Manchester Night Prowl

Rail House
Rail House

Light & Form

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. 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 backstreets around Piccadilly, lit in that peculiar ineffectual yellow sodium light that was so 1960s noir-ish. 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 with a black and yellow pallet – well almost.

  • Taken: 2 November, 2017
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Shutter speed: 2s
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal length: 50mm
Capital Centric
Capital Centric
Bridgewater Hall
Manchester Hilton

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