Tag Archives: alley

Propped up

Tuesday 20th August 2019, 3.40pm (day 2,917)

Propped up, 20/8/19

I have run through various scenarios as to how this air conditioning unit ended up in this situation, and none of them are very plausible. Nor are explanations as to why it should remain like this and not just be removed. But mine not to reason why.

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Bins on Chancery Lane

Friday 7th December 2018, 9.20am (day 2,661)

Chancery Lane, 7/12/18

My walking route from Manchester Victoria station to my office has been finely worked out down the years. Chancery Lane is another one of my alleys, passed while I negotiate a way round the Town Hall district that, as far as possible, doesn’t involve other people, whether in vehicles or on foot. Normally I would despair of bins appearing in a shot, as they would normally spoil it, but here I’m trying to embrace them.

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Beer barrel alley

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 9.20am (day 2,371)

Beer barrel alley, 20/2/18

So I was just walking to work from Victoria station and turned my head to the right, checking the road for traffic, and I just saw this photo. It’s turned out as I envisaged it, I think. It’s nice when that happens.

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Alley off Trafalgar Street, Brighton

Sunday 10th September 2017, 10.40am (day 2,208)

Brighton alley, 10/9/17

I do like side streets. Particularly in an attractive place like Brighton, where the graffiti artists have talent and vision, on a relatively sunny morning.

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Alley wall (health and safety issue?)

Tuesday 13th June 2017, 7.50am (day 2,119)

Overflow, 13/6/17

Second photo in a row of a wall, in effect, though this one made of bricks and mortar rather than rusting corrugated iron. Should the overflow pipe be pouring out near what appear to be a bunch of electrical cables? Probably not, but hey, it ain’t my house.

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Wednesday 17th May 2017, 9.35am (day 2,092)

Alleyway, 17/5/17

I do like a good alleyway. They are the capillaries of the road network, the little incipient runnels in the tops of hillsides that then broaden out into streams and rivers.

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Skip in alley, Chinatown

Wednesday 10th May 2017, 3.20pm (day 2,085)

Chinatown alley, 10/5/17

Normally, litter bins of various kinds are the bane of photographic composition (along with cars, telegraph wires and lamp-posts). But just occasionally one flowers into attractiveness, as here, I hope. Another beautiful spring day with excellent light, I hope this lasts a while.

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New Market, Manchester (building site)

Tuesday 3rd May 2016, 9.30am (day 1,713)

New Market, 3/5/16

The street of New Market makes, I think, its third appearance on this blog, with its transition from well-lit back street to building site to today’s, well, building site having been documented over the last two years. Reduced now to a mere alley, the fence that bounds it on the right is captured, distorted, in the side wall of Boots on the other side. It’s actually quite hard to get a photo of Manchester city centre that doesn’t somehow show it as a building site at this point in time.

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Back Pool Fold, Manchester

Friday 22nd April 2016, 4.00pm (day 1,702)

Back Pool Fold, 22/4/16

Now here’s a back alley, discovered as I try ever more to hone the directness of my walking route through Manchester city centre on a given working day. I like the detail on this shot — lots of things to see, from bottom to top, but all epitomising the idea of an alley, a trench in the urban landscape.

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Back Turner Street, Manchester

Thursday 18th June 2015, 9.50am (day 1,393)

Back Turner Street, 18/6/15

Unfrequented alleys in Manchester city centre are typically called “Back Something Street”. Back Turner Street is right in the city centre but looks little changed from decades ago. In fact Clare has just stared at this photo for a while before saying ‘is that 1920s America or something?’. Which was the kind of vibe I was seeking with this shot, so I’ll take that.

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