This public square in central Manchester has many different monuments and statues. It’s also surrounded by a wide variety of interesting architecture. For me it’s hard to take a step back and capture a wide photograph with people. But this is the reality of what this square looks like on a sunny day. I often focus too much on that one famous building or statue and forget to capture the general scenes around me.
Looking up at Manchester’s Town Hall from Albert Square I noticed the position of the sun. Having taken many photographs of this building over the years, I wanted to try for a new take on an old subject. Sun bursts seem popular at the moment. Composition between the details on the building, the clock tower and the sun behind was a bit tricky. It took half a dozen attempts but this is the one I’m happiest with. The texture of the clouds behind also help this photograph stand out.
Scarecrows come in all shapes and sizes. In this case a doll. I was exploring my dad’s new allotment. After seeing the great fruit and vegetables he’s growing for the family. I looked around at the neighbours. Some had little sheds. Some hand crafted signs. Then this allotment with a few doll scarecrows. This was my favourite, surrounded by colourful flowers.
Just around the corner from Camden Road station on Bonny Street is this iconic row of colourful houses. I’d seen a few inspiring images of unusual things in Camden. So I was looking forward to spending the day there and seeing what we would find. It was a cloudy day but this row of houses still really stood out from the others in the nearby area.
The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace happens 4 times a week over summer. I remember standing in front of the palace as a child watching this 45 minute ceremony. Walking to Westminster after a bike ride in Hyde Park and seeing crowds starting to gather. I thought it’d be worth waiting to see what was about to happen. We stood at the gates of the Wellington Barracks on Spur Road. I wasn’t expected the Queen’s Guard march out of the gates so fast. Because of this there’s a little blur in their feet.