I finished making photos for my A Better Light project some time ago, and shall soon publish it as an artist’s book.
I’m now working on a geographically wider project, Lesser Monuments, of which the comparative Birley Fields photos are part.
Birley Fields, Hulme (2013.05.19)
Birley Fields, Hulme (2012.08.04)
Manchester Hardcourt Bike Polo (2012.08.22)
Manchester Hardcourt Bike Polo players practising at Powerhouse, Moss Side in advance of the London Open and Hell’s Belles tournaments.
Reggae street party, Hulme (2012.06.01)
Martin’s, Fallowfield (2012.09.07)
As well as providing haircuts and shaves, many barbers are also a social venue for the area’s non-drinking community, some open late into the evening. The wider clientelle is determied by specific location; Martin’s has a broad mix of local residents and students.
Pinzgauer 710, Rusholme (2012.09.04)
Princess Road Bus Depot site, Moss Side (2012.07.11)
This open land is the former site of the Stagecoach depot, which I photographed the week after its closure in March 2011. The depot was more recently demolished and the land cleared. Details of its the future use have yet to be published, but I understand from the working group that it will be temporarily seeded as a flower meadow before being used for housing and a small community orchard.
The light on this day was different from any other of the summer, resulting in a very saturated blue sky - a good counterpart to the rich colour of the sand, but quite an unusual appearance, accentuated by the single height of flat clouds. As such, the photograph is visually different from others in the series, but this matches the similar contrast of land usage.
Old Trafford and Hulme (2012.06.18)
Looking towards Salford
Mega Mela, Platt Fields Park (2012.08.26)
People walk between the various attractions at the Mela in Platt Fields Park. A little too small on screen, in the print one can see the individual stalls, and Sukshinder Shinda performing on stage.