The Last Stand
This is a picture of a Salford building, City Wharf, which is being demolished as part of a regeneration project. Not everyone is happy with the plans, which aim to mirror Manchester’s success on the Salford side of the river. The building is shown here making a ‘last stand’, against the backdrop of Manchester’s Courts and commercial district
When the sun has almost set and dropped below the horizon it creates twilight, a glowing light that silhouettes objects against a bright sky. The gas holders are in metaphorical as well as physical twilight since they have also almost had their day – they are no longer required to store gas and a countrywide decommissioning programme has been announced. This picture contrasts the beauty and intricacy of the iron work with the adjacent pile of scrap metal, the likely fate of the structure.
Crane, after the rain
An extra storey is being added to the terracotta building in this picture as part of its conversion to a hotel. Intellectually I like the interplay of horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines, but the emotional pull of the picture is the optimism of the crane reaching skyward and shining brightly in the sunshine after a storm.
Remembrance of Times Past
Buildings hold a history and looking through the empty shell provokes thoughts of what was and might have been. Each brick in the multicoloured wall has been numbered with fluorescent paint, with a view to rebuilding it elsewhere.
This image shows a wall on Chapel Street, Salford, which has since been demolished as part of the regeneration programme for the area. The pigeons had taken up residence in a recess, oblivious to the impending changes.
The field of great price
The land depicted in ‘The Field of Great Price’ is Middlewood Locks, an area of Central Salford.
The picture draws visual similarities between the tower block facade and the waste ground. It records a period of stasis which has now ended - the tower block has since been reclad, and the land has been sold for development.
Salford Trinity shows Salford Cathedral flanked by two tower blocks on the Islington Estate, behind the train tracks and the graffiti-covered wall.