Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter has always been there…it just ddn’t go by the name ‘Northern Quarter‘ until it was thus branded in the early 1990s. Started its rise to fashion-nobility with Afflecks Palace, circa 1981, and Factory-owned Dry Bar aided Manchester’s shift in focus over to Oldham Street. Thomas Street, Tib Street and Dale Street – […]

The Britons Protection

The Britons Protection is one of those places in Manchester that have always been there and which we take for granted. But as swathes of Manchester City Center is  turned into soulless gated communities, the Britons Protection and its ilk is starting to take on a whole new meaning.   A Manchester Print Gallery   […]

Manchester – A Visitor’s Guide

Welcome to Manchester A visitor’s guide to Manchester in pictures. This is my City. I’ve been around its streets and clubs and pubs since I escaped the factory floor, with a job at one of Manchester’s best ever clothes shops. I know its nooks and crannies. Its diamonds and its flaws. And so will you. […]

Hacienda Manchester

I have no recollection whatsoever of these picture (other than I was going through a phase of colouring my flash with blue filters!), though I have the feeling I’d been shooting pictures somewhere else beforehand and managed to get my cameras past the doormen (maybe with one of G.L.’s many forged VIP passes!). The ‘everyone’s […]

Old Trafford Football Ground

Old Trafford Football Ground I’ve spent a lot of time at Old Trafford Football Ground down the years and its over a decade since I set myself the task of photographing the match night (and day) atmosphere of Old Trafford. The carnival atmosphere doesn’t magically appear. For night matches, many of the food vendors arrive […]

Old Trafford: Red White and Black

Within a few minutes of nailing the moment to the idea in the image titled ‘Red Sea’, the traffic left the Old Trafford car park on Sir Matt Busby Way and the three colours of Manchester United were now available to realise another  idea for a timeless image. It took 3 months to get the […]

Manchester Cathedral: Ten to Seven

In an ideal world (for photographers), people would look at an image and appreciate only the juggling of the various elements that make that hallowed image. For example, the light in this picture is spectacular, the stacking of the perspective gives the moment real power and the clock freezes (friezes?) the moment in time and […]

Bridgewater Hall

Bridgewater Blue There’s something perfect about a Winter or Autumn twilight blue, which has a clarity rarely found in Summer. I have a few variations on this Bridgewater Blue theme (above), but time was of the essence because they were building the Beetham Tower at the time, which has risen to ruin many a Manchester […]

Palace Hotel & Oxford Road

Manchester’s landmark Palace Hotel viewed from Oxford Road railway station. I don’t even know if they light the Palace Hotel up like this any more. Here it makes a spectacular display when blended with the tail lights of a passing train. Did you know Oxford Road corner is one of the (if not THE) busiest […]

John Rylands Library

The John Rylands Library, on Manchester’s Deansgate, has never seen as many Tories as it does in the film about Winston Churchill, Darkest Hour.  Apart from the Historic Reading room, the original men’s toilets is also made good use of, where Neville Chamberlain defies library rules by using the loo to take his morphine. Enriqueta Rylands’ impressive […]

Chimney Pop

This is an industrial skyline at Trafford Park, close to the Manchester Ship Canal and where the BBC and Media City is now. I’d been shooting a sunset at The Lowry and the Imperial War Museum, and when the glowing ball slipped out of the scene, I chased after it. It must be an unedifying […]