This was taken last week when Manchester city centre was blanketed in snow for a day. Walking through St. Peter’s Square on my way towards the Town Hall and Piccadilly Gardens, I noticed lots of red roses placed around the memorials in the centre of the square. The way that the snow and ice lay over these bright, colourful flowers was really intriguing to me, so it had to be captured.
Late in the same day that the previous snow picture was captured, I spent my lunch hour walking around the city centre and Cathedral Gardens. I can remember when Urbis was first completed and a lot of newspapers reported that it looked like a ski-slope. Well today it really was a ski slope. Thinking about it – I wonder how much it would cost to convert? After all in Piccadilly Gardens this Christmas season there was a slope (a little smaller) where people could pay a couple of pounds to sit in a rubber ring and be pushed down it. Put some sides on the edges of this roof and remove the round air vents and that might be reality! Realistically speaking, that glass roof probably would never be able to support the weight of the equipment / people etc.
It had been snowing the night before and finally sticking, so I woke up early to get some morning shots of the city centre in the snow. However there was no light, at 7am it was still dark, but it wasn’t until after 9 or 10am that there was any real light in the sky as it was so overcast (as you can see, it was still snowing). By this time I had to go into University, so this is a photograph of Manchester School of Art in the snow – this is where I go to do my degree in Design and Art Direction (well, technically its the run down building behind this one, but its all the same school).
Today I got the bus down to take a picture of what the building looked like from the inside, as promised nearly a year ago. Snow isn’t something we get very often here in Manchester, although last night was the first time I saw it snowing in the city centre in the 18 months I have been living here. Chill Factore is within walking distance of the Trafford Centre and opened just before Christmas. The above photograph shows the main, larger slope of the two. It is 180 metres long and although smaller than it looked on the outside I’m sure from the top it looks a long bigger and steeper. Sadly I have never been skiing or snow boarding and didn’t get a chance to today, it is quite expensive when you have to hire the kit and as much as it might be a hobby which I would probably enjoy, it isn’t a hobby that I can currently justify as a poor student.
The technical side of this photograph was quite tricky, as mentioned above I rarely see snow and this one of my first photo shoots in the snow. I found that if I over exposed the image by a stop or more it would trick the cameras built in light metering and not give the snow a gray look to it. Maybe next time I go I will take a tripod with me and experiment more with settings, apertures and long exposures. Or hire a snowboard and see if I can get a photo from the top looking down!