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.
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.