What is Verve?
Verve is a four day festival of world class poetry and spoken word, with readings, performances, workshops, children's events and more in the heart of Birmingham city centre.
What did they say?
"Thom Bartley is an outstanding photographer and a downright ace guy to work with. Down to earth, friendly and professional, he tirelessly captured four days of our arts festival and blended right in without much creative direction. We just trusted him to crack on, which he absolutely did. Plus, his turnaround and range of photographs were even better than we could have imagined and we're so delighted. Work with him, now."
- Cynthia Miller - Verve Poetry Festival Co-Founder
What is TEDx?
A TEDx event is a local gathering where live TED-like talks and videos previously recorded at TED conferences are shared with the community. TEDxevents are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.
Photographs here are from TEDxBrum, TEDxSkoll, TEDxYouth@Brum and TEDxWolverhampton.
What is Birmingham Design Festival?
Birmingham Design Festival is a celebration of the local, national and international design industry held over three days in June.
What did they say?
"As always a pleasure to work with Thom, who energetically captured the festival and took the time to fully immerse himself in the work and understand the audience. We were left with beautiful photos that will support us well as we look to promote the festival over the next few years."
- Daniel Alcorn - Co-Founder and Director of Birmingham Design Festival
Portrait shoot with Molly Owen.
What is the University of Birmingham School?
Drawing upon their partnership with the University of Birmingham and their world-leading research and best-practice resources, they focus on learning without limits, and combining their own diverse experience in education, they're setting an example of what’s truly possible for secondary school education – one that gives character development as much attention as academic success.
What did they say?
“We love working with Thom at UoBSchool. He’s friendly and approachable, instantly putting our different stakeholders at ease, whether he’s photographing or filming them. What we enjoy most about working with Thom is that he takes time to really understand the brief, and as a result he always produces beautiful work the first time round.”
What is Bright Minds?
Bright Minds Daycare is a first-class, innovative childcare group focused on the development & learning of aspiring young minds through their early years based in Edgbaston, Birmingham.
What is Aviar?
Based in Walsall, the home of saddle making, Aviar Saddles use traditional craftsmanship combined with innovative modern technology to revolutionise the saddle from the ground up.
What is Impact Hub Birmingham?
Impact Hub Birmingham is a collaborative workspace, event space, systems change laboratory and home to a community of changemakers based in Digbeth, Birmingham.
What they said.
“easily the best photographer I’ve worked with, sometimes I need him to do quick events at short notice with fast turn around, other times long term stuff. Always makes my life a lot easier & that matters. Also cares about making you feel comfortable.”
- Immy Kaur - Founder & Director - Impact Hub Birmingham
Portrait shoot with Leo for Atlantis Models.
What was happening?
Oxygen were putting on their Demo Day in collaboration with Google. A Demo Day takes place at the end of a cohorts 13 weeks with the accelerator and is an opportunity for them to pitch their business ideas to potential investors.
What is Radical Childcare?
#RadicalChildcare is an initiative to explore, imagine and invest in bold new possibilities for the future of childcare.
Portfolio shoot for Macy Williams from Select Models
Commissioned by Letterbox to shoot Celine Gitten, Principal Ballerina of the Birmingham Royal Ballet getting ready backstage for a performance of Swan Lake.
What is the Birmingham Royal Ballet?
Birmingham Royal Ballet is one of the three major ballet companies of the United Kingdom, alongside The Royal Ballet and the English National Ballet.
What is Letterbox?
Letterbox Birmingham is the creation of lifestyle editor and writer Laurie Prescott. Originally created as the 'go-to' website for the style-smart women of the West Midlands, in 2016 Laurie linked up with the team behind the city's foremost 'What's On' e-magazine I Choose Birmingham, to launch Bell & Smokey as a free, multi-platform email. In early 2018, Bell & Smokey became Letterbox Birmingham.
Covering four key cornerstones of interest (style, culture, travel and trends), the digital glossy hits thousands of inboxes fortnightly on Tuesdays at midday, boasting a slick editorial experience across desktop, tablet and smartphone.
What is Birmingham Open Media?
BOM is a centre for art, technology and science dedicated to creative innovation with purpose.
Portrait shoot with Cammy Carter for J’adore Models.
What is Dezhou?
Dezhou is a family owned Chinese restaurant specialising in hand made noodles and braised chicken. I was commissioned by I Choose Birmingham to take some shots of the head chef making noodle cooking up some dishes.
What is Bikes and Knights?
Knights and Bikes is a book series based on the characters and setting of the video game of the same name by Foam Sword Games. Set on a Cornish island in the 1980’s, Knights and Bikes follows the story of new best friends Demelza and Nessa as they explore the island and uncover clues on their trusty two wheeled steeds as they hunt for the cursed treasure of the Penfurzy Knights.
What is Boxwars?
Boxwars Brum transformed the Impact Hub Birmingham courtyard and car park into a spectacle of cardboard wonders under the magnificent railway arches, followed by the Boxwars Brum Showdown.
What is Spice Club?
Through our pop-up dining events and cookery school, The Spice Club Dining Experience is one which helps us to showcase what home-style Indian food is really about… fresh ingredients, home-made spice blends and family recipes cooked and seasoned with with a generous portion of love and history.
Portrait shoot with Rebeca Thomas for Nemesis Models.
What is Brum Zine Fest?
Brum Zine Fest celebrates independent publishing and DIY making, bringing people together using zine approaches, methodologies & formats
What is Oxbridge Home Learning?
The distance learning college designed around you. At Oxbridge Home Learning, our aim is to remove the 'distance' from distance learning by providing you with the best learning experience and unlimited tutor support throughout your distance learning course. That’s why when you enrol on one of our courses you’ll get access to plenty of extras, such as an NUS extra student card and free short courses. For us, it’s all about achieving your greater goalson your career path, from start to finish.
What is the European Journalism Centre?
Since 1992, the European Journalism Centre has been building a sustainable, ethical and innovative future for journalism through grants, events, training and media development. We are an international non-profit, headquartered in The Netherlands, that connects journalists with new ideas, skills and people.
Portrait shoot with Daisy Denham.
What is Asia Asia?
Asia Asia Food Hall marks a new concept of restaurant for Birmingham. It holds nine different restaurants from all over Asia, promoting their best dishes. As we simply wanted to bring the amazing traditional dishes of these places to Birmingham for everyone to enjoy. We have nine units in which food is being prepared, created and dished up for you, all from different places and different chefs.
What is CoLab Dudley?
CoLab Dudley is a social lab working at a local scale in Dudley town centre, in the West Midlands, UK. Social labs initiate and support ongoing experiments to address complex social challenges. CoLab Dudley seeks to return agency to the people of Dudley as leaders and designers of change and innovation for a more socioecologically sustainable future.
What did they say?
“Thom is a warm, engaging photographer and videographer, sensitive to the contexts he works in. The work he has done with us on numerous projects is much loved and frequently used.”
Portrait shoot with Courtney Baldwin.
What is Glug?
Based around a series of talks and informal networking, Glug has become one of the most exciting, credible and well-attended creative events around.
Started in 2007 as a handful of mates talking shop and showing their work and reels off in an East London pub. Twelve years later and they’re an international movement with events in many cities around the world.
What is Envision?
We bring together local businesses, schools, charities and volunteers to provide a practical learning experience which enables young people to develop the skills they need to succeed in work and life. In return, young people invest their time in developing projects which give back to the community.
What is Eat4Less?
Welcome to eat4less – the preferred baguette bar for customers in city centres across England.
Open since the beginning of the century, eat4less bring customers the very best baguettes, paninis and burgers at great prices. With eat4less, we give our customers premium taste at budget prices.
What is Enrol Yourself?
Redesigning lifelong learning by harnessing the power of peer groups. ... Enrol Yourself has had a busy year — our sixth peer group has just set out on…. ... I’ve just embarked on Enrol Yourself, a 6-month learning journey that is shaped around the questions that participants ...
Portrait shoot with Charlotte Bazeley.
Commissioned by Notepad to shoot photos for Opinsta for their brand refresh.
What is Opinsta?
Opinsta creates Enterprise-grade apps for the world’s biggest businesses, that engage employees, improve customer experience and boost operational performance.
What is Notepad?
Notepad is a Birmingham based branding / design agency that define, create and grow brands for startups and new ventures that challenge the status quo.
Who are The Children’s Society?
Right now in Britain there are children and young people who feel scared, unloved and unable to cope. The Children’s Society works with these young people, step by step, for as long as it takes.
What is Systems Changers?
The Systems Changers programme builds the confidence and capabilities of frontline practitioners to transform systems and tackle the complex issues faced by young people today.