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.