This scene reminds me of Art Kanes photograph from his series “A great day in harlem”. The fact that there is no people and just a building at first seems dull but the more you look at it your eye becomes hooked to the door in the centre. The shadow of the centre works well as it casts your attention.
Ancoats is turning into a 21st century creative area. However there is still the original mill buildings and housing buildings. It is almost like being back in the 60s where maintenance on the buildings would be carried out. Creating nostalgia is appealing to those who are familiar with that time period, but also to those who are interested in seeing what life used to be like.
This is a recreation of the image i looked at on Deansgate with the trams. I wanted to recreate a modern perception off what public transport is like today. Using leading lines and a striking composition i feel this image works and has clear similarity to the image i researched.
Some parts of ancoats are rundown and abandoned and this is the message i am portraying in this image. Using a deep depth of field i wanted everything in the frame in focus but have the fence distort it to create visual interest.
Abandoned and not a pleasant sight.
This seems to be the case in some parts of Ancoats due to the decay in the buildings. This i believe is some part of the sewer system. One of my aims was to show the fall of the industrial revolution and this shows it well as you get the feel of the place and can sense what it is like now without the workers and families. Using a shallow depth of field was a good choice but i could not have the background completely out of focus as it would have hidden to much of the story.
Taken in Ancoats also this frame just catches your eye. The most interesting part is knowing the history of the place and looking at what it has become. The old and gritty feel is still there in the buildings but the shapes and lines of the exterior designing give it a clean look. The composition was thought about as i wanted to get shapes with different tones all over the image.
Metallic and clearly 21st century. This next to a image of a building in Ancoats would be interesting to look at, to see the difference in how people live and work. I am not entirely happy with this shot as just after i had taken it there was a great moment to capture a gentleman in a suit bang on in the middle of the doors, this would have given the scene more information.
I liked this scene as there was nothing relatively new in terms of architecture. The clouds were out but this went in my favour as there was limited light but the light that was there was hitting parts of this church which gives the whole image a stormy and eye catching effect.
I like the tonal range in this image as from the bottom it has darker tones then gradually gets lighter just like the exposure chart. Also with the 4 windows the parking meter in the middle separates and brings the image to life. Simplicity and desolation are the main meanings to this image.
After my shoot in ancoats i was on my way back into the city centre when i discovered this canal. Taking a few shots i felt something was missing so i walked over a bridge and saw this scene. Instantly it reminded me of the works of Andre Kertesz. The clean tonal range and slightly distorted reflection in the water, this image has a lot to offer to something with a keen eye for photography.
Creating nostalgia with the sweet shop in the background i have created an interesting perspective here. I have froze this moment with the use of a slower shutter speed. There is a triangle of whites in the centre and then it gradually darkens outside of the triangle.
Overwhelmed that i had randomly ran into the Leica store i admired the cameras in the window for a while. The high contrast from inside the shop worked well against the strong shadows and the highlights from the reflection in the window.
On previous shoots i had been staying in a certain are so on the shoot i took this image i decided to just start choosing roads and streets randomly to go down. I discovered this barber shop just outside the main part of the city centre. The layout of everything just caught my eye due to the stances of the two gentleman to the different object in the barber shop. There is also an interesting edge to this as it seems like everything has just stopped to look at something. That something was the reflection of me taking a photo in the mirror.
Another ironic image.
The majority of my project has been looking at the change of Manchester in a serious way and documenting the 21st century way of living. I decided to throw in a different perspective to make it more interesting.
Here there are 3 points of interest which creates a converging triangular composition. This i feel is very interesting and take a good eye for detail to get right. It seems as if the workers have stopped working and are looking to see why there is a police car there, however there is no police officers in sight this means there is more to this scene than the eye can see. If i had to change anything about this image it would be to remove the no entry sign as i feel it is a bit distracting.