Britain from the Air Birmingham pictures updated to show changing city centre

Author: Stacey BarnfieldPublished:

Popular street photography exhibition Britain from the Air has been updated with new aerial images of Birmingham to how much the skyline has changed in recent weeks.

Britain from the Air features almost 100 amazing aerial photographs on giant display boards and is on show for free in the city centre to give added appeal for summer shoppers and tourists.

The exhibition has proven to be so popular it is being kept on display in Birmingham city centre until September 11 to give more people an opportunity to see the breath-taking images.

Britain from the Air: thought-provoking landscapes

The exhibition, free to the public and accessible 24 hours a day, is being displayed along New Street, Corporation Street, High Street, Temple Row and New Street rail station.

Britain from the Air showcases thought-provoking landscapes and explores the forces that shaped them with informative captions, facts and a family-friendly trail.

The Birmingham Mail covered the exhibition in print and online

The Birmingham Mail covered the exhibition in print and online

Realising certain parts of the city centre have changed considerably in recent months Britain from the Air organisers commissioned new aerial photography to feature in this summer’s display.

The new photographs, taken by aerial photography experts Above All Images during some of the clearest days of the year, show Central Library almost completely demolished, the latest construction work on the vast Arena Central site that will soon be home to the new UK headquarters of banking giant HSBC, plus spectacular new panoramas of Grand Central, Rotunda and Bullring.

Birmingham: An evolving city

Britain from the Air is a joint-project between the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and street gallery pioneers Wecommunic8. It is sponsored by Craghoppers outdoor clothing and supported by Retail BID Birmingham, the Business Improvement District for the city centre.

It forms part of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s work to encourage the public to learn more about the UK’s places, environments and people. Its giant images are supported by text, data and maps that describe the dynamic processes that shape our landscapes but are often forgotten about.

Coverage of the exhibition through Birmingham Updates' twitter feed

Coverage of the exhibition through Birmingham Updates’ twitter feed

Retail BID Birmingham played a key role in bringing the exhibition to the city after securing the required sponsorship.

Steve Hewlett, Retail BID manager, said: “These latest images are simply stunning and offer fascinating new views of a city centre that is changing by the day. Despite taking shots back in March the changes have been so drastic we had to re shoot the pictures again at the end of July to reflect this.

“The stand-out for me is the work on Central Library as the new image shows just how quickly the old building is being taken down to be replaced by the Paradise scheme. It also gives a glimpse of the scale of the development.

“We hope the new photographs give the thousands of visitors to Britain from the Air a chance to reflect on how a dynamic, evolving city like Birmingham never stands still.”

Press release by Edwin Ellis Creative Media on behalf of Retail BID Birmingham