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Picturing Walsall

HarriART seeks inspiration on their hometown's high streets

Comin' and Gooin' © Harriet McDevitt-Smith

This summer while staying in my hometown of Walsall, West Midlands I took part in The Grain Project's Picturing Walsall Photography Competition.

This competition invited local people to look at Walsall's high streets as never before, capturing and celebrating the history and experiences of the places and people on the high street.

My photo, titled Comin' and Gooin' was captured at the entrance of a shopping centre. The mirror effect was achieved by photographing the reflection from an empty shop window looking out onto the high street. It’s surprising what starts to stand out when you get the chance to look twice.

I am delighted and honoured to have been selected as a runner up by a panel of judges from over 400 entries!

The 3 winning entries and 7 runners up photographs will be added to the Historic England Archive as part of the new Picturing High Streets national photography collection.

Picturing Walsall is part of the national Picturing High streets project commissioned by Historic England and delivered by Photoworks, as part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zones Cultural Programme produced in partnership with Heritage Fund UK and Arts Council England


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