Ines Elsa Dalal
A voyage to Israel in October 2011 manifested a fascination in the kaleidoscopic cultures of The Old City, Jerusalem; www.
Within the Palestinian Israeli conflict, it is a daily struggle for either peoples to protect their heritage & sanctuary; here parallels can be made between this project and one a little closer to home: www.moorpool.tumblr.com based in Harborne, Birmingham.
In November 2011 she began to immerse herself in the goings on at Balsall Heath Forum which allowed her to indulge in her keenness for topics ranging from neighbourhood planning to a general observation of the public ignited by her avid interest in social anthropology.
In February 2012 Inès gained the opportunity to develop her PR, publicity, promotional and liaison skills when given the responsibility of publishing press releases for local sports initiative Kingsbridge Community Sports.Sensitive and challenging, the case of corporate greed having a detrimental affect an entire generation of local residents is unfortunately not an uncommon one.
Presently undeterred by unpredictable weather conditions, Inès continues to visit and photograph residents of Moorpool Estate in Harborne.Here she combines portraiture with her signature reportage style in capturing the residents both in their homes and participants in various recreational activities available to them through the states facilities.
The objective of this project is heavily influenced by the Moorpool's fascinating heritage.Inès is so inspired by it's existence that she's determined to preserve both people and place; almost as if to immortalise it in time by creating a both a digital and analogue archive, and in creating this time capsule; reflect on the danger in these activities and homely sentiments being lost to a virtual world, a modernised society.
Locals, community groups and constituency representatives gather from all over Birmingham to listen to and question Councillor John Cotton. Discussion topic: Localism & Devolution Hosted by Paul Slatter at Chamberlain Forum.