This will probably be the last photo I have to show you from last weeks Castlefield trip. I have been past this spherical sculpture outside the Museum of Science and Industry dozens of times but tonight whilst taking photographs all around Castlefield I came up with the idea of a self portrait in the reflection of the sphere. I had my camera on the tripod and the went up close with a wireless remote in hand (hence my left hand isn’t spread). Because of the curve of the sculpture and the way it reflects the light it looks like I have something on my head and very wavy arms but that is why I wanted to share this image with you.
This is the second photograph I took last night on my evening adventure around Castlefield. I was able to explore various parts of Castlefield that I had not been to before and this was taken from one of them. I was stood behind the Youth Hostel looking down the canal to the bridge. If you’re wondering what is framing this photograph, it is a railway viaduct that takes the Metrolink trams from Altrincham and Eccles into the city centre. The three photographers to the right of the bridge are fellow members of Sale Photographic Society, we were all out taking shoots of the area for an up and coming competition. The two buildings behind the white foot bridge are old converted warehouses, the one off to the right is now the studios for Magic FM and Key 103 radio stations. I am not sure what the building in the middle is but I am guessing it is offices.
Castlefield is one of my favourite areas of the city of Manchester and has became the UK’s first designated Urban Heritage Park. It was traditionally a very industrial area, with interesting railway viaducts and canal systems. Living within about ten minutes walk of this part of the city I come here a lot to take pictures and regular readers will have seen this view point a number of times. I think this is one of the better and probably last photograph I will publish from this spot. I find this image an amazing contrast of old traditional industrial England with the modern architecture of the Beetham Tower or Manchester’s Hilton hotel in the background. This 48 floor tower was completed last year after its two year construction and now completely dominates the cities skyline. I think it is interesting how one building can completely change the look of a place. I took this picture this evening as part of a photography club competition, the weather turned out great so I thought I would show you, I hope you like it.
Taken back in March of this year, the photograph above shows the fishing pond at Abney Hall Park. It was a lovely day when we went, Claire and I had a great picnic. It is definitely somewhere I hope to go back to this summer. Apart from the few twigs in the bottom left hand corner of this picture I really like the image. I realise it doesn’t have a particular focal point but I wanted to share the image to show you want a nice place Abney Hall Park is. More of an afternoon walk / picnic place rather than a full day out, but I know that many people don’t know where the park is or have never been to it.