“Lowry and the Manchester landscape” an article written by Anne M. Wagner, explores a number of drawing Lowry made and exhibited in the 1930s of the area known as Ancoats. At that time a particularly notorious (and visually grim) Manchester slum. The challenge was to locate the 5 areas and photograph what now stood in their place.
Even though Ancoats in a hugely popular and regenerated artisan area, there are still pockets that have almost been forgotten.
Working through the list of locations there were just three that remained. Although one was just a wall with an engraved stone telling the reader what the site used to be.
The locations included:
- Junction St, Stony Brown, now Jutland St.
- The listed Church of All Souls, Every Street, which appears in the background of a Lowry drawing.
- Every Street Settlement – I was asked to shoot the new building in Droyslden as well.
- The canal viaduct on Store Street.
Working to try and match the perspective Lowry drew, Paul was able to capture these areas in glorious digital colour.
A fantastic project to have been a part of, especially as Paul’s home city is Manchester.
You can read the full article here.