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Monthly Archives: May 2015

17 May 2015

HILTON STREET, MANCHESTER 4.31AM

HILTON STREET, MANCHESTER 4.31AM – It had rained in the early hours of the new day, and the roads were glistening with colour as fresh as a newly woven magic carpet. Any birdsong was drowned out by the raucous calls of girls and boys dressed in their finery, still away with the fairytale world of escape afforded them by the Manchester potion of music and drink. Dreamy eyed couples kissed at bus stops, desperate boys leapt in front of my […]

15 May 2015

ANCOATS AT DAWN -AUDIO

    The sounds of Ancoats at dawn, as recorded on my iPhone… Car alarm, birdsong and footsteps.

15 May 2015

OLD MILL STREET, ANCOATS 4.27AM

OLD MILL STREET, 4.27AM – Old Mill Street, where the Ancoats Dispensary still exists, is at one edge of my project, the other being Strangeways. From redemption to restitution I suppose. This area, once the industrial core of Manchester, is now known as New Islington and was supposed to be the vanguard of urban development on this side of the city. And then the recession came. This particular morning the sky was clear, and the colours rich. It reminded me […]

11 May 2015

THE SOUND OF DAWN 1, NORTHERN QUARTER

A brief recording on my iPhone of the sounds around me one morning at dawn. There were seagulls, birds that I’m too ignorant to name and distant cars which sounded, to me, as they passed, like the gentle lapping of the sea on the shore.

10 May 2015

THOMAS STREET, NORTHERN QUARTER 4.42AM

THOMAS STREET, 4.42AM – It was my first time photographing on a Saturday morning. The sodium lamps, neon and first gasp of dawn daylight created a filmic atmosphere, causing the buildings to look like the grand vision of a set designer, and the people in them extras, sent out on cue by a director eager to create the illusion of reality in this strange hour. This area of Manchester has, for centuries, been where people have come for pleasure, to […]

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