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The Birmingham Gun Quarter. A Photographic Essay ByBrett.
By Simon Clode
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Tim Wilkes on November 22, 2016 at 8:42 am
Thank you Brett, what a pleasure to view these grand photographs. And thanks too to all the fine craftsmen for allowing us to spy on them for a few moments through Brett's lens.
Quite fascinating. Bravo Birmingham.
David Hodo on November 22, 2016 at 11:04 am
Wow. Real craftsmen. I pray that they are all still working and creating their art!
Boyd Schomaker on November 22, 2016 at 12:29 pm
Something about the untidy work bench that would drive my " everything in it's right place " dad crazy.
But you can see every bench shows how these truly talented craftsman have all "their tools" placed in their mind like a kaleidoscope of colour where we see only a black and white disarray of tools.
The unshaved faces of the artist would never be on a Gillette Ad ! No time for this unnecessary morning activity of a man of gunsmith Birmingham vs a tailor on
Jermyn Street, St James, London.
I am so glad that you did not use color pictures but stuck to the lost art of the black and white photos to show the detail of the artist's face and hands and vise like grips.
plus the depth of the gears on the lathe. etc etc .
WELL DONE !!
Miles Gilbert on November 24, 2016 at 9:40 am
How delightful it is to sit here on this Thanksgiving Day of 2016 and be thankful for those craftsmen whose knowledge and skills, though hard earned, were yet God given. May the British gun trade and especially so Westley Richards, continue to be blessed and thereby bless hunting sportsmen and women for many decades to come.
Somehow B/W film is more appropriate to show the age old working conditions of the crafts and the ancient environs where they occur. My compliments to the photographer and of course to those craftsmen who are carrying on.
Very best regards to all concerned,
Neill on November 24, 2016 at 2:10 pm
An astonishing set of photos, thank you so much for sharing them.
Peter Loam on November 24, 2016 at 2:52 pm
Thank you Brett, an absolutely wonderful set of photographs. A lesson to those among us who know the cost of everything, and the value of nothing.
Chris Buckingham on November 25, 2016 at 4:22 am
Very many thanks for this opportunity of an inside view into this almost extinguished world of craftsmen. The photos in black and white somehow bring out a different quality with deep shadows, and make you imagination work a bit harder, they certainly make you dwell a little longer on each shot, or maybe it is just the excellence and content of the photos. I wonder just how many viewers of these excellent photos will think they are from a bygone era. May Price Street and it's craftsmen live fore ever!
Jay Mason-Burns on April 2, 2017 at 5:30 pm
I'm just in love with the entire feeling behind these photos. It feels like love. These men are making guns, and yet these photos feel like love letters to a forgotten part of Birmingham's history. I'm a distinctly amateur photographer in comparison, I'm learning the ropes, and this has inspired me to look more, look closer and take my time. Thank you so much!!!