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Bright Lights and Carousels.

Posted on: 06 December 2010

Every year I visit the Birmingham German Market. Apparently it's the largest of it's kind outside of Germany itself and it's always fun to visit. I went recently with some friends where we bought our mulled wine and stood huddled outside of a giant polar bear shaped stall (sadly no pictures-but it sold Beer!) desperately trying to keep warm in the seemingly arctic conditions. Maybe it was the copious amounts of Wine and Beer but everyone around us were really jolly, all dancing and singing along to the the band that were playing Christmas songs.

Of course, I bought my camera along and took some photos, mainly of the Carousel. Carousels are always great to take photos of, they're so interesting and it's pretty hard to get a boring shot. Hmmm maybe just blurry shots seeing as I don't own a fancy DSLR! One day....
German Market: Beer Stall
Carousel 1
Carosel 2
I'm trying to use my Fuji Instax more sparingly seeing as I run the risk of burning a whole in my pocket when it comes to replacing the film. These are enlarged way bigger than the actual photos but they still look cool!
German market instax
German Market Carousel instax 2
German Market Carousel detail instax
I'm definitely feeling all festive now. Our Christmas tree was put up last night and everyone is busy Christmas Shopping. I've been super organised this year and ALL my shopping is done. Yay! So it's quite nice to sort of observe the frantic Christmas shoppers, are you one of them and the big question is what do you hope to receive for Christmas?

55 comments:

  1. I'm scarily not organised agh! Love carousel pics!

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  2. I love Bham's German Market, i've been twice now in the space of a few weeks, <3 it xx

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  3. This fair looks amazing! A giant beer selling polar bear?! How awesome! I love your photos of the carousel- it looks so pretty. You definitely captured all the fun of the fair!

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  4. :DDDDD

    amazing photosgraphy i wish i could hgo on a carasoul whilst in lolita Xd it seems like it would be so fun and funny XD

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  5. ahhh, i just wrote a long comment but my laptop froze :'(

    i adore the instax pictures, they are so beautiful! i'd love a camera like that but i would just sped ridiculous amounts on the film, money i just don't have at the moment, hehe!

    i'm so excited for christmas it's ridiculous! my wishlist isn't as long as most years, but i'd really like a v&a book on the previous quilts exhibition, a diary, a calendar plus some william morris and cath kidston bits and bobs :)

    xxx

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  6. Oh wow it looks so beautiful <3

    I love the instants, I'm such a film lover that camera is next up on my list!

    I was just looking up trains to Bham I really want to visit sometime but I doubt I'll be able to squeeze in a visit till the new year so I'll miss out on the xmas markets :(

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  7. Ooooh pretty, flashing lights.

    I'm getting a sewing machine off 'Santa'. Beyond excited. And CREEPERS! Mwhahaha, they will never leave my feet!

    x x x

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  8. Yay! So glad you enjoyed it, it's definitely a christmas must for all us Brum-dwellers.
    The instax photos look gorgeous- I've got an old film camera lurking somewhere- was gonna save it for summer but you've inspired me to use it this christmas!

    Danni
    xxx

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  9. these photos are still gorgeous - proof that you don't always need a mega expensive camera! Carousels really are fun, infact fairground pictures are the best! x

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  10. Beautiful photos! I love carousels, they remind of fun times when I was little. I'm slowly getting into the holiday spirit too xoxo

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  11. I use to LOVE this as a kid and beg my mum for 'just one more turn', I think that carousel pictures always look magical too. Oh I would have loved to have seen the bear shaped stall :P
    Oh Bloody Christmas shoppers are doing my head in, they are all cracked up and mental ...even in the supermarket not good.
    I just asked my bloke for same H&M vouchers so next year I can reinvent my wardrobe with a few staple pieces :)

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  12. What sweet pictures.

    Lucky, about all that Christmas shopping. Hope the weather is still nice there. Cold ..so cold here. I am trying to get all the shopping done before the snow comes. And it might be this weekend.

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  13. Looks pretty! Nice shots. I have yet to do my Christmas shopping (haven't even gotten ONE gift--oh my!)...so major props to you for being finished. I hope you get everything you want and more!

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  14. Oh, I just love the look of film (and carousels!). But film costs definitely make me avoid using my 35mm...actually haven't used it in like 2 yrs! @_@

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  15. I'm almost done all my shopping! But I'm usually done early-ish. I could never be one of those people who goes out on the 24th to buy Christmas gifts -- how can you get exactly what you want when everything's been picked over?

    What do I want for Christmas? A real (adjustable) tripod would be pretty awesome.

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  16. Must be nice; I have never been to festivals like that before, LOL. Can't wait for Christmas! ;D

    Castor Pollux

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  17. Great. Now *I* want beer out of a polar bear. And I don't even like beer. x

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  18. Stunning photos Winnie! I live in Brighton so carousels are close to my heart Vicky x

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  19. I've heard such great things about that German Christmas market!
    The carousel looks pretty spectacular.

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  20. i wish i havent sold away my fuju instax :(

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  21. lovely photos


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  22. Your Christmas shopping is all done??? Really? I so want to be you right now!

    :)

    Camila F.

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  23. One year I am going to get organised and go to the Bham market, I have family up there, I have no excuse!

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  24. I went to my towns German christmas market too, they are awesome. I love the pictures of the carousal, they look so vintage-y.

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  25. I love carousels too - they're so pretty. I'm too big to go on them now - unless I can convince my wee nephew to come on the one in Edinburgh. xx

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  26. Yes I am feeling really festive especially with this weather. The market sounds great. We have one in Bath but it is probably much smaller.

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  27. SucH wonderful photos darling. i LOVE them
    thanks for sharing. i haven't even started my christmas shopping- but ok. wait---NOW i've bought my first gift ;)on ebay
    hihi a cat clock for someone really special ;)
    have a great week dear

    x

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  28. These pictures are AMAZING! I thought you'd taken them from tumblr or something but that you took them is absolutely fantastic. It's beautiful. I love carousels more than anything:)

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  29. I'm waiting a reflex:)

    great pics!!! very very nice!!!!

    thanks for sharring
    xx Marina

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  30. I haven't done my Xmas tree yet.. how embarrassing.. hahaha
    I bet hurry up
    LOx

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  31. Très belles photos de ce manège !!!

    Steeve

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  32. oooh i must visit the market before i leave! i walked past it to to nando's and it seemed like such fun!
    and i don't actually have a lot of F21 clothing, i only bought some now because my grant actually came through haha, it is fun having to shop for "uniform" though.

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  33. ooh i really want to go to the birmingham market xxx

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  34. My fav time of the year! I love X-mas and it is so sweet!

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  35. Ouuu lovely photos! It looks like so much fun!

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  36. The carousel looks so beautiful. I love the last pictures taken with your other camera. They look dreamy.

    Christy of Dress Rehearsal

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  38. Love the pictures, so pretty! Very jealous of the mulled wine! Yum! x

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  39. Great pictures! I want to go there.

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  40. ..wooow ..those pictures are so gorgeous ..beautiful ..

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  41. this looks like so much fun! i've never been to a proper christmassy market, but this sounds like a good place to start :) x

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  42. Thanks, I love your Fuji pictures, they're gorgeous and this year I'm very disorganised but having no money has also contributed. I just want some nice things from Accessorize and maybe some unexpected surprises as I wrote a short list this year. xxx

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  43. Unlike you im not at all organised and have only just started my xmas shopping lol.

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  44. THE PHOTOS ARE BEAUTIFUL!!

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  45. I was meant to go see that - gutted I missed out, it looks lovely!

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  46. Oh, that Christmas market brings back serious memories of being in Colonge and watching my mother get tipsy on Gluhwein...

    Nice instax photos, I love how the carousel and all the lights have turned out.

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  47. i always miss out on the german market! hope to check it out when im back hehe.. oh i recognised the background !

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  48. Looks really lovely!

    juliet xxx

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