Buy Art Fair / The Manchester Contemporary, Spinningfields

The North’s biggest art fairs return to Manchester! Thursday evening saw preview evenings at both Buy Art Fair, and The Manchester Contemporary: their busiest and best ever.

Despite a rainy day, the weather behaved itself properly as guests streamed into the bespoke marquee set up in Manchester’s Spinningfields, and Quay House, to view the biggest selection of contemporary art either exhibition has yet displayed. Both events ran until Sunday 30th September.

We captured a range of 360° panoramic views of the opening evening and over the weekend: whether you were there with us, or if you couldn’t make it in person, you can now experience the thrill of both exhibitions virtually.

[Update] The organisers have revealed the whole weekend was a colossal success: the number of visitors, and the volume of art sales to those visitors, was up significantly on any previous year. Over 7000 unique visitors across four days… another example to suggest Manchester can claim to be second only to London in terms of both audience receptiveness and cultural significance.

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Exterior aerial view of the Buy Art Fair marquee, showing the last rays of sunset lighting the sky above Spinningfields

The entrance area of Buy Art Fair 2012 marquee in Spinningfields

Buy Art Fair marquee – rear of marquee with photographer Bill Ward and a selection of his work, as well as the band

The Manchester Contemporary – busy scenes in Room 1 on the opening night

The Manchester Contemporary – Ceri Hand Gallery, Conway, Anne-Marie Ros Projects – NL in Room 3 on the opening night

The Manchester Contemporary – Rokeby in Room 2 on the opening night

The Manchester Contemporary – The International 3 in Room 2 on the opening night

Exterior aerial view of the Buy Art Fair marquee on Saturday, with sun breaking out over Spinningfields

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Bonfire Night across Manchester from MediaCityUK

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Here’s a sneak peek at some footage I shot on Bonfire Night, as part of a wider collaborative project. I’ve got a long tradition of shooting timelapses of November 5th (here’s a link to an epic one from 2006) but this was particularly fun to shoot.

A grandstand view, 22 stories up in an apartment in MediaCityUK, using 2x Canon EOS DSLRs, and 3x GoPro Heros. The panorama above gives you a better idea of the location, and the attachments for the GoPros. Below are two of the timelapse videos I shot on the night: there are full descriptions of both on their respective Vimeo pages.

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Setting sun, rising stars… an HDR timelapse over Manchester

This dramatic timelapse was commissioned as part of the highlights video production for the recent Manchester International Festival. We’ve been working on extremely high-resolution timelapse footage for many years, specialising in capturing the subtleties and richness which conventional techniques cannot do justice to.

Working with long-term film partners Toasted Productions, Anti Limited shot this piece across the Manchester skyline, which you can watch as part of the MIF 2011 highlights film on the link below.

I’m pleased to announce it’s also been chosen to be incorporated into a regular broadcast feature on the digital ‘Community Channel’ in the UK, starting in November 2011. This, alongside some of Anti Limited’s other cutting-edge high dynamic range timelapse material, will feature in the credits for ‘UK360’, a news programme covering the whole country. Obviously we’re more than happy to be helping to represent the North West!

Special thanks to MIF for allowing this piece to be licensed by the non-for-profit Media Trust, so it will be seen by an even wider audience.

Graduale Nobili choir live in Festival Square during MIF

I’ve been shooting a series of official panoramas at this year’s Manchester International Festival, working for Toasted Productions on their wider media package for the festival. Now in its third year, MIF is going from strength to strength, with another selection of well-received original productions encompassing the full artistic spectrum. All of which helps Manchester make an even bigger mark on the global cultural map.

The location for this view is Festival Square, when Albert Square outside the City Hall is transformed into a cosmopolitan continental village for two weeks. On this, the opening weekend, we couldn’t have been luckier with the weather. Mancunians basked in the warm sun, and in the dulcet tones of this choir performing a cappella to the crowd.

Graduale Nobile are a 24 piece choir from Iceland, and they’ve been in Manchester for the last few weeks to support Björk‘s new show, Biophilia. I saw the opening night of Biophilia and truly loved it: an inspirational, ambitious and unpredictable performance with a host of talented performers… including this choir*. With its octagonal set and incredible visuals I would love to have shot a 360° of the Biophilia set…

Incidentally this panorama has already been published on the MIF website, but for the Flash version I’ve taken the liberty of adding some audio of the choir which I’d captured at the time. This hopefully gives a more powerful impression of the sheer impact and joy of their performance on this gorgeous summer’s evening.

*I’ve not been exposed to this much choral music since I was at school (I can still summon up parts of Orff’s Carmina Burana and Handel’s Messiah almost verbatim when prompted!) And if you, like me, are interested in all things Icelandic, you may enjoy some panoramas I shot there in 2008, on a short but perfect autumn break.

HTML5 version

Click the icons above to view a fullscreen 360° view of the scene with Flash (for desktop) or HTML5 (for mobile). You can also view the location in Google Earth. Happy viewing!

High above Salford, in high res…

I shot this as part of a project with Toasted Productions earlier this year – it’s a view from the roof of the Heart apartment building at MediaCity UK in Salford. You can see the final work on the MediaCity UK website. as part of a series of 360° views showcasing the show apartment of this headline development.

Recently Garden Gnome Software released Pano2VR 3.0b, featuring a multi-resolution Flash panorama display option. I thought this scene would benefit from a higher resolution version of the fantastic view across Manchester and Salford, so here’s a test version.

Click below for a full screen 360° view of the scene with Flash, to see the location in Google Earth, or to view an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch compatible version.