Tuesday, 3 August 2010

And on the 7th day, God created MANchester...



Anyone who knows me will tell you how fiercely I adore Manchester...

I grew up in a village about 20 miles outside and Manchester was my Mecca. Saturday afternoons were spent traipsing around Afflecks Palace, buying ridiculously baggy jeans from Grin, beads from The Bead Shop and stifling giggles while looking at the strange rubber clothes and other paraphernalia in that weird shop on the first floor. Then we'd buy a bit of vintage adidas or a pair of cords or two and get our picture taken by one of those machines that produced little stickers (taking care to stick one of them to the machine, to make our mark), all finished off with a cheese sandwich and a drink in the cafe on the top floor. Happy days.


Of all the cities I've been to, Manchester is still my favourite. Sometimes though, when daily life takes over, and you're in a hurry, you don't take notice of your surroundings. You don't look up. You don't look to the side. You can miss a lot of hidden gems. Like this little violin playing dude and Queen V...


If there's one thing I love almost as much as my fair city, it's a well executed bit o' graffiti. Over the years I've collected a wealth of photographs from all over the world. New York, Berlin, Barcelona, Krakow. I even did my A Level Art project on graffiti. It was called "Wall Painting: From Prehistoric to Present Day" and I loved every minute of doing it. Even now, if I spot a bit of brightly decorated wall, I have to whip my camera out and record it. I had a bit of time to kill on Sunday afternoon so I spent an hour or so wandering around the Northern Quarter and taking photographs.


The Metrolink: A Manchester institution. You've not lived until you've been caught ticketless and been forced to bat your eyelashes at the barabaric ticket inspectors, in an attempt to stave off a £20 fine.


Every once in a while it's really rather nice to just stop and look around. There's so much colour in amongst the grey concrete, if you just take the time to seek it out and appreciate it.


13 comments:

Amy said...

Wow. I think if we had graffiti in my tiny little nowhere town, then I'd be taking photos of it too. Some of those pictures are absolutely gorgeous.

Sadly, all we get is meaningless scrawls, or someone writing "Nikki n Kev woz ea 09" on the boarded up window of a run-down house. Boo.

Meg! said...

Jeez that is a lot of awesome graffiti! I haven't even noticed any in my city yet. I'm super jealous of you living in such a cool city, at any rate.

smidge said...

I love Manchester too and Afflecks Palace was my teenage years too!

Those are great photos, we dont have that kind of art work here, i wish we did :)

lipsticklori said...

I miss Manchester. I studied there and hung around for a bit afterwards - 9 years in total. Such a friendly and vibrant city.

miss*H said...

That graffiti is gorgeous! Sadly where I live our graffiti consists of swear words and squiggles...not quite art!

Teresa Evangeline said...

There are some amazing street artists, aren't there? Everywhere, once we start looking, as you suggested. A friend of mine in Maine, USA, takes photos of train graffiti. Quite stunning, actually, especially when it includes a bit of the metal works for doors and such. I think of it as traveling art exhibits.

emilywilson said...

i live just under an hour away from manchester, in preston, and am going this afternoon to hit american apparel.
i love manchester city, but your so right. when you go somewhere so many time you forget to take it all in. i used to go to afflecks palace aswell :) xxx

TheBCH said...

despite living here and spending alot of time once upon a time in the city, I have never seen anything like this, I don't know where to look to find it and I generally don't know my way around that well. sad in a way. as far as I know I've never been in the northern quarter! I don't know where it is. How pathetic, I need a tour guide in my own city!

Jenn from Much to my delight said...

Fantastic post!! I feel the same way about NY, where I live. I adore stumbling on terrific graffiti and really do appreciate it as an art form. I really love the gallery you've created of beautiful colors and shapes.

Shelby said...

These are amazing photographs. Yes, the colors are amazing but the photos themselves are great!

Chez said...

Wow, I would love to go to Manchester, in fact I may be moving up later this year. The graff looks amazing, reminds me of Stokes Croft in brizzle. Absolutely loving your blog!

Southerners from the North said...

so true. love living in manchester atm. had to dodge the metrolink ticket people once. funny experience.
those are really lovely pictures. makes me see the grafitti in a very different way.

FASHION PROJECT said...

i love your blog, i love finding local blogs. i go to uni in manchester :)
i love your style. i used to do all of the same things in afflecks. its a great place to go and explore for a few hours !
im following your blog, feel free to follow back :)
love FASHIONPROJECT. x