Manchester (13/04/16) Final Photoshoot.

I decided in the last few weeks before submissions and sending off images to be printed, that I wanted to go back to Manchester to the centre where I photographed the hoarding with the construction appearing slightly at the top of the image. I just wanted to go back and reshoot see if I can improve on the image.

Contact Sheets below.

Going back to reshoot months after the first image, the place has changed and the construction site has developed. The hoarding I was looking for had been replaced by metal fencing and the developers have obviously built up around the tall concrete towers.It was good to go back to see how the construction has changed so quickly, just goes to show the equipment available to us to create these building quickly to better the community and economy

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Salford, Manchester Research & Photoshoot

Research i came across


My Photoshoot around Salford and Manchester.

I was informed by other students and tutors after they visited the area of the amount of work Salford was undergoing. So i took myself to visit the area to see what was happening. There was a mixure structures which had just been finished building/ almost ready to buildings where there in the early stages. Ive photographed both as whole images as well as close up creatng abstract pieces. Some of the images are below.

Im getting to the stage in my project where i am almost done. Right now most of the shoots are going back and relooking at sites already photographed to places i want to reshoot the image. These will be seen in futhure posts.

Liverpool Photoshoot (03/03/16)

Before my visit to Liverpool, I wanted to research into what is happing in the city. Some examples I’ve found are below and web links are attached for more information.

Regeneration Project: Liverpool Waters

Regeneration project: Cains Brewery, Liverpool.


On the 03/03/16 I ventured to Liverpool for the day to take in the sites and look at places under reconstruction as well as places already been complete, like the Liverpool One and with places what have already been completed, to create photographic work I ‘ve one for the approach of ‘abstract’. So this doesn’t show the whole place, just part and can get the viewers looking and wondering what the photograph they are looking at, is.

Sheffield Photoshoot (28/02/16)

So yesterday I decided I would go somewhere new, where I haven’t already previous photographed for this project. I knew before researching Sheffield has had plenty of redevelopment projects already happen to the city. I thought it would be good to photograph places which have been completed to view my work from that angle, but I also photographed places under construction also.

My contact sheets…

A selection of my photographs which have been edited by either cropping into the image or a little touch up with brightness and contrast. All my images I decide to do very little with them. I don’t want them to look perfect and process.

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Coming up will be a visit to Liverpool as well as Leeds.

Barnsley research & Photoshoot (24/02/16)

From a previous discussion with fellow students and tutor about my last Manchester shoot. While looking at the images with hoarding and fencing showing a place can be hidden, what’s happening behind it. They told me Barnsley could be a good place to visit as it’s under a major redevelopment project.

The council is to take over the development of the town of Barnsley after failing to attract private developers. The plans to redevelop Barnsley have been on hold for at least a decade. The council are taking over the £41 million project and give back both market traders and businesses some certainty about the future of the town. The proposals of the town include a new shopping boulevard, a revamped market hall, new town square- where concerts and fairs can be held, a state of the art library, new car park and cinema. They want the markets to be the heart of Barnsley as it’s a market town originally. They want independents there that make Barnsley unique. The council have said, ” We are not trying to be Meadowhall, Leeds or Sheffield, people will still go there, but sometimes they will come to Barnsley”.


Barnsley Photoshoot 24/02/16

On the 24/02/16 I visited Barnsley, as from what I’d heard seemed like a good place to visit as the process of demolition and redevelopment of the town was just beginning. On my visit, they had already moved stalls to different locations and the 6 story high council offices were in the process of being ripped down. The contact sheets are below.

From walking around Barnsley you can clearly see it’s a place for the elderly. There was hardly had children/young adults around. The place is extremely dated. I had spoken to a few people who live in Barnsley and were watching the ongoing demolition, one person had said,

“Well it’s a shame to see the majority of Barnsley get demolished as this is what I’ve grown up around but I believe the changes will be for the better and bring the town into the 21st century”

“ It’s about time! What they’re currently knocking down was the old council offices and it was such an eyesore to Barnsley, it was the same height as the car park (around 6 stories) but now its gone it’s so much lighter. The whole place (looking around) very dated and it hasn’t been changed for decades. The changes I hope will uplift the town and bring more people to it with the cinema, shops and state of the art library. It can only lead to positive things”






I have created the same experiments with my work as previously discussed in the last Manchester shoot and created a style of collage with the photographic work produced from this shoot. By doing this and turning my wall into a studio, it gives me the chance to view my work on a larger scale and can play around with the images, move, swap and change from other images. makes me look at what works well with one another and what doesn’t.

Manchester research & photoshoot (15/02/16)

While looking for research for sites of construction in Manchester what are about to be or are currently under development, I came across this online newspaper article where it has an interactive map where can view places around Manchester which are being built or redeveloped to then showing places which are planning to undergo changes by 2020. It was great to see how quickly a city can be transformed in 4 years.–10421927


My sketchbook showing different examples of places under or due for construction above, which can all be found on the website.

Other websites I’ve looked at are…


Manchester Photoshoot on the 15/02/2016

On the 15th February I went to visit Manchester once again but this time, my approach was different from the past visits. I wasn’t just looking at a building I wanted to view a construction site but without showing the whole area as one image as its nothing new people see it every day. I wanted to be able to get the audience viewing the work to start questioning what they were seeing.

Contact Sheet:

Take this image, for instance, I like this one of the close-ups of the metal fencing as it’s part of construction but the construction is hidden. Questioning what’s happening behind, what we can not see.


Other images I like are below. These are images, at first, were of whole construction but while looking through with my tutor, it came to my attention cropping into images can say more than what a whole picture of the subject can be.

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What I have experimented in doing, which has been influenced by Seba Kurtis professional practice talk and how he exhibited was overlaying his work to create a way to show a mixture of things in one viewing. All the images used are all to do with redevelopment and construction and I wanted to carry on in the way you question what’s going on. What’s this got to do with that image? Why has the photographer photographed that and placed in this image? What’s this trying to show?

My examples of rougly putting together work…


The Blue Hour- Simon Norfolk, Photoshoot & Exhibition.

The Blue Hour


What is the blue hour?

The blue hour is a period of the day when the light takes on a strong blue tone, each morning and evening and will normally last for a period of around 40 minutes when the sun significant distance below the horizon and the residual indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue.
Not everything can be photographed well in the blue hour. The most common subjects which are good to shoot are cityscapes, buildings-close ups and well lit, bridges, monuments and factories. The focus of the photographs, example the building needs to be lighter and have bright areas but overly bright or the areas will burn out.

Simon Norfolk- Photographer


The photographs on Simon Norfolks webpage are divided into ‘chapters’ which are part of the ‘Et in Arcadia ego’ project attempting to understand how war and the need to fight war has formed out world: how so many spaces we occupy; the technologies we use; and the way we understand ourselves are created by military conflict.
The battlefield of Afganistan and Iraq are the most obvious manifestation of this process. However, just as much ‘battlefields’- landscapes/surfaces created by war- are the extraordinary instant cities thrown up by refugees.

Tne Panorama of the October War of Liberation, Damscus

I was informed of this photographer from a tutor from a past discussion meeting of my project. I was to look into not the what he was photographing and representing but when he decided to photograph his project. Most of his images in his selection of chapters have the blue hue of the sky in his work as if he was shooting within the time frame of the Blue Hour, having the cityscapes, monuments and buildings which have been well lit, stand out. With this type of work photographing was placed, shooting when he does, gives, in my opinion, the image a whole other atmosphere, the bit eerie and a sense of fright.

My Blue Hour shoot

In a previous shoot I had started to experiment (but not knowing) the Blue hour which you can find some images from the ‘Meeting with Stella’ blog post, example…


I had set out to do experiment, in different locations of the blue hour. It’s all about timing and having the right settings on the camera and having the right equipment. My first attempt was in Manchester where I was looking at old and new buildings, I had waited around a long time for the blue hour time frame but unfortunately, on this shoot, I did not have the tripod and with the winter weather it was fairly cloudy and with it being cold, having a focused photography was tricky.


I had intended to do a blue hour shoot in Leeds, but certain circumstances, I came back to Huddersfield. While leaving Huddersfield station I thought it was a good opportunity at the time to get the tripod out and photograph the historical building which was around 4.20pm.


This image will be later shown in the Interim pop-up exhibition.Station a2 size


We as a photography course had decided to do a pop-up exhibition in an empty shop in the Byram Arcade, Huddersfield. We were asked to split into several groups and decided what each group would be doing to contribute to the exhibition, from painting, arranging prints, hanging prints, clean & tidying and take down.
Tutors had asked for us to decided whether to print in A3 or A1 or if a small series of prints to be A4.


I believe the pop-up show was a success, plenty of people turned up and was good to chat to other people and to see what their views are and how they think the show went. Was good to see students from first & second years taking part and viewing the work as it prepares them for what’s to come in the second and final years of university and what they need to plan.