Interview with IGersBlackCountry

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We caught up with the newest IGers on the block – Ed, Stevie and Abi of IGersBlackCountry. 

IGersBirmingham: Hi guys. First things first – can you tell us a bit about who you are?

Ed: Ok, the IGBlackCountry team are Stevie (@stevie_spencer1973), Abi (@abigarveyphoto) and me, Ed (@notthetalkinghorse).

Abi: Hiya.

Stevie: Hi.

Ed: We’re all keen photographers and have been snapping for years. Abi has her own business doing wedding photography whereas me and Stevie are strictly keen amateurs and fit in what we can around our day jobs.

Stevie: Yeah, I think we’re all either from the Black Country of have family ties to the Black Country.

Abi: That’s right, me and Stevie are both from Stourbridge so Black Country born and bred. Ed is from Birmingham so he’s the odd one out but his granny lives in Warley and he grew up in Sandwell so we’ve given him a free pass.

Ed: Thanks, I think…

IGersBirmingham: Great! You’re on Instagram obviously, but how else can we follow you?

Stevie: Ok our Instagram, as you already know is @IGBlackcountry, twitter @IGBlackcountry and we’ve also got a Facebook page, IGersBlackCountry.

Abi: We’ve got an email address as well, igersblackcountry@gmail.com

Ed: Probably fair to say that we’re still getting to grips with all of the different social media platforms so bear with us whilst we get everything sorted.

IGersBirmingham: Why did you decide to create the account?

Ed: We all met at the IGersBirmingham Balsall Heath instameet in early 2016 and kept on bumping into each other at the meets organised by IGersBirmingham. A year on and several instameets later we got chatting about having a day out, originally to go out looking for snow over Clee Hill in Shropshire but ended up staying around Stourbridge. We had such a good fun day and got talking about doing more stuff together, sharing our love of all things photography.

Stevie: One thing lead to another and we decided that we’d definitely meet up to do it all again and to try and pull together other people from around the Black Country who share our passion for photography and love of the area.

Abi: We knew  there was an IGersBlackCountry account on Instagram but that nothing had been posted to it so we approached the people behind that and asked if they’d pass it on to us. We got hold of the account last week and since then it’s all gone a bit crazy…

Stevie: We launched on 14th Jan after the first IGersBirmingham instameet and it’s been non-stop since.

IGersBirmingham: Are you pleased to be part of the worldwide IGers community?

Abi: Yes, we’re seriously excited about it. We’re really excited about developing the IGBlackCountry community and showcasing photographs of the area through our pic of the day feature, so get snapping and tagging #igersblackcountry.

Ed: We’ve been live for 4 days and we’ve been given such a warm welcome by the IGersBirmingham and IGersCoventry teams.

Stevie: Absolutely, it’s great to be part of it and to join the other IGers groups in the West Midlands.

IGersBirmingham: For newcomers to the West Midlands, which areas are within the Black Country?

Abi: Stourbridge, Brierley Hill, Netherton, Halesowen, Blackheath, Cradley Heath, Old Hill, Bilston, Dudley, Tipton, Wednesbury, Walsall, and Wolverhampton, er….anywhere else??

Stevie: It’s a big area and you’ll probably get a different answer from each one of us about what’s in and what’s out.

Ed: Essentially it’s anything that falls under the four Black Country Local Authorities, so Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

Abi: One thing that we can all agree on is that it doesn’t include Birmingham!

Ed: Yeah, definitely not Birmingham.

IGersBirmingham: A bit of overlap with us then ;-). Will you be holding instameets?

Abi: Yeah, we’re massively excited about doing a few instameets. It might take us a bit of time to get off the ground but we’re hoping that we’ll have something set up, ready to go very soon.

Ed: Initially we’ll be looking at doing one the in each of the four Black Country areas (Dudley, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Walsall), we’ll probably start somewhere around Dudley / Stourbridge, then onto something in Sandwell followed by Walsall and Wolverhampton.

Stevie: They might not necessarily be in that order but we’ve got some really exciting ideas that we’re exploring together. Definitely a case of watch this space.

IGersBirmingham: Exciting stuff! We shall certainly be coming along. What are you hoping to get out of running IGBlackCountry?

Ed: It’s an area of the Midlands that’s had a bit of bad press, in that people see it as being run down, a bit of an industrial waste land if you like.

Stevie: Yeah, but if you dig through the surface you’ll find some really great places around the Black Country with a huge amount of history to go with it.

Abi: Totally agree. We’re all about promoting the beauty of the area and celebrating the people that live here, along with its rich industrial heritage.

Ed: Hopefully we’ll do it justice.

IGersBirmingham: We’re sure you will! Can’t wait to see your account grow and work with you!