Whatever impression you have of Manchester, did you know it has a lot in common with Manhattan? Local photographer David Gleave has captured its New York spirit in a new body of work.
Entitled Mangle Street Blues – Northern Quarter Portraits, his gritty black and white photographs are taken in the same part of the city that many associate with New York. Interestingly, it was a project started by accident. "I was doing portraits in Manchester and seemed to always take people to Mangle Street which provides a very interesting backdrop. It is a street in the Northern Quarter that has the look of old New York. In fact, every time they do a film in Manchester that needs to be in New York it's Mangle street."
The images show the Manchester I know and love. Yes, it's a city on the rise but it still has a beating heart that's raw, rebellious and like no other culture in the world. Gleave says it's an ongoing project, so if you're out and about in Manchester you could be his next subject.
A Manchester-based photographer, David Gleave focuses on fashion, documentary, portraits and candid street photography. He mainly shoots in black and white, using a small Ricoh GR camera wherever possible. His resulting images are usually close and gritty, giving immediate intimacy and impact.