digbeth, birmingham - june 2019

Rain, rain go away. Come again another day.

Rain, rain go away. Come again another day.

My goal?: Explore a bit more of Birmingham. Specifically, the old Bird’s Custard Factory which is located in Digbeth. The result: Due to weather conditions, expectations had to be lowered.

That said, I did manage a good walk around of city centre. And hey… It just gives me another reason to do it all over again. #DeliberatePractice


City Centre

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Victoria Square

Victoria Square is a pedestrianised public square in Birmingham, England. The square is often considered to be the centre of Birmingham, and is the point from where local road sign distances are measured. The square was formerly known as Council House Square, and had a tramway running through it. It was renamed on 10 January 1901, to honour Queen Victoria.
— Wikipedia
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Queen Victoria by Thomas Brock

Queen Victoria by Thomas Brock

The Knife Angel sculpture stands 27 ft. tall. It is made from over 100,000 sharp metal objects. The purpose is to raise awareness for the increasing rate of knife crime in the United Kingdom.

Entry to the Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum

Entry to the Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum


Digbeth

It was a lovely overcast day until it wasn’t. The heavens opened with a fierce and torrential downpour. Not ideal. After a while, I had to put away my SLR. The whole reason for making the journey to Digbeth was dampened. Instead, I used my iPhone and decided to make the best out of a very wet situation.

Floodgate Street

Floodgate Street

Homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat

Homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat

Moore’s Street

Moore’s Street

Milk Street

Milk Street

grand mosque, abu dhabi - april 2019

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes.
— Marcel Proust
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I’m learning the art of constructing a travel blog. Descriptions should be clear and concise. The purpose of the article should remain the same throughout. No rambling or extra words. Proper grammar is mandatory. However, I often discover errors weeks after publishing (Sorry, Mum).

And then there are the photographs. This is the real crème de la crème of the blog (Also, avoid cliche expressions. Oops). What is the perfect number of pictures to upload? How will the layout look on a desktop vs. mobile?

Lastly, image layout is very very crucial. A visual story needs to be told. There should be a beginning, middle and end. Multiple subtitles and explanations shouldn’t be required. Remember, the viewer hasn’t necessarily visited this landmark or city. Start big and go small, establish the landscape and then focus on the detail. And in my opinion, always try to end with a noteworthy photograph.

First Up: Establishing the Landscape

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Next Steps: Details

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The Finishing Touches: A Memorable Conclusion

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