I’d previously shot part of this street for an album in 2007, and had been perversely fascinated by the soulessness of the metal grills covering the windows and doors. It saddens me that so many streets like this, in the working class districts of proud cities like Manchester, Salford and Liverpool, now lie abandoned and neglected.
This is partly due to the preference of local councils to claim valuable funds from central government to promote new developments, rather than renew and renovate existing areas. The trouble is that these streets, and the communities within them, have survived for generations: providing succour, security and shelter close to the city centre. They weren’t perfect, but have the potential to be updated and reinvigorated much more cost-effectively than new developments, and without disrupting the social fabric of these areas.
This meek snow flurry heralded the start of a heavy week of snow … captured in the snapshot of a flash just as the natural light disappeared behind the gloom.
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