I’m still trying catch up on last weeks photographs. After the camera safari around Manchester Museum we had a wander around the campus looking for some good shots. I wasn’t sure if we were still working on the ‘we have only 12/24 shots’ idea like in the days of film, so I ignored all the dull, verging on ugly, 1960s buildings and saved my shots for the more photogenic 1930s and Victorian buildings. I think other people did as well. I thought the batteries in my camera were about to die so I used my iPhone camera. I did it quietly as almost everyone else was using their complicated black cameras including one guy who had a very complicated job you could probably filmed an Hollywood epic on. Those who knew about cameras were cooing at it like a new born. I just wondered how much it cost and how many of its features would I ever be able to master? I’m impressed with the quality of the pictures my iPhone takes. When cameras were first put on phones the quality was poor but no so anymore.
I did a couple of panoramas. I like this feature. The results are always good I find and it make me feel like a real photographer. These two are of the lawns on what was once Burlington Street. It used to be thick with traffic and buses but is now a quiet place for students to sit and study. The building on the right is the 1930s classically inspired Faculty of Arts. This part of the university reminds me of one of those Ivy League colleges on the east coast of America. I can imagine inspirational professors reading inspirational poetry to adoring students on sun lit lawns.
This is one of my favourite parts of the city. It’s part of the courtyard of the original Manchester University buildings. It reminds me of the kind of architecture you see in the quadrangles of Oxford and Cambridge colleges. The new ones of course. The old ones have architecture that goes back hundreds of years when Manchester was a tiny market town in an overlooked part of the country. The courtyard is having some work done but I managed to keep the scaffolding out of shot. Which was a pity because the best building is the courtyard is behind me.
I took a few pictures of individual buildings around the courtyard and some other photogenic parts of the campus.
We were supposed to take pictures of some of the students but there weren’t many about. It was Sunday afternoon and not many live in this area. Plus it was a bit cold. I find it difficult to take pictures of people. When they are in my shots they tend to be there because they were passing something that I wanted to shoot. I’m a bit shy and would find it difficult to go up to complete strangers and ask them if I could take a picture. And I don’t like the idea of taking surreptitious of people either. It’s intrusive. So I took these back shots of students sitting out on the lawns. Am still not comfortable with having done so.