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Tag : dawn

04 Mar 2015

FROM GREAT ANCOATS STREET, MANCHESTER, 6.11AM

The weather forecast from the previous evening had promised clear skies, but I awoke at 5.25am to the sound of rain tapping against my window and distant police sirens. Out on the street the first person I saw was a thick set man, in ill-fitting tracksuit trousers and a luminous cagoule. He was maybe in his late fifties and had an unhappy, flat face, like a cartoon burglar. He was jogging like someone who knew he had to run from […]

02 Mar 2015

REDBANK, MANCHESTER, 7.33AM

REDBANK, MANCHESTER, 7.33AM About a week ago, during one of my evening walks with my flatmate, a young woman, probably in her mid-twenties, approached us just near Redbank. She was well dressed in a knee length skirt, low heeled boots and a coat. She spoke with an Australian accent. “Good evening gents, sorry to bother you but I’m lost” she said. “I’m supposed to be meeting a male friend under an arch near here, we’re off to take some photographs […]

27 Feb 2015

RIVER IRK, EDGE OF THE GREEN QUARTER, MANCHESTER. 7.04AM

RIVER IRK, EDGE OF THE GREEN QUARTER, MANCHESTER. 7.04AM The previous evening my flatmate and I had walked his dog through the Green Quarter of Manchester. It’s a collection of new apartment blocks that has grown over the last few years between Cheetham Hill Road and the River Irk. We watched a Jewish couple having wedding pictures taken in the darkened light, her in full white dress, whilst shielding my friend’s terrier from seeing another smaller dog that was approaching. […]

26 Feb 2015

MJT MOTORS, GOULD STREET, 7.36AM

MJT MOTORS, GOULD STREET, 7.36AM My flatmate has a dog, an English Bull terrier. He’s a dapper man and reminds me a little of Bill Sykes as he proudly walks his pet through the Victorian streets behind Angel Meadows at night. Walking around the district that we live in is what has inspired Not Quite Light, as we talk about the history of the streets and buildings, and of our thoughts towards the encroaching modern world. In many ways, this […]

24 Feb 2015

WHERE ONCE STOOD UNITED BUILDINGS, OLDHAM STREET, 7.17am

WHERE ONCE STOOD UNITED BUILDINGS, OLDHAM STREET, 7.17am I know the streets in the area well. I used to own a shop on Tib Street and now live in the Northern Quarter, so tend to follow my instincts when I step out of the door just before dawn, with no clear plan as to where I might go. This morning was one of cloudless skies. The sunlight brought a sheen to bricked walls the colour of Fool’s Gold, and incisive […]

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