I left New Islington Basin and walked back to Great Ancoats Street, crossed via Port Street to Newton Street and then on to Portland Street. That took me past Piccadilly Gardens and towards St Peter’s Square and the Town Hall area.
I saw the scene above – could you call artwork as good as that graffiti? – on the side of a building that seemed to have a history based in tailoring – perhaps a sewing factory. I loved the skillfull depiction of a fabric tape, hands deftly sewing and a worker’s stained hands, sandwiched between two buildings – one apparently unchanged and the other modernised.
Around the junction of Faulkner Street and Nicholas Street, I entered Manchester’s Chinatown. This beautiful arch framed a view of Faulkner Street as it crossed Princess Street and headed for the Novotel ahead (sorry about the inclusion of a litter bin, but cropping to exclude it would have sacrificed part of the arch!).
I crossed Faulkner Street for a shot of the side of the arch as I looked back up Nicholas Street. Stunning! at least in my eyes.
From where I was standing when I took the side image of the arch, when I looked back over my shoulder, I saw these steps inviting me into a car parking area. I accepted the invitation.
Once across the raised, canopied area, I turned to look back towards the road junction that I had left. I was smitten by this exotic taste of the Orient in Central Manchester and would love to have lingered – perhaps had a meal in one of the local restaurants – but I had a long way to walk yet and it was already mid-morning. Another time, perhaps.
Before I continued my journey, however, I couldn’t resist this peep back along Faulkner Street.
In tomorrow’s post we reach St Peter’s Square and an altogether different type of architecture.
At the beginning of my journey this day, I took a diagonal short-cut from Great Ancoats Street to Newton Street. On my way along Port Street, I came across this striking mural, by graffiti artist Akse, of Ian Curtis – Joy Division. The Graffiti includes the following credit to ‘Murani based on original photo by Philippe Carly’.
EXIF Data were: I used my Fujifilm X-T4, 26 MP, cropped-sensor, mirrorless camera paired with a Fujinon XF 16-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens,. Shutter speed was 1/320 secs @ f/4 and 15.1 mm. ISO was 160.