Manchester Night Prowl
A recent nocturnal mini photo adventure in Manchester. It provided some interesting contrast to my normal environment which is almost completely devoid of artificial light at night – which of course can be a great blessing in its own way. Very few areas within the city are now lit by traditional or old fashioned discharge lamps. The moody, nocturnal, urban gloom of (low pressure) sodium lighting has completely disappeared from the city and is now mostly replaced by crisp metal halide or LED light which can create some extremely interesting effects in photography, not least because it seems to produce very hard well focused shadow and contrast. Still, I was on a mission to try to photography some of those old red brick Mancunian back streets around Piccadilly lit in that peculiar ineffectual yellow sodium light that was so 1960s noir-ish — but couldn’t find any, I had a mad idea to try to create some images with a Bill Brandt quality of contrast and a similar documentary style but in colour.