Practice Progress – A Shoot: Gilder’s Yard

MA in Photography, Falmouth University, Module 4, Sustainable Prospects; Week Two

My own image making made another step towards gathering the buildings of Birmingham and the environs in my documentary body of work known as Pause under the Fermata Methodology.

This project, Gilder’s Yard, is on the fringes of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. I was able to do a decent level of work before making carrying out the shoot.  I read about the history as a toy maker, which in 1911 developed the site and created a buiding that is now Grade 2* listed.  Toys were ‘gentlemens’ clothing accessories’ such as buttons and cufflinks.   Joseph Ashford started manufacturing on the site in 1842.  Gilding refers to the plating that was undertaken to finish the products.  The building has been empty and void of manufacturing for some time and along with adjacent buildings has been assembled in readiness for a private rental project by a property developer.

The following are extracts from the shoot.

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