Living as a student in the centre of Manchester for a few years, I discovered many of the best places for graffiti. One of my favourites is New Wakefield Street just behind Oxford Road Station. Each year there is a music and art festival where the murals get replaced. This is what was here in winter 2013. I have seen and photographed many different works of art on this wall over the past ten years. This piece is a collaboration between Low Bros from the Weird, Dulk and Nicolas Barrome.
Looking down the B6469, more commonly known as Whitworth Street West in Manchester’s city centre, we can see the 12:22 train coming into Oxford Road Station. I was actually stood at the junction with Oxford Road to take the photograph, using a long zoom lens to focus on the bridge. It was just fortunate that a train was coming in at the right time. Because of the long zoom lens the two buildings behind the train (old and new) look very close to each other, when in realty they are a good few hundred metres apart.
Canal Street is a pedestrianised street along the west side of the Rochdale canal in the centre of Manchester. Recently on a Sunday morning I decided to take my camera to this corner of the city for the first time and was very fortunate to find a canal barge coming under the bridge I was stood on and into this lock in the foreground. You can see some of the gay bars and restaurants that line Canal Street to the left of the photograph.
Manchester Central Convention Complex was formerly known as the GMEX centre. Originally it was Manchester Central railway station but has been an exhibition centre for the past 25 years. Pictured above is the main entrance, renovated recently to include this modern looking covered part of the walkway in front of the main doors. Somehow in my opinion this doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the building’s architecture.
This is the last of my collection of this years graffiti photographed on Manchester’s New Wakefield Street. It was painted by SatOne and Dems with a limited pallet of orange and blues with cars flying everywhere. I would one day like to watch such a large piece of work being created from start to finish as I imagine it must take many hours if not days to create a piece as large as the one photographed above.