]

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Bordesley posse, 1894

This photo is of my great grandfather, Ernest, with his sister Jessie and his brothers Frank, Sid and little Freddie. Of the older boys, I’m not sure which one’s which, but my guess is that Ernest is second from left. There are eight years between little Fred and Jessie, the oldest – so if he’s […]

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Birmingham Photospace Flash Swap Event

Birmingham what what what event? For a while now I’ve been involved in Birmingham Photospace, a voluntary group dedicated to finding a permanent space for photography in the city. It’s crazy that there are so many photographers in Brum, but no central space dedicated to photography. So, prompted by a post on flickr last year […]

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Now is the Winterval of our discontent (redux)

I wrote this on Sunday 2nd November and I’m buggered if I’m going to let a silly hosting problem stop me from publishing it again. Big thanks to Jon Bounds, who found the original in his Google reader archive. Lesson learned for me: back up, back up, back up… Reading today’s Observer, I became worried […]

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