Moltonia 04 – Ed Wakefield @ FRAME_

FRAME_birmingham hosts 40 artists in 30 venues throughout Birmingham for 3 months. Works are exhibited in white frames in places we already go; cafes, bars, shops including Urban Outfitters. One of the artists being exhibited is Ed Wakefield, a Birmingham collage artist, in Birmingham Cathedral. Moltonia, 2012, Ed Wakefield Ed Wakefield’s obsession with collage, posting daily on his website, has meant he has created this new world. One part of this world, Moltonia, is currently being exhibited with Project_FRAME at Birmingham Cathedral. An odd location in respects that this piece has scientific connotations; however, the belief of an afterlife is … Continue reading Moltonia 04 – Ed Wakefield @ FRAME_


Studies show that between 2006 and 2007 8740 households in the West Midlands were classified as homeless. My photographic project ‘Street Homes’ looks at the open space in which the rough sleepers of Coventry inhibit.   Although it is not illegal to be ‘homeless’, it is illegal to sleep on the streets and beg. Thus, the Police ‘move-on’ the street sleepers. I have photographed where I know the rough sleepers have sat and slept throughout their homelessness.   You and I live lives where we sleep in a warm bed, eat hot dinners and have our home comforts. However, a … Continue reading Presentation_Synopsis

Evaluating Street Homes

So I have come to the end of Placing Photographic Practice in Context. I have done my own directed research into the Site of Hillfields; looking at the Policing and what Hillfields today is now recognised for. It was when I came across new plans from Whitefriars to build a rough sleepers hostel in Hillfields that I directed my research onto this area. Getting in contact with Cyrenians with Helen Fairhurst whom gave me information about the charity and some real stories; moving then to the capable hands of Karen from Norton House, the rough sleepers HQ for Cyrenians. She … Continue reading Evaluating Street Homes

Outside Exhibition

I photographed the print when I at the location to see the size and scale of what it would be like. From this I have Photoshopped the collection in. Although the blue line is neither the print I would now use, nor is it the beginning image, it has helped tremendously having this guide.   Like I said, I decided to use this space because on Sundays this is where the homeless and vulnerable line up for a food bag from Anesis. This space is used by this community and the general public. It is set to decorate and inform … Continue reading Outside Exhibition


I got my film processed today and selected the reshoots: although some were not as successful as I had maybe hoped. I have made the decision changing some of the images around from digital to 35mm colour film. I have selected these images to be changed. I prefer the aesthetics of the film and the colour. I think film makes me work more slowly and more precisely. Although, unfortunately, I do have now a print I am not going to be using for my final image, it is certainly similar and has given me the ability to place it as … Continue reading Film

Hopeful Day

I’ve decided that since working with film for my personal work recently, I’ve been more complacent with digital. Thus, although I have a digital photo printed for the scale of the work in the site I would like it exhibited, I today have reshot some of my images on 35mm colour film. On my way to one of my locations I noticed Matthew sat again, I caught his eye and he asked me over. He asked me how my day was and I returned the favour for him to tell me “today could be my lucky day”. He told me … Continue reading Hopeful Day


Studies show that 2006/2007 rates of homelessness in the West Midlands reached 8,740 households.   I have sent off one of my images to print and mount at 60cm/60cm. I wanted the size to be big enough for a passer by to notice the photograph. I would like them to possible run as tiles on the floor, or perched onto public walls, benches etc. However, until I have the print all ready, I cannot experiment further yet. Also today I reshot the steps outside the register office where two street sleepers go at night. Although I said I wanted … Continue reading Progress


After deciding I wanted to make a photobook out of an artefact, a Sainsbury’s bag, I gave it a trial run. I used and iron to melt the plastic bag together to make a thicker page for the images to be stuck to. Some of the bags I over melted so that the size and shapes are different. I haven’t printed out any of the actual images because I wanted to see how the book would feel as a test. However, I feel that it is really flimsy and doesn’t give enough credit to what the cause is. I am … Continue reading Photobook


So, deciding I want to make a small Photobook, I have decided I want around ten images to present my work with. Having already rejected images I have taken either by deciding they are too generic or displeasing to the eye I’ve opened up 27 images in Bridge.   From these I rejected and starred images. Originally I chose these images and this ordering: I chose to fit them together with the lines of the pavement, or cracks etc. However, leaving the ordering a day to come back to, I have not only decided that some of the images are … Continue reading Narrowing

Sidewalks: Conflict and Negotiation

“What do we want from a sidewalk? Various observers argue that public spaces are becoming less democratic, and they point to the historic uses for public places to underscore their argument. Fewer explain the ways that people use sidewalks in cities now and the role that sidewalks play in contemporary urban life. In 1961, Jane Jacobs called sidewalks “the main public places of the city” and “its most vital organs.” For Jacobs, sidewalks were active sites of socialisation and pleasure, and this social interaction kept neighbourhoods safe and controlled.   Sidewalks : Conflict and Negotiation over Public Space Loukaitou-Sideris, Anastasia Ehrenfeucht, Renia   For the average … Continue reading Sidewalks: Conflict and Negotiation