Two Birmingham photographers have launched a project to build an interactive online archive of photographs and stories of life in the Second City.

The Some Cities initiative, curated by  Andrew Jackson  and  Dan Burwood , will see a series of workshops and talks, exhibitions and initiatives designed to capture life in Birmingham and offer support and facilities to photographers of all levels of experience.

There will also be commissions of new work for the project, one of which will focus on the communities of Balsall Heath.

A second commission has a wider geographic scope, and calls for a submission that explores works within other parts of the city of Birmingham.

Two £600 bursaries are available for these commissions and interested parties are invited to submit short 250-400 word proposal of how they might use this bursary to develop a new body of work in response to the project.

A new website supporting the project is open to receive shared public submissions of photographs of Birmingham. To upload a photo to the project, visit  www.some-cities.org.uk/submit .

Images can also be submitted to the project directly via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #somecities and #brumfotos.

Based in Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, the Some Cities initiative is supported by Arts Council England, the University of Birmingham, mac Birmingham and Birmingham City Council.

Mr Jackson said: "Subjects such as civic pride, the realities of life in an urban environment or simply the people, places and events that shape our lives are experiences which every human can relate to, and photography offers the perfect medium through which to capture and share such stories.  
 
"By creating a community of photographers with the skills, passion and understanding to document the world around them, we hope to foster a new generation of artists and archivists sharing their experiences of the city now and for years to come."

* Photographers in the West Midlands with Flickr accounts are invited to join the Birmingham Post and Mail Flickr Group .

With more than 40,000 images online the collection represents a fascinating archive of images across the wider region. Some of the shots of the Birmingham skyline can be seen in the gallery above.

To join the group and share your photos with more than 1,000 other keen photographers in the West Midlands, click  here . You will need a Flickr account to join.  Every week a selection of images are printed in the Post and Mail newspapers.           

Some Cities is designed to equip photographers of all abilities with the skills to capture stories through images
Some Cities aims to equip keen photographers with the skills to capture stories through images
 

Some Cities Events

Introduction to Digital Photography  (6 week course)

7pm Tuesday 19 November

Darkrooms Birmingham, The Old Print Works, (next to the Ort Cafe), Moseley Road, B12 9AH

£10 per session adv / £5 per session adv (concessions)

John Myers and Jim Mortram in conversation

7pm Monday 25 November

Mac, Cannon Hill Park

£3 / £2 (concessions)

Introduction to Documentary Photography  (6 week course)

7pm Wednesday 27 November

Darkrooms Birmingham

£10 per session adv / £5 per session adv (concessions)

Introduction to Black and White Analogue Photography  (8 week course)

1.30pm Saturday 30 November

Darkrooms Birmingham

£10 per session adv / £5 per session adv (concessions)

Stuart Whipps and Dan Bosworth in conversation

Monday 9 December

Mac, Cannon Hill Park

£3 / £2 (concessions)