Sparkhill, Sparkbrook and Springfield – 03/08/11

I took another walk along the north half today and met some interesting people, some of which said yes.

Khan’s red beard caught my eye today and he was happy to allow a photo after unloading some understandable Job Centre frustration onto me. He’d worked at Rover for 25 years until the company collapsed and has struggled to find work since, partly due to literacy issues. Khan was able to take a positive spin on the situation though saying he’d had a reasonable life of work and the jobs should go to the younger unemployed. [644]

Hina immediately reached for my camera as I approached her mum to ask for a portrait, she politely declined but nominated her more-than willing daughter. I gave Hina the camera but I couldn’t quite explain how to use it as she kept closing her eye for the viewfinder. Anyway she was super-smiley for her photo but I quite liked this one instead. [416]

Rachel approached me whilst I was talking to Hina and asked about what I was doing so I explained the project and she was keen for a photo. Rachel has been working as a prostitute since her children were taken into care during their father’s drug addiction and their relationship breakdown. The children are now with Rachel’s mother but today a low-money situation prompted a day-shift rather than the preferred night-shift. Rachel was happy for me to print these details. [416]

Eesa was getting to the end of a haircut and was nominated by the barber to have his photo taken and he agreed after a little encouragement. Eesa works in a city gym and has always been in Birmingham but originally some the north side in Handsworth. [166]

Sam, aiming to run a business, had just finished term on a college plumbing course for the summer break. He moved up from London to be with his partner and child but will be tolerating agency work until the next academic year. [837]

Also on flickr.

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About Rob Gilbert

Civil engineer and amateur photographer.
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One Response to Sparkhill, Sparkbrook and Springfield – 03/08/11

  1. M. Yusuf says:

    You can find Khan at the local William Hill bookies on the Stratford Road.

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