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Brum Street Style Project – Ndukwe

Brum Street Style Project – Ndukwe

The distinctive bubble-wrap facade of the Birmingham Selfridges store caught my attention immediately after we moved. I photographed it on its own right after Victorian Square and, once we started our Brum Street Style Project , I often urged John to take some street style pictures there. So last Saturday…

A sort of self portrait

A sort of self portrait

Continuing with the theme of reflections and mirrors – a sort of an accidental self portrait. I saw this guy carrying a mirror on the street…

Brum Street Style Project – Lily

Brum Street Style Project – Lily

In my 20s when I was a student I had this great voluminous camel wrap coat that was very cosy in cold weather but a pain to dry-clean. In my 30s I wore a chic fitted single-breasted three-quarter length camel coat. When I just turned 40 (I am kinda giving…

Brum Street Style Project – Jatte

Brum Street Style Project – Jatte

As much as I love colour, I also like the grey on grey trend for the autumn 2013. Matte and shiny, gunmetal and smoking grey, charcoal and slate – all shades of grey made their way to the runways and into the shops this season, forming a basis for a…

Brum Street Style Project – Steve

Brum Street Style Project – Steve

We chose the Library of Birmingham as a location for our yesterday’s Brum Street Style Project hunt. I liked  the colours, textures, and the clean urban/graphic feel of the library ground floor facade – its huge reflective glass panels, revolving doors, metallic bicycle stands. I also hoped that with the…

Library of Birmingham terrace gardens

Library of Birmingham terrace gardens

I am not an architectural photographer, no I am a gardener. I am a photographer of urban life. So when we visited the Library of Birmingham terrace gardens, the Discovery Terrace and the Secret Garden, during the last week’s 4 Squares Weekender I was more curious to see up close…

Self Portrait Birmingham

Self Portrait Birmingham

Of the two of us, it’s I, due to my art history degree, that is more likely to tiptoe around a pile of bricks at the Tate Modern and believe the sign saying that it is the greatest work of art of all times. So, when I read out from…

Birmingham events – As The World Tipped aerial theatre performance

Birmingham events – As The World Tipped aerial theatre performance

We couldn’t make it on the first night, but after sharing a link to the Birmingham Hippodrome page and an excellent Youtube informational/promo with John I managed to get us to Victoria Square on 7 September for a late-night aerial theatre performance ‘As The World Tipped’. Part of 4 Squares…

‘Urban Props and Accessories’ Pinterest board to inspire you

‘Urban Props and Accessories’ Pinterest board to inspire you

A common question I get asked as a photographer is ‘Should I bring any props to my urban portrait session?’ The answer is that you don’t have to if it makes your life easier. However, please consider this: props and accessories highlight your individual style that would make your photographs…

Birmingham events – Library of Birmingham Opening

Birmingham events – Library of Birmingham Opening

So the long-awaited Library of Birmingham finally opened this Tuesday. As we were entering the building I heard a mother’s voice patiently explaining to her kid: ‘You were only three, darling, when they started working on this library…’ To my Russian eye the black cubic carcass of the last year’s…

Brum Street Style Project – Jordie and Mark

Brum Street Style Project – Jordie and Mark

It was John that scouted Jordie and Mark for our Brum Street Style project outside Bullring – while I was figuring out how to photograph them quickly in low evening sun without getting in the way of gazillions of shoppers who kept going in and out of the shopping centre….

Brum Street Style Project – Tom and Emma

Brum Street Style Project – Tom and Emma

Tom and Emma caught our eye as they were strolling  down New Street. All their clothes are from Blue Banana, a shop that used to be in the Pallasades, but closed due to the re-construction. Blue Banana’s Facebook page says that they are re-opening mid-September on New Street opposite Tesco Metro. I liked…