Sunday, 20 December 2009

emma little - birmingham, uk

artist emma little has sent in this image...

" I'd just like to say that this image is an homage to the assemblage style sculpture of early avant-garde artists like Picasso. The simple act of improvisation in this image is what I find interesting in this picture, as well as a possible conceptual edge...the Barber Institute? This magnet is in there somewhere...zoom may be required! (p.s. it wasn't my bike!) "

Sunday, 13 December 2009

jen cantwell - inverness, uk

thanks to jen cantwell for...

I live in Inverness, I took these today when I was walking along the Caledonian canal, it was very very icy, all the spiderwebs were frozen. The Caledonian canal cuts through Inverness and i took these right at the end of it where it meets the Beauly Firth.

rich white - london, uk

this one is of the famous victorian bridge over Archway Road (A1) from artist rich white.
click here to see more of rich's work.

Friday, 11 December 2009

susana lopez fernandez - berlin, germany 4

the next instalment of susana lopez fernandez's berliner photofest is in. five images which each give us an architectural insight into her view of a great city and as a precursor, some text from susana and music to set her scene.

"It is difficult to forget that day twenty years ago. Now I know that day was my birthday, I remember my mother crying at home, she was excited, I was not able to understand what was happening, I did not know anything about communism or cold war, I just remember I thought I had to study the capital of Germany again. Later they started to sell fragments of the wall... and so twenty years passed, like a tango, and last monday, 9th of november, again one day before my birthay, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the wall fa

And maybe how Gardel sings "20 aƱos no es nada" ...... and my aim with this project is to study the city of Berlin. I would like to talk through pictures about the integration between the East and the West following German reunification in 1990.

I would like to talk about the integration of these two worlds, about what the consequences of the wall were and what the daily life in the city has been like in the last twenty years. The aim of my projects is to describe through pictures the remains of the eastern Berlin city. I would like to talk through pictures about the two cities I have in my mind: East and West."






emma thackham - liverpool, uk

photographer emma thackham has submitted three images from in and around liverpool's metropolitan cathedral.


scribbled prayer

white gate

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

susana lopez fernandez - berlin, germany 3

the prolific beauty in the city member that is susana lopez fernandez has sent some more berlin images...

mauer 2



iain macleod-brudenell - newark, uk

some surrealist beauty from iain macleod-brudenell

Monday, 7 December 2009

november beauty of the month

selected as the photo of the month for november is "jigs tools & dies" sent in by iris bertz.

kamila szuba - warszawa, poland

the beginning of her beauty odyssey sent in by kamila szuba from warsaw


Sunday, 6 December 2009

susana lopez fernandez - berlin, germany 2

more beauty from berlin, thanks to susana lopez fernandez





helen kenna - bury, uk

domestic beauty from helen kenna in bury

susana lopez fernandez - berlin, germany 1

thanks to susana lopez fernandez for her images of berlin
see more of her work at




Sunday, 29 November 2009

iris bertz - birmingham, uk

thanks to iris bertz for her pictures, taken in and around birmingham's jewellery quarter.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

lester kong - stoke-on-trent, uk 3

thanks to lester kong for this entry from stoke-on-trent

bin night, my back alley

sophie gibson - liverpool, uk

sophie gibson is the first of the new era " urban beauticians" to submit images, a personal insight into her liverpool.

the magnet is placed "on a back door of my old uni"

on a side street wall

"part of the wall we queued against numerous times to see amazing bands at the Liverpool Barfly"

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

what you get when you apply

hey - so when you apply, you'll receive this postcard along with the "there is beauty in the city" magnet, which obviously is designed to stick to metal, but can also be blu-tacked, sellotaped, glued or simply propped to/against any surface within your frame of beauty. just email your name and address to and i'll get a pack sent asap.

we're back - bigger, bolder and more beautiful than ever

hey everyone - where have we been? well...after some months of financial headaches, trauma and despair(!!!) the "there is beauty in the city" project is back, and promising to be more beautiful than ever.

a quick recap...

It is a very simple idea - on the walk I have my camera and my magnets, which say 'THERE IS BEAUTY IN THE CITY' and that is precisely what I am looking for, and I know it when I see it. The only specification for placing the magnets is a metal surface - so as long as there is something to be noticed and a metal surface I can make my intervention - placing the magnet.

The project originates from Stoke-on-Trent, England, by the artist Anna Francis. It is a simple idea, and anyone can join in - so be sure to invite your friends to join: all you need to do is get your hands on one of the magnets, then you go into the city (it doesn't matter which City) and identify areas of the city that you think are beautiful, then simply photograph your magnet in situ, and send the photo in to (Please save the image as a jpg - no more than 2mb).

Come and join in - we look forward to seeing your ideas of beauty!

The original magnet size is 90mm X 52mm - so you can resize this one if you want to or just print it out from here. Join the search for beauty - place your sign, then take a photograph of it - you can email me the results, with your name and where the photograph was taken, and I will add it here.

All submissions will be displayed here on the blog, but we are also investigating other exhibiting possibilities, so watch this space for more news, as well as images of urban beauty.

You can get your magnet by emailing your address to the administrator Glen Stoker at and he will send you one; alternatively, you can download the template from the blog and print out your own 'There is Beauty' Sign: improvise on ways to display it: ideas so far have included taping it to a paintbrush, or using blu tak to stick it somewhere.

Friday, 13 March 2009

colleen bowen - london, uk

Artist Colleen has been out and about with her magnet. Go to her blog to see her other projects.
Here's what she had to say:
"I've been walking round for the last few weeks with a little magnet. You have to find something to stick the magnet to when you uncover your beauteous treasure and snap it.
Old favourites appeared. I looked out of my bedroom window at a Hawksmoor Church for years (before the recent prettifying by English Heritage) so no surprise perhaps that the shabbiness of St Alfege's in Greenwich should attract the magnet.
The delicate elegance of the legs of one of the donkeys posing on Blackheath probably captured my imagination because of London Fashion week. Or maybe the fact that I have always fancied an alternative career as the owner of a fleet of donkeys on a sandy beach.
There's homage too to John's mission to beautify schools across the borough, the detritus from plane trees notwithstanding, with his dry gardens.
And just one of thousands of modest little gardens, this one tucked away at the foot of a block of flats near the Regents Canal, hemmed in by a rusty fence and filled with lovely green hellebores.
There's plenty more beauty in the city. The problem now is I've lost my magnet .'