Birmingham is full of artists…
…and some of them are on public display away from galleries and museums. You never ever see them at work, working in shadow or seclusion, preferably both. Some make you wonder how they reached their canvasses, others put little effort in beyond signing their visit.
After the St Patrick’s day parade in Digbeth on Sunday 13th March 2011, Mrs ND and I wandered around looking to snap some of the partying events around Digbeth. On that walk we came across many ‘works of art’, including a couple of practitioners, unafraid of the throng of people and scattered police presence.
This relic of a building…
…is one that I have visited before, but this time I wanted to show some of the symmetry left in this otherwise collapsing structure. I like how the regimented yellow girders, standing to attention, are offset by the decay around them, and the mural of a graffiti tag running the length of the wall behind them. I wonder if the original ‘artiste’ had the intention of returning to colour this outline in, or whether the Job’s a Good’un?
In ‘Graffiti and Contrast’ I found a comfortable, but probably accidental, play between the sharp jagged lines of the central motif, orbiting tags and the shadows from the remaining rusty roof struts and trusses. The wall itself is almost camouflaged.
‘Digbeth Tags” is a much simpler shot, only worthy because of the bright sunshine hitting the wall at an oblique angle, casting long thin shadows from even the smallest of protrusions and imperfections jutting out.
The following week, on another walk…
…we headed up the Birmingham and Worcester canal from The Mailbox towards Old Joe at Selly Oak. We found ‘In Your Face’ under a concrete road bridge over the canal and I couldn’t resist capturing it as the water was so still and mirrored.
Graffiti aside, I actually rather like the detail and texture in the concrete path edge, especially as it reflects in the water. I admit that in post-processing I pushed the contrast and definition up a little here.
Go on, Paint the Town Red,