Always Forward

Birmingham, known as the second city, is located in the Midlands. The city has a population of 1.145 million. Birmingham played a crucial role in the industrial revolution. Heavy metal was born here. It is the city my grandparents made their home when they emigrated from Cyprus to the UK.

I didn’t grow up here but I now live here and spend much of my time in the city, much of that time wandering with a camera. The city is constantly in flux, a network of interactions and layers, the seemingly static streets and architecture, the interplay between the natural and the built environment and the people that navigate it . In the roughly two years making these photographs, I didn’t look to understand or survey the city, only to make some personal record of my wanderings in my city. What I found while reflecting on these images were complex layers of themes and subjects. These photographs, the last of which were made in early 2020, prior to the onset of the global pandemic, seem now to take on a different role as a document of another time.