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“YOU LIVE WITH US, WE LIVE WITH YOU”

I’ve been commissioned by 5 Plus architects to produce a body of work, which I’ve entitled “You Live With Us, We Live With You”. The project will explore 11 buildings ( 7 in Manchester, 4 in London ) and examine the relationships we have with the buildings that affect our daily environment, and also look at our impact on those buildings as we evolve the streets in which they exist.

The photographs will be completed in the summer of 2016, with regular updates on the Not Quite Light blog.

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New Project – You Live With Us, We Live With You – 5plus Architects
‘Not Quite Light’ photographer Simon Buckley has been commissioned to undertake a new project after his work was spotted on social media.
Simon, a fine art photographer of twenty five years who’s worked for Der Spiegel, Weekend Guardian, GQ, Elle and Saturday’s Telegraph Magazine has been documenting early mornings in Manchester’s Northern Quarter for the last 12 months and posting images on his website and Twitter. The project has garnered media attention across the city and his intimate twilight portraits of a changing city have been selling to collectors in limited runs.
Simon’s work was seen by Jon Matthews a director of 5plus Architects who contacted Simon with regards to a possible project he was conceiving.
Simon said: “John offered me what is essentially a long term fine arts project. It shows his keen understanding of the photographic image. 5plus Architects are a self confident company who believe in the buildings they design and how they impact the environment and how people use them and want me to objectively set their buildings in context.”
Simon will be documenting 11, 5plus buildings, seven in Manchester and four in London, over the course of the next nine months.
He said: “I will be making several visits to the buildings three seasons, from the shortest day to the longest – from dark to light reflecting but not being defined by my work on the Not Quite Light project.
“This is not a promotional exercise for 5plus and they are being quite brave really as I may not like everything I see and I have no real idea what the end results will be. It will be an organic process and the photographs will continue to ask probing questions about their and our roles in the built environment.
“It shows huge trust and faith from their end to allow a photographer an open brief. When someone calls you and says we want to fund you, fund you properly, for a fine arts project and give you free artistic rein for nine months, well its unheard of. It’s a dream job.”
Simon will be cataloguing the project as it progresses using his iPhone like a sketchbook, with updates on his Not Quite Light website. The work may be turned into a book or exhibition.
He said: “5plus understand the connection between art and architecture and the connection between people and buildings. That it’s all interlinked. The Hive, which they designed and where they are based, has Manchester’s largest piece of public art as an integral part of the building, they sponsor new talent at MMU and support MIF. I am just looking forwarding to creating some interesting work with their projects as the subject.”
Jon Mathews said: “Our work has always been defined by collaboration with creative people. It’s thought provoking and fun. Simon’s work sums up the urban condition right now. It’s not sugar-coated and sun drenched but realistic and more beautiful for it. It occurred to us that we’d like to see our work in this context.”
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