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

Enriqueta Rylands’ impressive chunk of neo Gothica opened in 1900 as the people’s library, though it was the acquisition of Lord Spencer’s Althorp Collection that truly made the Ryland’s book collection special. Deep within the vast Special Collections is the Grafton Portrait, hoped (rather than thought) to be Shakespeare, a Gutenberg Bible (or Mazarin Bible […]

Old Trafford Red Sea

Picture Stories. Old Trafford Red Sea The East Stand (or Scoreboard End) of Old Trafford on match day. I’d found this vantage point up on scaffolding when they were building some flats, and fair play to the Chelsea-fan foreman who let me up there to do as I wished. The idea was to get all […]

Central Library

When I first went to the British Library in London, two of of the most impressive details were: 1: two power points at each desk for library users 2: Comfortable desk & seating, presumably based on an understanding of how humans are supposed to sit. When I revisited the revamped Manchester’s Central Library, the least […]

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 […]

Castlefield Yellow

Castlefield Yellow Castlefield, Deansgate, looking towards Dukes 92 and Albert’s Shed. I’m not sure why Castlefield Yellow is so popular as a print. What makes the image work for me is the halo of autumnal yellow over red brick, which is so perfectly reflected by the water and the yellow light of the lanterns. Pitch […]

Peveril of the Peak

Peveril of the Peak If you come upon The Pev by accident and in ignorance, the shiny facade will probably stop you in your tracks, as did the gingerbread house for Hansel and Gretel in the woods. Even more so if the Western light catches the green tiles at just the right angle, as those […]

Cornerhouse Manchester

Cornerhouse Manchester So farewell then, Cornerhouse (oops…I’ve gone all E J Thribb). Everyone has memories of this place, including bleary heads on the way to Rock World trying to come to terms with quiz night, Northern Soulies on the way back from a Ritz All-Dayer, generations of students from Manchester Uni and Man Met, and […]

Sunset Silhouette

Sunset Silhouette over the Lowry and Imperial War Museum One of the most spectacular sunsets I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen plenty). You can’t beat advance planning in photography: I’d worked out the angle for this shot weeks before and was waiting for the right kind of light. On this day, I’d been out and […]

Vision

Vision I don’t mind telling you now that this is the facade at the old Dunlop factory at the aptly named Macintosh Village development (the scene has changed forever…that’s why I don’t mind telling you now!). The layers of colour from times past seemed to be clawing their way through the door, in an attempt […]