As a Manchester Landscape Photographer I often get asked why I don’t shoot more landscapes or cityscapes of Manchester. I love getting out of the city to shoot Yorkshire, Lake & Peak District Landscape photographs, but I thought, “what a good question”.
It’s so easy to not notice the familiar in your life. I’m in Manchester every day and when I stop and just look around myself I really do notice new things all the time. The photographers trick of turning around on a walk often gives you an entirely different composition and perspective on what you’ve just seen. Do that when walking around a built up city and the viewpoints and angles change daily. Even the same walk during different times of the year throws up all sorts of new light and atmosphere. But you only see these if you choose to actually look around yourself.
So I’ve made a concerted effort to try and shoot more locations, architecture and urban landscapes with Manchester over the last few months. I have to say, although I’m biased, I love this city. The history, heritage, the roll it played in the development of the western world with the industrial revolution, invention of the worlds first computer, I could go on…
Anyway, as a direct result of this influence Manchester has had the amount and diversity of architecture is truly spectacular. From its spectacular town hall, Castlefield, the Central Library, Manchester Central Station (now known as GMEX), the huge brick warehouses, John Rylands Library, its intricate canal network, churches through to modern buildings like Beetham Tower and Urbis. Even the textile merchants built incredible buildings to try and get one up on their neighbouring counterparts.
All of this has left Manchester with a wealth of photographic landscape opportunities, many of which I need to explore, but I thought I share some of my Manchester landscapes with you now.
You never know, I may even do a Manchester Landscapes calendar at some point.
Build in 1894 this predominently wrought iron viaduct is a through lattice girder design of around 330m in length, comprising eight spans. It carried trains in and out of Manchester Central (now known as GMEX) until the station’s closure in 1969.
Built in 1831, the Shipping shed, also known as transit sheds, enabled the fast transfer of goods between rail and road wagons. This was particularly important for perishable goods, such as fruit and vegetables.
A landmark 47-storey skyscraper in Manchester, England. Completed in 2006, it is named after its developers, the Beetham Organisation, and was designed by Ian Simpson. At a height of 168 metres (551 ft), it is the tallest skyscraper in Manchester, the eleventh tallest building in the United Kingdom and the tallest building outside London. On a clear day it is visible from ten English counties
A theatre, gallery and conference centre, the Lowry was opened in 2000 and named after the early 20th century
painter, L. S. Lowry.
A huge development project on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford and Trafford it became one of the
first and largest urban regeneration projects in the UK after the closure of the dockyards in 1982. Now home to
the BBC, Granada Television including the relocated Coronation Street set.
My Manchester urban landscapes poster features 35 small photos of small details spotted whilst walking round the city.