"Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice" is an often quoted fact.... there are just over 100 miles of waterway in and around Birmingham and the Black Country, compared to Venice's 26 miles. I've had the pleasure of cycling many different sections of the canal network, and never tire of the ever-changing landscape that the canals provide... from the picturesque countryside on the Stratford Canal; the spectacular flights of locks at Tardebigge on the Birmingham & Worcester Canal, and at Hatton on the Grand Union Canal; to the concrete and barren stretches which lie underneath Spaghetti Junction.
I thought I'd marry my two passions of cycling the canals and filming, so I headed onto the Birmingham & Worcester Canal at Kings Norton. I've got a new compact camera that fits nicely in a backpack.... no tripods and bulky equipment necessary! I spent a couple of hours capturing the images that struck me and the result is the short film below. I love the mix of edgy urbanises, pretty countryside and peaceful canal life. Hope you enjoy it... and if it encourages anyone onto the canals, so much the better!