Take a walk on the Brum side
With a passion for photography and early morning walks through the deserted streets of Birmingham, Barques director Scott Heeks shares some of his favourite places to catch the morning sun whilst also offering up his top tips for where to find those gorgeous, Instagram-worthy photos.
The library in Centenary Square or Selfridges button-covered exterior are a photographer’s dream. The angular, intricate facade of the library sparkles in the early morning sun like a jewel. By contrast, the shiny, metallic curves of the famous Selfridges building are transformed into something otherworldly at sunrise. They’re magical places to experience the city at contrasting times of the day.
Digbeth has a quiet confident charm that I love. By day, the roadworks and deserted streets frame this exciting outdoor gallery filled with self-expression and empowered street art. Every corner tells a story and every street has a picture to show. Then, when the sun goes down, turn up the ISO and head for the transformed warehouses and bars for some serious people watching and beer drinking.
Gas St. Basin provides a mirror-like vista glistening in the morning sun, reflecting everything within its darkened waters. I love how the view across the water comes to life as the sun rises behind the Cube reflecting the sky and the boats.
If I’m in the mood for sculpture and ice cream I like to head to Millennium Point. There’s a real frenzy about the place at the moment due to the Curzon Street station development but it’s still a great spot to head to to find that special light. There are three metal sculptures that sit on the steps between The Emporium building and Millennium Point that create interest and long textured shadows to explore. I also like the Signal Box Café kiosk that basks in the sun prior to opening up for the day - perfect for grabbing coffee or something sweeter.
Finally, St Pauls Square is a gorgeous calming place to be first thing in the morning. There are always so many great angles, textures and contrasts to explore from just sitting on the benches as the world goes by or up close and personal with this icon within the city. After I’ve contemplated and relaxed then it’s time to it’s time to grab a brew and some shades for the short walk down Ludgate Hill to Barques HQ.