Recording video for social media

Last week I wrote about how “facts tell, but stories sell“; how stories can promote your organisation. And how one of the quickest ways to show authenticity and get a story “out there” is through video. This week, I’m going to share some of the basic media training techniques I’ve found useful for the people […]

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Aldwych tube station: a photo no-no

When I heard that the London Transport Museum was offering tours of Aldwych Underground Station, which has been closed since 1994, I jumped at the chance. Old building, not usually open to the public? Check. Original 1920s and 1930s architecture and interior design? Check. Public transport nerdery? Checkety check check check. The visit, however, was […]

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Form vs content: What is art, anyway?

I love being creative, but I’m not an artist. Why? Because art is form and content. This is a new one on me, I’m ashamed to say. I have always understood ‘form’: the aesthetic part, the part that pleases the eye, or rolls off the tongue… but it’s only relatively recently that I’ve come to […]

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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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