Up the road from the bleak, crowded streets of Digbeth in the centre of Birmingham, lies a hidden, vibrant district to the wondering tourist: The Custard Factory. A renovated Victorian industrial business unit littered in artistic graffiti, it’s now the venue for the latest digital and creative district. Even on a dull day, the lively, mood-lifting atmosphere paired with the bustle of the adjoining Lower Trinity Street, create its own little world, ignorant of the rough streets of Digbeth. Since opening to the public in the 1990s, almost every wall or shop boasts a new, bright colour around this area, with apartments and offices cascading above them, oval balconies outstretched, and a small fountain below which mirrors the sparkling fairy lights hanging between the buildings. The scent of fresh food often floats amidst the 15-acre complex, with the sound of trickling water from the fountain or the quiet conversations of passer-by’s being the only way to break you of a delectable trance.
Many different events take place in this covert section of Birmingham, from either the small tunnel entrance on Floodgate Street or the wide alleyway entrance on Gibb Street. Within this neighbourhood it’s easy to find the latest movie releases from the Mockingbird Cinema by the Custard Factory Reception, or fresh food from the Digbeth Dining Club meet-up around the corner, with pop up stalls from well-known vendors such as the Original Patty Men (providing juicy beef burgers) or Baked In Brick (who sell crisp pizzas almost every minute from the mouths of their stone ovens). From art studios to virtual reality gaming experiences, The Custard Factory truly is the slither of heavenly light shining through the murky clouds of Digbeth.
Disclaimer: I’m not the best photographer (yet!), but I’m hoping that with the following Tea-Stained Photo Journals (TSPJ) I can practice my skills in both photography and editing so that I can eventually look back on such blog posts to see my improvements over time. For now, I hope you enjoy spontaneous pictures!
(All pictures are taken with Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and edited with Adobe Photoshop Express.)