Sophomore snapping – Instameet Mk.2
We thought this would be our difficult second album. After the success of our first instameet in January, expectations were riding high from all quarters for our 2nd foray into the social photographic realm.
Any reservations were not necessary, because unlike The Stone Roses' ‘Second Coming’ the event was more of a Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’. To put it in a less convoluted way, it was a resounding triumph!
This time around we decided that street art would make for an interesting subject – both aesthetically and from an interest point of view. Not being too handy with a spray can ourselves and knowing little to nothing of this subject we enlisted the help of some graffiti experts – who better than the guys from City of Colours? – these are the folks who run the fantastic festival of the same name (more about that later).
Karl and Becci from CoC (might not use that acronym again) were our guides for the day and what a fine partnership they made. Karl’s enthusiasm and love for his subject was infectious and he gave a fascinating and knowledgeable insight into the fabulous street art around Digbeth and The Custard Factory. Stencil, stickers, tags, paste ups, rollers, characters - who knew there was such an extensive lexicon in this fascinating world? Karl did, and he explained it all with aplomb – giving us an insight into the artwork, the techniques used and the artists – many of them infamous in the street art world such as Liskbot, RX Skulls, Andy Council, Inkie and Newso. Of course this was only a facet of the event - the primary objective of the day was to photograph and capture the art and over 60 aspiring and established photographers, bloggers and social media practitioners turned up to do just that. ..
To date we have had over 850 posts well 851! But that’s still correct! – check them out here y’all instagram.com/explore/tags/BrumMeetApril11/.
I absolutely relish the Instameets - I think the beauty of them is their simplicity - a great bunch of creative people come together and take a leisurely stroll, learning about the city they live in (or in some cases not) and doing one of the things they love the most – taking photos. What could be a better way to spend a morning? I ask you.
The sun was also shining – a blessing as when I first awoke and looked out my window it was like a scene from White Squall – phew eee. Wipes sweat/rain from brow.
What an inspiring day and now, no spring chicken myself, a great way to get down with the kids, next time I’m in the Digbeth area I can look ‘street’ with my newfound knowledge.
Now Becci and Karl have the enviable task of whittling down the 850+ 1 entries to just 3. We wish them godspeed and good luck with that! We will of course publish the results once they have been whittled. Lucky winners could win Electric Cinema tickets, dinner at Alfie Birds or CBSO tickets. Nice.
In fact 10 photos in all will be shortlisted from this and each of our future instameets for the potential to be featured within the ‘More Birmingham Instagram Showcase’ taking place at the Ikon Gallery 28th – 29th November. Nicer.
Of course after the meet is over it would have been rude not to celebrate the day with a pint at the fantastic Old Crown – the oldest pub in town (dating from 1368 fact fans!), and now with a revitalised courtyard which itself has been spruced with some fantastic street art.
City of Colours - Birmingham Street Festival – 12 September
Last year the inaugural City of Colours festival was a big success and gained a lot of recognition. This year the event looks set to build on that – bringing together over 100 street artists who will transform the streets of Digbeth once again with live painting, music, b boys and beat box battles, cinema screenings & more. This year (and knowing that the expertise of Becci and Karl are behind this event) I will definitely be there, I’m working on my tag as we speak (*see below).
If you can’t wait that long, City of Colours run tours every Saturday from the Custard Factory see here to book.
Our next instameet also promises to be a doozy – yep we’re exploring Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces! To book your place you know the drill - RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Needs some work.
Take a look at the winning images here!
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