Not Quite Light: Atmospheric photographs of Manchester at dawn look like oil paintings

This photography series by Simon Buckley is a glorious celebration of the urban heart of Manchester. The images will be exhibited next month at the Not Quite Light weekend (1-3 April) – an event to explore the social history of the city.

Via direct submission. All images by Simon Buckley

Via direct submission. All images by Simon Buckley

More akin to oil paintings than photographs, the north and eastern edges of Manchester city centre are captured at dawn, when it's not quite light and not quite nighttime. The aim of the project is to explore themes of regeneration and heritage.

Simon explains: “The phrase ‘change is inevitable but progress isn’t' kept coming back to me. Manchester is going through a huge transition. Heritage is more than just bricks and mortar, it’s a state of mind. I wanted to ask the question: what are we as Manchester? If you’re knocking something down, what are you going to put in its place? You’ve got to be careful you don’t demolish the soul of a city whilst you’re running rampant, hoping to make it better.

“I’d like this to start a debate and the way to do that was to collaborate with others, using the photographs as a catalyst for people to think about the change around us.

“In 20 or 30 years, someone else will have an opinion on the city. I’d like to think I’m creating social history through my photographs, leaving clues for historians to see exactly how I feel the city is developing.”

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