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Category: Tea Stained Photo Journal

Tea-Stained Photo Journal: Blue Skies and Brick Walls

It’s been just over a month since Jordan and I were in Ghent. Looking back on it now, it almost seems unreal. We were lucky enough to see the city on three of its brightest days, canal waters sparkling and flowers blossoming. The day we spent cycling around cobble road streets snapping shots of blue Read More

Tea Stained Photo Journal: Ikon’s Floating Boats

One of my favourite places to be in Birmingham is Bridleyplace. This is the area that surrounds part of the Birmingham Canals, a microcosm of its own modern making. Here you can find countless shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes. And although it may seem strange, a cinema hides in the corner of The Mailbox as Read More

Tea-Stained Photo Journal: Tipsy Pancakes

Forget Pancake Day- at Jekyll & Hyde’s, it’s Pancake Week! Part of Bitters N Twisted’s range of independent bars, this establishment is popular for its variety of alcohol and hypnotising interior design. In the centre of the Colmore Business District in Birmingham, this boozy bar boasts some beautiful Victorian interior design. Moody, clay coloured walls Read More

Tea-Stained Photo Journal: Birmingham’s Dazzling Chinese New Year Celebrations

We’re a five-minute walk away when we first hear the drums. It echoes intensely down the street, the sound of a quickening heartbeat. We walk faster just in time to see vibrant dragon tails dancing through the entrance of The Arcadian. They wriggle through the entrance in time to the music, enlarging crowds following close Read More

Tea-Stained Photo Journal: A Frosty Time Capsule

Winter scintillates. Everything is covered in a dusting of ammil, everything is locked in time. Snowflakes press onto windows, and tiny, furry fingers of frost stretch out from leaves, car bonnets, lampposts. The sound of crunching footsteps and the harsh, slap of cold on skin makes everything seem clear and real. Because let’s face it: Read More

Tea-Stained Photo Journal: The Calm of the Forest

A variety of different shades of green blur past the car window. The tarmac is a shock to the eye next to the soft, tenebrous colours of dirt. Hundreds of trees stand tall- it’s all you can see for miles. Kieran and I have driven past this otherworldly dimension of nature several times before on Read More

Tea-Stained Photo Journal: Cliff Faces and Rock Groynes

The fresh, steady breathing of the sea scraping on pebbles. The scent of salt and unbedded seaweed. Running your hand over eroded handrails and dusty cliff edges. It’s a cold winter day as I walk down the cracked promenade of Sidmouth, a small coastal town in Devon. I’m only here for a weekend to visit Read More

Tea-Stained Photo Journal: The Cultural Aspects of a British Christmas

Christmas is celebrated in a different way in every country: in Egypt, Christmas day is on the 7th of January, served with a hearty helping of lamb soup. In Costa Rica, tropical flowers are used to decorate houses instead of lights; and in France, a few drops of wine are spilt onto a yule log Read More

Tea-Stained Photo Journal: Christmas Lights in the City

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 Read More

Tea-Stained Photo Journal: Trail to the Train Tracks

I’ve always found train tracks to be very calming. They shouldn’t be really- I consider crossing train tracks the equivalent to standing at the edge of a cliff: one wrong step and you could be dead. Yet in most cases, train tracks tend to be surrounded by nature that (if you’re like me and barely Read More

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