It’s easy to imagine what a city looks like at night. From a distance, block buildings stand tall and dark, small yellow squares blinking on and off every so often. Lamposts mark a path through buildings and motorways, vehicle headlights moving slowly on the far-off trail of tarmac. Small dots of mustard yellows and blaring whites shine throughout the night, and sometimes you can make out the bright logos of different companies, hung off structures like landmarks. A bright semi-circle of light encompasses the city, as though it lives in its own little snow-globe: its own entity thriving off noise, lumination and sound. Usually, this can be said of all cities, no matter how big or small- to some people, this is where they aspire to be. However, to the other batch of people who commute in and out the city on a daily basis, this type of scenery seems drab and dull to say the least. But around Christmas? This description doesn’t fully describe how much a city can glimmer. December is the time of year where each city doubles its appearance in the form of sparkling, glittering decorations. In a weird sense, its a city’s version of ‘glowing-up’.
Although you may not see these kinds of decorations from afar, they definitely make a city shimmer brighter and prouder- it adds some jubilant personality to a city that may appear dull on the surface. Several different types of decorations are hung up across Birmingham at the moment, from Christmas tree street lights to intricate statues like the one presented below. All of them boast a variety of different festive colours, and although some are clones of one decoration in particular, thousands admire them as they shop or commute through the city…
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. These pictures were particularly hard for me, so if you have any advice on how to take pictures in different lightings or how to edit them, please post them in the commments below. It’d really help me out 🙂 For now, I hope you enjoy spontaneous pictures!
(All pictures are taken with Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and edited with the free version of Photoshop Express.)