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I met members of the RPS Travel Group this weekend (october 16th 2022) who I found to be great people. I enjoyed their company.
Kath, their Chair had invited me to lead a Ginko Photowalk during their Conference Weekend at Conference Aston
We walked from Aston to the Custard Factory. I got the idea they all enjoyed themselves. I did

Over the years I have visited Birmingham many times, and used to shoot a lot of family portraits there.

I featured the image above, of the heritage building squeezed between modern architecture of today, because it made me think of ‘future heritage’ and what architecture it is we value.

I took the image during the Ginko Photowalk that the Royal Photographic Society Travel Group had commissioned me to lead for them. I took them from Conference Aston to The Custard Factory, and during the dérive we got lost as all dérive flâneurs should. When we allow ourselves to accept being lost is in being in the place we want to be, then the way we see things change. Sometimes, when I embrace being lost I see things for the first time from the heart rather than the brain. Seeing from the heart is something I am spending a lot of time thinking about at the moment.

We came across the site of the HS2 Curzon Street Station and I pondered about Heritage from the past, present and future.

I chose the featured image of the new and the old architecture photographed through the chained gate because I feel humanity feels a need to redesign, but at the same time wants to retain it’s heritage. I guess this is nothing new. The image below shows my photograph of the old Curzon Street Station which is being retained during the current redesign. The station was designed by architect Philip Hardwich in the style of ancient Roman architecture. It was opened in 1838 and is in New Canal Street Birmingham.

Curzon Street Station in 2022 ©Wall, 2022

I really enjoyed my weekend in Birmingham with RPS Travel.

More posts to follow from the event ………..

When I take a photograph that really interests me I often write a little haiku. I write them in three lines of 5/7/5 syllables. They do not have to rhyme, they do not have to describe the photograph, they are simply what the image led me to write. I only allow myself 60 seconds to write it. It is about being in the moment of seeing the photograph, just as my photographs are made in the moment of seeing.

In a haiku world a ginko is a walk through nature observing

and as I ginko I make images of the things I notice

I then write a haiku in a moment as a response the images I make, that makes me stop to think

Finally I blog here about what the image and haiku make me think about

© Stewart Wall 2022

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