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Ballet in Brum

By dudler
An early outing with Joceline - I'd seen this large open area between the main line between Wolverhampton and Birmingham (visible on the left) and the overhead section of the M5 just south of West Bromwich for 16 years on the train going to work. On the August Bank Holiday after I stopped commuting to Coventry, I arranged to take pictures there. It's now used as a lorry park, I believe, so it isn't a great big open space any more.

Closing the triangle is the remains of the old Chance Optical Glass Works, still awaiting redevelopment. I'm probably not the only person whose first filter wasn't B+W or Hoya but British-made by Chance.

Enough information? I've written a blog about giving the right information with your pictures when you post. But your idea of the right information may be different...

Above, I said arranged: not just with Joceline, but with the owner - I got a 'phone number from someone at the Glassworks, which housed a few businesses at the time. Apparently, the area was in demand for professional night-time shoots with cars, and turning up during the day meant we got friendly visits both from security and the owner. WE also got attention from the crews of two motorway maintenance wagons (who decided to have a lunch break (visible top centre), the driver of a broken down car transporter, and a wave from the police (who stopped by the transporter). Amazingly, we didn't get any visits from the local Panda cars...


Tags: Architecture Railway line M5 Joceline brooke-hamilton Film Friday en pointe Smethwick Flyover Chance Optical Glass Works

Voters: mj.king, mrswoolybill, DaveRyder and 55 more

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Great information with this post! Adds plenty of interest to an already enigmatic image.
That's amazing
And hopefully you didn't cause any accidents on the road bridge above!
Colin Smile
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1814 England
5 Feb 2021 8:48AM
Not really visible to drivers, unless they stopped...

Though the maintenance crews made up for it, sadly.
Alfie_P Plus
13 927 2 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2021 9:08AM
Love this image John🏆,
Mod attempt at 70's look& feel

ZenTony Plus
5 4 1 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2021 9:24AM
I love the dynamic here John between the sublime beauty and delicacy of Joceline and the brutal background.
5 Feb 2021 9:52AM
A smashing contrasting shot, JohnSmile

pablophotographer 9 1.8k 399
5 Feb 2021 10:15AM
I would not be surprised if this was shot for the purposes of an advertorial campaign. And before you think "Diesel, only the brave" I would like to remind you of a brand of denim clothes called "Jesus Jrans" and the cheeky picture shot by Olieviero Toscani supported by the slogan "who loves me follows me"...

dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1814 England
5 Feb 2021 11:02AM
I'd be really surprised if I'd shot it for an advertorial! For me, diesel goes into the tank of a lorry, and Jesus wore robes, not jeans...

Irishkate Plus
10 44 119 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2021 11:59AM
No police on points duty?
mac Plus
19 11 Scotland
5 Feb 2021 1:46PM
I had to look at the calendar, to see it was Friday, I thought it was Shadow Saturday! It must be an inaccessible area, with all these brick walls graffiti free. A great pose in contrast to the waste ground around her.
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2021 5:22PM
A terrific pose - on points - and interesting capture
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
5 Feb 2021 5:58PM
Unique moment in time John, ( when I first noticed your photography and Joss !!! my award.
5 Feb 2021 6:39PM
a fine image
please, see mod 2
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2377 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2021 9:23PM
In answer to your query - various thoughts come to mind. Having Joss move towards the left side of the frame - that rejects the upbeat, positive, forward-looking feel of rightward movement; it's counter-intuitive so it makes us think much harder. It suggests memories, introspection, regrets. That goes with the down-turned face and closed eyes. It's just the shadow, the illusion, that pulls to the right. And beyond that, emptiness.
I'd like a wee bit more space at the top. That's a minor point.
I do like Leo's mod.
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1814 England
5 Feb 2021 10:01PM
Thank you, Moira - and yes, Leo has caught the mood perfectly!
Outstanding image, Superbly photographed, John.
6 Feb 2021 4:13PM
Good to be able to do a photo like this in an outdoor urban space, John...and be uninterrupted.


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