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.
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.