A bit of a preamble to the main event, but I thought it was worth sharing with you all. From 31st July, I'll be exhibiting a selection of my Manchester landscapes in the Bay Horse Pub on Thomas Street, in the Northern Quarter.
How did this come about I hear you all ask?
Well it would appear all the hard work sorting my SEO out on my website has done the trick... no seriously, the lovely Yvonne, joint-owner of the Bay Horse got in touch a little while back and asked if I would be interested having seen my photography online. Needless to say I said yes.
I think it's fair to say and I am probably blowing my own trumpet here, but the one thing think I am becoming known for, are my gritty black and white landscape photographs of Manchester. I also think that having spent most of my career working in and around Manchester city centre, I have become fairly intimately acquainted with its' quirky little nooks and crannies as well as the main city landmarks.
What I'm drawn to shooting are the less obvious urban landscapes that captures the industrious essence from the past and present that Manchester is made of. But I also appreciate the shiny new architecture and tourist attractions that the regenerated Manchester offers for photographers.
It's fairly easy to get the dark and gritty urban style I have developed to work in any weather on old urban decay photographs, so I have been working hard to develop this across all the various types of architecture and urban landscapes I shoot in Manchester including colour photographs.
I chose Industrious Manchester as the title for my exhibition because I felt the definition really sums up what my home city is about - diligent and hard-working, an industrious people striving to make their city prosper. I don't think there's a better way to describe Mancunians or Manchester.
A good friend of mine once said that one thing I needed to do is find a voice in my photography. I do hope for my sake and everyone who has to sit next to one of my Manchester landscapes in the Bay Horse, that I've managed to do this.
The exhibition will be on for around 12 weeks and the prints that are featured will be available to buy behind the bar, and of course from this website. Hope you can make it along and sample the photographs in real life rather than on a screen.