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.
This is the Reading Room of the Rylands Library. Having lived my student years in central Manchester. I am a little ashamed to say that 2019 was my first visit inside the library. It’s a late-Victorian neo-Gothic architectural style. Opened in 1900 it has Harry Potter style vibes to the place. The library was founded by John’s wife in his memory. John Rylands was an English entrepreneur who owned large textile manufacturing mills. At its peak, the Rylands family firm employed 15,000 people across 17 mills and factories, producing 35 tons of cloth a day. In the past this type of interior photograph would have required a tripod to keep the image sharp. Modern cameras can now handle such low light settings with ease.
The River Mersey taken on a walk around Sale Waterpark. Having spent my childhood in this part of Manchester this is a special place to me. I have great memories of walking and cycling along the banks of this river. As you can see this was a great summers day which makes this landscape nice and colourful. I framed this photograph to show as much of the river curving off into the distance as I could. The reflection of the bright blue sky on the water contrasts against the green of the grass.
Going into Manchester for lunch I noticed that the fountains were working again. This was taken after lunch when the fountains were actually on. Sadly it had clouded over. Before lunch I have a few photos of the same view with a lovely blue sky but not fountains. For whatever reason I’ve never taken a night photograph of these fountains. They would look even better close up with a very wide angle lens high up. Next time I’m in Manchester at night I’ll make sure I see if the fountains on and light up.