Over the May bank holiday I took a trip to Manchester to shoot some new ideas for personal projects. I focused on two different types of photography, modern architecture and documentary. My partner is fantastic at finding locations for photography and he found a great open urban space that is currently in the process of being redeveloped. What caught my eye was the contrast between the bright green grass and the building far in the background. I shot a series of images that reflected this in a documentary style.
During my first year at university I produced a project (themed around ‘Place’) that looked at urban space vs green space. I took a series of shots in Maidenhead that reflected the town as an area that is about to go through change. Documenting the urbanisation was important during the project as part of the aim was to show the comparison between the old green space and the new developments and the new manicured green spaces that came with them. The set of shots that I shot for this series deals with the same themes. I wanted to show an area that’s about to go through change and document it in the present day.
Photos from my Place Project
I also visited Media City which was my favourite place throughout the weekend. I loved photographing all the modern buildings and being right in the centre of ITV studios. It was a great day with blue skies and clouds. This was perfect for shooting buildings with cloud reflections.
On the second day, I focused on modern architecture. I looked at reflections and how these large buildings sit in the city of Manchester and the different types of buildings. I shot these looking up, so that the buildings appear as giants and give an abstract effect. This is my unique style of shooting and I really love seeing the impact in post-production. I think these angles not only show off the building but also the details and how it sits in the light.
I really enjoy getting out and about with my camera, Manchester was a successful trip and another fantastic city that I can tick off my list. I have new material for my upcoming exhibition in November which is really exciting, as well as a brand new documentary style project in the making. Watch this space!