Analogue Street images of Manchester – Part 2 (120)

Unlike the 35mm of which I had 1 roll developed at the time I developed a number of 120 rolls. I am finding the shot count to be better for my creativity, and in many cases my patience. I am a product of the current climate of seeing what I shoot right away, as much as I try to not be like this all the time it is not always easy. Sometimes you just really would like to know how well that shot just came out, or the shot which you shot 2 weeks ago, is it ok?

Street Photos Of Manchester



I really enjoy the detail available with 120 film, I am shooting with standard basic Ilford HP5+ film on my 120 at the moment. With film photography I have been surprised at the impact all the different decisions have on the end result. With digital it is maybe the same from body to body, but in the case of film, the film grain, the development chemicals and if printed the darkroom papers and processing used all impact the final product!




The thing that grabbed my attention with this is that even though it was taken in rush hour, in a very quiet section of a busy area. It looks as though it could have been lifted from a 60’s photograph. The contrast of the light and the architecture is really appealing to me, waiting for a man in a suit to frame in the composition didn’t take as long as I expected.




Architectural Shots

Below are some shots from around Manchester; including Spinningfields, John Rylands, Manchester Cathedral and the filing cabinet building (Civil Justice Centre).



Revisiting an old favourite for myself, shot with a tilt-shift lens after this shot, but it appeared in a previous post. Really enjoy shooting through the branches in Spinningfields.


Below is a shot from the rear of the Town Hall in the city centre.






Above an image on a beautiful blue day of the cathedral, not that impressed with this one, maybe a stormy day would have more impact.


Below an image from the same day within the Cathedral. This is probably my favourite image I have taken on film so far, this is a product of taking my time over the metering of the area, having a good idea of what I wanted from the end product and then being able to actually get it which I was very happy about.




The Filing Cabinet building, again in Spinningfields, provides great symmetry.






Below an experiment with long exposures on film, the below was a 1-2second exposure indoors. The ceiling in the building is phenomenal and the stonework is beautiful. I think this area offers a great vantage point too.




Landscaped Parks

The final image was shot at Longford Park on a very sunny autumn day, the symmetry again grabbed me on this one, and like the praying man in the Cathedral I am very very pleased with the end result of this image.



Thanks for reading.