I am currently in the process of working on a brand-new website. The design of my new logo is complete (which you'll be able to see right above this post!) and the design and basic 'shell' of my website is also complete. However, I have decided to delay publishing my site for a little longer since as I feel like I haven't been shooting much personal work lately, and so I was starting to feel a little uninspired when choosing images from my portfolio to be displayed on my new site. I have some interesting shoots coming up over the next month or so, and so I thought I would wait until I have a set of images I completely happy with so that I can publish a website I am proud of.
Going through all my 'old' photographs has made me realise once again the importance of working on personal projects, and taking photographs purely for pleasure. While I have a sizeable collection of recent work, these are images that I have shot for other people, so to speak; as well as being a practising photographer, I also work in a university teaching photography, and so I often get asked to photograph various university events, guest speakers, staff head-shots etc. While I enjoy this work, it does not result in my creating photographs that I feel truly represent my own 'vision'.
Sometimes I feel that I get caught up in my general day-to-day activities, and while I am always thinking about ideas for photo-shoots, there are times when I neglect to go out and actually realise those ideas, which has been the case recently. While I have some interesting shoots to look forward to in the coming weeks, I decided to just get out there with my camera this weekend and photograph people in a few areas I know well in South Birmingham, including Kings Heath, where I used to live up until a few months ago. Although I no longer live there, Kings Heath still remains one of my favourite places in Birmingham to just potter about and people-watch, purely because there is such a mix of different types of people - I love it!
Here are a selection of images from this shoot, taken in Kings Heath and the nearby district of Balsall Heath:
|Local man, Balsall Heath - a lively and spirited soul who was|
more than happy to have his picture taken.When I asked if I could
photograph him through his shop window, he told me with a big smile:
"Inside and out...whatever you like!" :)
Local man, Kings Heath - he speaks only Punjabi, but with my limited Hindi
we were able to have a very brief conversation, which was good fun :)
|Steve, Kings Heath. He makes his living asking people for money on the street,|
and has an infectious smile that seems to have won him a lot of friends in the area!