On Sunday I went on a camera safari across Manchester. I sort of ended up guiding the group through the city centre and got so engrossed in that and talking to people about the history of the route that me actually taking pictures stopped.
I did take some at the the beginning of the safari while we were at the market outside the John Ryland’s Library and the extraordinary Armani store building in Spinninfields. Winston, who is the face of Bib & Tucker Neckerchiefs, was there doing a meet and greet with all the people at the market. He’s a popular fixture at this market.
Here are some of the pictures I took while I was still taking pictures. All those glass buildings in that part of the city reflect each other and the sky and make taking interesting pictures easy even for a ‘point and press’ photographer like me.
This is Lincoln House across the street from the John Rylands Library where Brazennose Street meets Deansgate. Nearby is Lincoln Square with its statue of the American president in the middle, hence the name. I noticed that hoardings have been put around it and the building next to it. The reason is, in spite of it only being built in the 1980s, it is doomed. There was a fashion for mirror glass buildings in the late 80s inspired partially by the opening credits of a programme called ‘Dallas’ where mirror glassed skyscrapers reflected the wide Texan skies. This was one of Manchester’s attempts to copy the style.
Neither of the doomed buildings is in a bad way but they do occupy a prime site across the street from Manchester’s very successful business district of Spinningfields. This building will extend the business district down Brazennose Street and capitalise on the area’s success. This is what it will look like. It looks a bit like No.1 St. Peter’s Square but in red stone to reflect the buildings in this part of town including the John Ryland’s that it will face. Do the hoardings going up tell us demolition is imminent?