19:22 Southbound & The Third Man

“In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed. They produced Michaelangelo, da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock”

(Harry Lime: played by Orson Welles, The Third Man)

The best part of winter is the early, cold windy nights that draw in very quickly here in the UK.

I love the night time in a major city such as Manchester. Street signs and window displays light the gloomy wet paths and direct you round this Victorian jungle.

It is also a great time to capture people going about their worlds in a film noir atmosphere.

Manchester is full of old buildings that in the dark give off a sense of claustrophobia and dread, as if they peer down on you in disgust from their high rise arrogance and compel you to the shadows of the cobbled streets below.

At night it reminds me of the dark street scenes from the classic Noir “The Third Man” a wonderful comical film that is not as entertaining as it is shocking, once you find out what Harry Lime has been up to.

Stop to look at a metro station in Central and you are transported to that Vienna feel of gothic undertones and religious intent at one side of the platform.

And on the other a 21st century social update bringing you subtly back from nostalgia.

Yes, Manchester at night can easily be mistaken for the set of The Third Man.

Of course you have to be in the right place and time to transport back to old town, and it is fare to say you could be anywhere and find yourself on your favourite movie scene.

So look up, you never know what you might find….. Old Man.

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Comrade

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Yashica 635
Kodak Tri-x 400 (120mm)
F8
1/125 sec

Nantwich Cheshire

Keeping em’ Entertained

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First day of sunshine and not a cloud in the sky, brings out the best in people. Well that plus phones and chocolate.

Reassurance

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Yashica Electro 35GSN.
F1.7.
Ilford XP2 400asa.
Epson V550

Hangin’ Out With The Krays

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As long as you give respect you get to drink with East London’s Finest.

Taken with a Yashica 635
Ilford XP2 400
Scanned from negative using Epson V550

Fast Food for a Jilted Generation

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Simple food made for peanuts, costing small fortunes in prime locations. Wheeled into place and powered by Calor magic. Old traditions do last centuries.

 

Tower Bridge, London.
FujiFilm X20.

Rush Hour Flu

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Friday 5pm London Bridge. Just in time for the weekend.

Yashica 635. Kodak Portra 400. 120mm

Freedom to Speak

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Look up and you meet interesting spies looking down.

Shot in the town of Granada, Spain.

Fujifilm X20 (RAW) App Priority.

2 Down, 8 Across

3 Down, 5 Across

5pm Friday in the business district of London is always busy. Thousands of people rushing away from the big smoke and heading towards the weekend so they can forget their rat life ways.

It’s a stressful time trying to get the tube and fighting your way through frustrated behaviours.

And through all this congestion a simple moment of calm she sits in full view whilst staying hidden.

Maybe she had time to kill.
Maybe she had nowhere to go.
Maybe waiting for the next bus, just to get a seat.

No-one cared to ask.

Or maybe, 2 Down, 8 Across was just too much of a challenge to give up now.
Yashica 635. Kodak Portra 400 ASA. 125/sec F8.