Wander around for a while with – if I may use the phrase – a photographer’s eye, and you’ll start seeing things in a new way. They’ve always been there, of course—indeed, you probably pass them every day. But once you start to really look at things, your mind form associations beyond the mundane. It may be an element of humour, it may be a connection with something apparently unrelated, or it may just simply be an ‘aha’ moment. Continue reading “Sentinels”

What happened?

I moved to Manchester 38 years ago to come to university. Eight years later, my wife and I settled in Altrincham, and we’ve been here ever since.

When we first moved here, Altrincham was definitely the ‘posh neighbour’ of the Greater Manchester area. The town centre was thriving: always busy. We had greengrocers, butchers, bakers – everything you could need, including a bustling 700-year-old market. Bookshops, clothes shops – we wanted for nothing. It was the place to be and the place to shop.

And then things started to change. Continue reading “What happened?”

Salford Quays

On the last day of 2012, I went for a walk around Salford Quays. This is an interesting area to visit, since it changes quite rapidly. For the last ten years or so, it has been subject to extensive re-development, from a run-down area of old docks to its present form as the home of the Lowry Centre and the BBC’s new studios at Media City UK.

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Two days, two years, two walks, two pictures

After a week or so of sitting around eating too much chocolate and watching too much rubbish telly, the new year provides an opportunity to get out into the fresh air, clear the cobwebs and freeze various important bits off.

For the last day of 2012, we went up to Salford Quays and a wander around the Lowry, the Imperial War Museum North and Media City UK.

Then, for the first day of 2013, we took our now-traditional walk around Tatton Park. Both days were grey, cold and intermittently wet.

I like the juxtaposition of these two pictures; the similarities and the contrasts between two apparently very different locations.

Salford Quays

Tatton Park