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.
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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 The hoarding I was looking for had been replaced by metal fencing and the developers have obviously built up around the tall concrete towers.It was good to go back to see how the construction has changed so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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
This Manchester shoot was shot on the 1st December the same as the visit to manchester’s bomb site. for this shoot my intention was to explore the city and look at the scales of the buildings, where they are positioned and detail from old to new.
I looked into this as it shows the composition building in the city works together. You have the small house-like buildings probably used as offices for a small company which their next door neighbour is a 9 story high structure.
Manchester have decided to keep historical content of the city by reusing these building, but unfortunately not all can be reused. But the ones which have been and are situated next to a new modern glass structure works very well in my opinion. For instance the image below, i think works extremely well together to portray Manchester, it had design, had great enginerring, it had history, and when i look at this image i can see more of power and wealth. over the years Manchester has been brought back to life from the days of the bomb, the place has the power to rebuild and recreate.
For this shoot i could of first of all picked a better day to shoot. I used a Nikon D700 and looking back had i known i would of used the tilt shift lens available.
After researching into Len Grant and John Davies these two photographers have influenced my Final Major Project as well as my dissertation and their photography work on Manchester City Centre caused from the IRA bomb on 15th June 1996. I wanted to go visit the site around manchester what had the most impact or a remembrance people know of. For instance, where Marks and spencer’s once was, which is now Selfridge’s retail store, I photographed and the bridge which has been rebuilt in an all glass, modern design structure. But the red postbox which stands outside by the once old, now new building wasn’t destroyed by the blast, it survived with very little damage just a few scratches. Today you’ll find there is a gold plaque attached to a memorial. The inscription says “This postbox remained standing almost undamaged on June 15, 1996 when this area was devastated by a bomb. The box was removed during the rebuilding of the city centre and was returned to its original site on November 22nd 1999”
As well as Mark’s and Spencers, The Old Wellington pub and Sinclairs Oyster bar was relocated to Shambles square from it’s original site, brick by brick to wonky floorboards and cigarette stains. These buildings managed to survive the blast due to being protected by two concrete highrise buildings on each side, but with new designs for Manchester, the building wasn’t suitable to stay on the original site.
From the early 1980’s John Davies started documenting aspects of the industrial and urban landscape of Northern England and South Wales.
The beginning of the 21st century, post-industrial cities has started to reinvent their role and image of knowledge and learning, cultural and entertainment along with shopping redevelopments and creatives.
Many developers saw opportunities in transforming buildings which are already there, like run down offices blocks- transformed into apartments, retail and bars.
These two images I’ve chosen as you can see and witness the redevelopment process going on. It also links back to Len Grant as you can see the hoarding he created for the city centre.
As well as Davies work looking at the development process, i have also looked into one of his books ‘The British Landscape’ where theres a collection of photographs ranging from cityscapes e.g. Birmingham to countryside e.g. Lake Distric.
John Davies has been a big influence on my research and accompaning text for my final year Dissertation where i deadicated a chapter on him and his photographic practice, exploring the way people can view his work as there seems to be a story behind each image but have to take the time in looking for what Davies is trying to show his audience.
My first photoshoot for my final major project I decided to take a visit to Manchester to get this project up and running and to find a direction to head towards. At first I am photographing the urban landscape and the redevelopment of buildings from historical to modern skyscrappers and the transportation links within the city.
I found within this shoot, difficult to find a direction. My next plan is to keep shooting either back in Manchester or head to another location like Leeds, to get a feel of what im aiming for.