Before Christmas it started to snow and as much as I didn’t fancy driving far, it was a great opportunity to photograph some of my favourite scenes with their winter coats on! The day I took this I walked from Hale up through Altrincham to Dunham Massey. Although the snow had melted a little there was still enough to give the effect I was looking for. The sun was very low (as you would expect from a winters afternoon, so I am a little upset about the large shadow in the lower left hand corner of the frame. However it is extremely rare to get a chance to take pictures in the snow, especially with lovely blue skies as there were that day.
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).