Q. How did you get into photography/what is your background?
With the photography aspect it’s hard to say really at first wanted to share the photos of these places with my friends but after a while it become more and more of a hobby I don’t really have a background in photography but I do have one in urban exploration, it’s really an extension of what I used to do as a child. I’m sure most people when they were young had a place near them that always sparked curiosity and fear in them whether it was the “haunted house” at the end of the street or what not. I had this in the form of what was left of the old north riding pauper lunatic asylum in York near where I lived and it’s like I’m extending that part of my life into now, Just this time around I’ve got a camera with me.
Q. How would you describe your style of photography?
I suppose I would describe my style as natural maybe, I don’t edit any of my photos in any way and I just take photos of things I think look interesting or give insight into what the buildings purpose was.
Q. What equipment do you use?
I use a canon 1000D with an 18-55 lens and a p7 lenser torch for light painting when I’m underground (not necessarily photography equipment but to me its just as important)
Q. Who/What has influenced your work?
I can’t really say anyone in particular influences me but I can say what influences me, For me its preserving some memory of the building I suppose you could also say its also like some new style of archaeology possibly. I want to show people what’s inside of the buildings that they may have seen a hundred times and thought “I wonder what it looks like in there” or for the people who say that somewhere is an eyesore and needs knocking down, to show them that these were a workplace for someone a place to meet a place that meant something to someone at one time. You could say to open people’s eyes to what’s around them.
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This Thursday September 22nd at 6/8 Kafe at 6:30pm will be the next Birmingham Loves Photographers Meet Up - this will include a talk by professional photographer Richard Southall
From his website -
“Richard Southall has been an architectural photographer for over 23 years. He specialises in producing photography for the leisure (restaurants, casinos, nightclubs & bars),residential, retail and construction industries. Over recent years, he has undertaken several personal projects which have resulted in book publications.” - Richardsouthall.co.uk
Richard will be doing a talk on his perspective of landscape photography and his influences.
We will also being showing the results of Round 2 of the Portrait Project.
Plus, you’ll be able to have a cup of coffee and a chat with local photographers - This event is open to everyone, come and say hello!
For more information on Richard Southall -
Richard also does a number of workshops for the Birmingham branch of Camulet - find out more information here -
Fotofilia Gallery in Birmingham will be exhibiting a series of photos taken by Nigal Goodship that were taken to document the making of urban-life film ‘Broken Souls’.
Broken Souls has been described by its Director Daniel Anderson as “about the lifestyle of being on the streets of Birmingham, being in a gang, fitting those stereotypical roles of black people and ending up as a homeless person.” (taken from Birmingham Post)
Nigal’s work will be shown from 5th-28th October at Fotofilia, which is located on Regent Parade in the Jewellery Quarter; For opening times head to Fotofilia’s website.
For more information on Nigal Goodship head to Nigalgoodship.com