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Late night tales with Timmy Diamond

Enjoying some late night entertainment and silliness after a Jam Street Café session. Timmy Diamond usurps Tim Inserted from his normal place behind the decks … just before the crazy Ibizan liquor came out to finish us all off for the night …

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Snow flurries, working class heritage

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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Greg Wilson opens ‘Electrospective: Manchester Pre-Rave ’82-’88’

Seminal north west DJ and producer, Greg Wilson, opens proceedings at the Electrospective event. Held in the artistic hub of Islington Mill in Salford, the event aimed to highlight the creative and cultural importance of Manchester’s dance and music scene during the 80s. Discussions and showcases shone a light on the relatively undocumented period of 1982 to 1988, as new music influences and techniques helped shape a generation of young, mixed audiences; and lay a template for the dj culture/house/rave era which followed.

Greg Wilson opens Electrospective at Islington Mill, Salford

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Greg’s undisguised passion and knowledge of this fertile period of Manchester’s musical history underpinned the event, and he chaired a discussion with four of the major DJs of the time: Hewan Clarke, Colin Curtis, Chad Jackson and Mike Shaft. Their anecdotes, opinions, musical knowledge and sheer enthusiasm gave a fascinating insight into the late 70s and 80s in Manchester. During a few hours genres such as post-punk, jazzfunk, soul, electrofunk, hip hop, electronic disco and proto-house were covered, alongside clubs like the Haçienda, Legends, Rafters, The Gallery, Angels and others.

Two core pillars of B-Boy culture: breaking and graffiti, were also represented by the Broken Glass and Street Machine crews, and Gecko. Unfortunately I had to leave before the breaking and DJing started, but I’d attended the Broken Glass reunion gig in 2004, and expect the floorwork was equally good this time round. Special mention must go to Tim ‘Bones’ Forde, whose documentary ‘The Birth of the British B-Boys’ was shown on rotation at the event. His introduction and tribute to a former crew member added poignacy to the event. You can watch his raw and passionately personal account here on YouTube.

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Space Cadets inflatables at the Lowry, Salford

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The Church of St Philip’s with St Steven, Salford

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A panoramic exploration of this delightful late Georgian church, designed in 1825. This Anglican church is still home to regular worship, and remains well-kept and loved. One of the most impressive landmarks in the historic centre of Salford: more information on the church can be found here.

This was my first ‘real’ panorama, after several test shoots elsewhere I felt ready to try out something more ambitious. Thanks to Rev. Andy Salmon for letting me photograph the church.

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