It's been an amazing year for me. So many doors have opened because of my photos of Birmingham. It reinforces the notion that good things can only come from a places of passion, honesty, positivity and truth, and it's great to see that Birmingham is getting the recognition it deserves. It's a great city to live in!
Just wanted to use the end of this blog to thanks some of the amazing people and organisations who have promoted and supported me over the last year;
Brumpic - For always sharing my work, and encouraging me. It's ran by two brilliant people who have bought me numerous Gin & Tonics (thank you)! It was amazing to see the website go live and watch it grow. I hope 2015 is even better for the Brumpic team.
Birmingham Updates - For endless shares, encouragement and to Luke for being a stunningly awesome guy, always ready with a kind word. One of Birmingham's finest sons.
#BrumHour - Such a great resource for Birmingham based *anything*. Again, someone who has supported, shared, encouraged and generally been amazing to me.
I Choose Birmingham - If you're Birmingham based and you're not subscribed to "I Choose Birmingham" you're missing out. Legendary e-magazine that brings the best of Brum to your inbox every week (one of the first places to feature my work, and kinda started this whole roller coaster year. Thanks Tom Cullen, you superstar!)
Impact Hub Birmingham - My Birmingham family. Doing amazing things, and set to be an great resource for the city. Currently embroiled in a Kickstarter campaign with some of the rewards involving photo workshops with yours truly. Have a look, pledge if you can - Impact Hub Birmingham Kickstarter
Independent Birmingham - Another great Brum based organisation that has faith in my work and is doing amazing things for the independent scene!
SomeCities - It was an honour to be part of the SomeCities 'Our City' exhibition earlier this year. Great organisation that has done and is doing great things for photography in the city.
Created in Birmingham - Great blog that is always worth a read for things going on in and around Brum. Huge thanks to the lovely Rob Green wrote an article about me for the blog earlier this year. Rob, I still owe you pint!
Birmingham Mail - For featuring my work in a double page spread. That was a pretty awesome moment!
BBC WM - For having my on the radio to talk about my work, and for sharing it whenever they could. Although, they're still not quite forgiven for making me talk to camera at 7:30am ;)
Thanks also to all the people who have RT'd, Faved, Liked, Shared and Commented on my images over on Twitter and Facebook. Hopefully I thanked you at the time, if not, my apologies, I can get a little forgetful at times. I'm truly grateful.
Also, check out these brilliant Birmingham based photographers who have inspired me over the last year:
Tim Cornbill - Trail blazing Brum photographer. All round awesome guy. It's always a pleasure to chat with Tim, and I would like to thank him for constantly inventing brilliant hashtags, including #brumrise and #brumset.
George Daley - George has an amazing eye for lines in architecture. His black and white work is particularly brilliant, and it's always a joy to see his latest discoveries pop up on Instagram.
Barbara Gibson & Marta Kochanek - Magnificent portrait work. Stunning aesthetics, bringing a different perspective of the city. Makes me jaw drop every time. Haven't had the pleasure of meeting the women behind the work, but it's great to see other women photographers in the city doing their thing and making brilliant art.
Ross Jukes - Another Brum based photographer out there doing his thing, showing off the city. Over the year Ross has just gone from strength to strength. I chased after him one Saturday to say 'hello', always good to bump into another photographer, especially when it's sunrise and they're carrying a Fujifilm!
52 Weeks in Brum - Great project from a lovely guy, trying to capture a different aspect of the city for each week of the year. Also, he was kind enough to offer me a camera when I managed to smash mine. Still bowled over by that act of kindness.
IGersBirmingham - Less a person, more an instragram account, run by McGoogle (I'm not sure of his real name, but I know that he's a Scot, which makes him awesome, not that I'm biased). Great place to look for other brilliant Brum based photographers.
My final thanks goes to my wife-to-be (I swear we are organising a wedding, we're just going for a reallllllly long engagement), who supports me, gets up early, facilitates my randomness, helps calm me down when I'm being ridiculous, reminds me that being a champion for someone is way better than being an opponent, and for buying pretty much every copy of the Birmingham Mail that I was featured in. Without Rachel there to share in all this, none of it would really mean anything.
If I've missed anyone, really sorry. You can yell at me in the comments if you like (although I'm a girl and I will cry).
I'm hoping that 2015 will signal a change from 2014. More collaboration, more projects rather than single images, more helping other creatives. So, if you want to collaborate, if you need my help, or you just want to have a chat, get in touch, I'd absolutely love to talk with you, especially if you're a female photographer, because there has got to be some more of us out there...
Thanks for the amazing year, Birmingham!