The Quays Theatre at night

This is The Lowry, a theatre and gallery space in the heart of Salford Quays. The tall building on the right is the 16 floor Imperial Point apartments. Some of my earliest night time photographs were taken around Salford Quays. It had been 10 years since I’d been back and not a huge amount had changed. This was the second photograph from this spot. Taken during heavy rain on a short photo shoot with my friend Mark. We were stood in front of the Imperial War Museum North.

Media City at night

On the left is the footbridge leading to the main MediaCityUK buildings in Salford Quays. Back in 2011 when this was brand new I photographed the same scene from this point. Architecturally little has changed, but my camera and photography skills have clearly improved. This was taken in April 2019 on a very rainy evening. I was out with my friend Mark and we were determined to try and capture something in the Salford Quays area. Setting up the tripods our cameras quickly got completely soaked from the heavy rain. This was the best of about a dozen quick snaps but the camera had to go back in the bag as we ran back to my car.

Altrincham library

Opened in February 2019, this is the new library on Pott Street in Altrincham. Growing up in Altrincham, I visited the old Stamford New Road library many times. This is a dramatic improvement. The old library was dark and cramped. The new library is modern, bright and inviting. Exploring inside, I particularly liked the community meeting rooms and collaborative working spaces. The wooden and bronze book sculpture in front of the library entrance is also wonderful. Called Eudaemonium, this sculpture is 13 foot tall and by artist Stephen Broadbent.

Manchester Central Library at Christmas

This is the main entrance to Manchester’s Central Library. In front are some of the 2019 Christmas lights. In particular the bee on the right is a symbol of the city. Back in November I was in Manchester for a few short days. Whilst I wasn’t there for photography, I did find myself in the city centre one evening. This was taken on a tripod from a distance to capture the whole building and the lights. With the hundreds of people around taking their own photographs. I ended up merging three different images here to remove the people. Luckily I had the camera on a tripod otherwise this wouldn’t have been possible.