What: Photographs by Neal Martin Williams
Where: The Old Print Works, 506 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Bham
When: From Sunday 10th June until 22 June
From our arts staff
This week end sees the second chance to take a look at Birmingham through the eye of a photographer who still uses black and white neg film to grab angular and offbeat images of the city.
With the continual flood of digi-pix and mobile snaps, this craft is fast disappearing. It’s too demanding, composed by skills not taught any more., caught in a world of bleary insta-pictures. But to see the city this way allows you to view the urban area in shades of black and shades of white.
Neal Martin Williams’ exhibition will run for the next fortnight. And what makes his pictures stand out is that many of the scenes are sometimes vaguely recognisable, almost dream-like as his monochrome eye finds angles and perspectives that allows you to look twice before identifying it.
‘My photographs are not intended to be pretty pictures.’ he explains. ‘ They should have a depth, a quality… that draws you back to look again’
His work includes big sweeping views, small takes on people and near-geometric images of the city parks like this one:
And how about this, a monolithic image of the city centre:
And a dog and a friend watching a St Patrick’s Day parade:
Williams said: ‘I’m very excited to be holding my second exhibition at the Old Print Works.The building oozes an atmosphere of post industrial decline in contrast with the often rather stark and clinical setting of many art galleries.’