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.
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.
Taken from outside the Imperial War Museum North looking across the water to the Quays Theatre. Although I have photographed this area dozens of times (particularly at night) I had always thought of this as the Lowry Theatre. Looking it up “The Lowry” is a theatre and gallery “complex” (which I read as building), so the theatre part within the building must be the “Quays Theatre”. Still I think everyone I know refers to it as the Lowry Theatre.
MediaCityUK is a new area / part of Salford Quays. On the right is the BBC’s new building and on the left is the new footbridge which leads to the Imperial War Museum North, off frame to the left. Although the sky is nice and dramatic in this photograph I still feel that there is a better shot of this bridge. This was the third time I have tried and I am getting closer to the picture that I want. Next time I hope to get to the Quays a few minutes earlier as the LED lighting on the bridge is very bright.