In what’s becoming something of a family tradition, we went for a walk around Salford Docks on New Year’s Eve and Tatton Park on New Year’s Day. Continue reading “Contrasts”
I was in Manchester helping out at an event at the Manchester weekender festival, as part of which I ended up wandering up and down Oxford Road a few times. With the weekender on and MMU’s open day, the place was pretty busy and lively.
These are some of the things I saw whilst wandering around.
Frankfurt is the financial capital of Europe, and the centre of the city is dominated by high-rise office blocks, dubbed ‘Mainhatten’ by the locals (because it’s on the river Main – ho, ho).
The seemingly endless cold weather finally relented and spring made a welcome appearance. What better way to celebrate that fact than to go for a nice walk and take some photos along the way?
No particular reason for these pictures other than that it’s sunny, and that’s all the reason you need.
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”
It was one of those lovely bright, late winter days and, as the sun dipped down to the west, the light took on a mellow warmth that could not be denied. Hat and coat quickly donned (it was still a bit nippy), I headed out for a wander around some of the local streets.
My last post painted a pretty bleak picture of my adopted home town: I make no apologies for that – I was making a point about something that concerns me. It’s my hope for the future that I’ll be able to make all of the images in that post into diptychs like the one above.
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?”
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.
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.