A couple of photos from Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Just street scenes, but I thought they made for interesting subjects with plenty to look at. It would have been nice if I hadn’t broken my ankle on this day – not just because of the pain and incapacitation it caused, but also because I think I could have easily shot another roll of film had I had the rest of the day and, as I’m very happy with the way this single roll turned out, I expect I might have been similarly pleased with any more I might have made.
Olympus 35 RC & Kodak Portra 800 (shot at 400asa). Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.
Back near the start of May I visited the Photo North photography festival in Manchester. Rather foolishly I didn’t allow enough time to enjoy it thoroughly and, to make matters worse, the train there was delayed too. As a result, instead of walking to the location as planned, I ended up grabbing a taxi. The light in the station was really nice as I made my way to the cab rank, and I grabbed a few photos, including the one published here today.
This hat shop in Manchester is striking in its own right, but I waited for a passser-by to give it additional interest. By chance I managed to get the chap in a pose not too disimilar to the classic Morcambe and Wise dance. He also has a carrier bag, Eric Morcambe style. 🙂
The clock tower of Manchester town hall. At first glance I thought there was a scratch on the negative to the right of the lamppost, but it’s actually a passing aircraft. The same with the two lesser marks at top left. I thought about removing them in Photoshop, but decided against it.
This is one of the main atrium / escalator areas in the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester, UK. The design of the overhead lighting was very striking and so I took the shot. Upon scanning the negative it reminded me of the climactic scene in Steven Spielberg’s classic movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, where the alien mothership descends at Devil’s Tower (although that had fewer retail outlets and escalators if I recall correctly… 🙂 ).
People enjoy the unseasonably mild February weather by the fountain in Picadilly Gardens, Manchester.
The 35 RC’s lens had coped quite well with the conditions (shooting straight into the direction of the low sun). There’s some noticeable flaring in the shot (top left, and lower-centre right), but nothing too severe and the contrast has remained in place.