Piccadilly Plaza, #2
Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester
originally built by Covell Matthews & Partners: 1959-65
pavillion by Tadao Ando: 2002
Kendals Milne Department Store, Deansgate Manchester
JS & JW Beaumont, 1938
Grade II Listed
cost at time of building £750,000
(this view from King Street West)
from series manchester the modern city
loving these maps by Emanuele Pizzolorusso. perfect for those whose map skills don’t extend to folding paper! the pattern of crumpled lines on top of the map’s surface seems a great representation of those many networks of connections across our cities.. i’ll be sure to get my hands on some!
Just picked this up. Here in the studio we are becoming big fans of these titles. The detailed drawings, the often crazy explanatory text and the frankly beautiful format. There is also obviously a nostalgia trip element to these books too. Lets face it 50’s/60’s/70’s ephemera is just looking so so good right now and it’s popularity is constantly increasing . The need or want to collect, uncover or find lost and forgotten ‘treasures’ is manifesting itself in shops, online and through the rummaging in your grandparents, parents or aunts houses to marvel at that lovely piece of time encrusted ‘stuff’. It all tells a story which right now more and more of us want to hear.
urbanautica: PHOTOTALKS: 'SCOTT CONARROE' -
1. You photograph within a tradition in which travel or a road trip becomes part of the process. How much do you prepare regarding locating sites. Also, since the photographs are made from an elevated position I am interested to know whether you sense photographic opportunities from the ground…
The images detached from every aspect of life fuse in a common stream in which the unity of this life can no longer be reestablished. Reality considered partially unfolds, in its own general unity, as a pseudo-world apart, an object of mere contemplation. The specialization of images of the world is completed in the world of the autonomous image, where the liar has lied to himself. The spectacle in general, as the concrete inversion of life, is the autonomous movement of the non-living. — Guy-Ernest Debord: The Society of the Spectacle (1955)
Transition - New Art Gallery, Walsall.
An exhibition of photographs I took of a year of change at Walsall Manor Hospital is on now at the New
Art Gallery Walsall.
The hospital has moved from buildings up to 100 years old, to a purpose-built, and PFI-financed site. I
photographed this transition throughout 2010, focusing primarily on the sense of community at the hospital.
The exhibition runs until June 18th, and will then be installed permanently in the new hospital building
later this year.
After a conversation in the office about whether you should be able to take your car on a train we landed on this. The thought being that you could get on a train up north with your trusty motor and end up darrn sarf having relaxed etc on board a train of luxury and comfort. Now, an office visitor has actually experienced this kind of journey and it turns out that is a slight fantasy compared to his actual experience. But hey, who cares………i’m just loving the idea and the amazing pics and graphics which accompany the U.K motorail system of the 60’s and 70’s. A piece of forgotten history right there.
More bits and bobs on this wonderful idea will follow.