St Andrews Church – Ramsbottom

Originally built in 1834 as a Scottish Presbyterian Church. It was eventually consecrated as a Church of England parish church in 1874. Refurbished in the 90s it is a classic style of what I think of when I think of English churches. I was here for a very special christening. As you can see we had the perfect weather on the day. Arriving a little early I was able to capture this photograph without cars in the carpark and the sun over my shoulders.

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.