Kersal Moor 2017

Kersal Moore

“Manchester lies at the foot of the southern slope of a range of hills, which stretch hither from Oldham, their last peak, Kersallmoor, being at once the racecourse and the Mons Sacer of Manchester.”
Friedrich Engels
“The Conditions Of The Working-Class In England”
Written by Engels in September 1844 to March 1845 and first Published in Leipzig, 1845

 

 

Kersal Moore

“On the 24 September 1838, Salford’s biggest ever demonstration took place on Kersal Moor, when thousands of people marched from all over the North West to demand the vote. Organised by the Chartists, the rally at the old racecourse on the moor was a launch pad in Lancashire of the fight for democracy in England…”  
Salford Community Culture                                                                                        http://www.salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/culture/salford-museum-and-art-gallery/local-history/history-salford/kersal-moor
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Post Modern Architecture in Manchester and Salford

First conceived in the 60’s, the style of architecture which has come to be known as Post-Modernism became popular throughout the 80’s and 90’s and was a reaction to the stark minimalism of it’s predecessor, Brutalism. Post-modernism can be defined by it’s often garish embellishments and the style is distinctive in it’s use of the grandeur. There are however many buildings which are not so outlandish but can still be characterised by the small, recognisable details  that many buildings from this era share. For example, arch-like shapes and pillars are common in post-modern buildings and in the examples found here, lots of glass.

Earlier this year, 17 post-modern buildings in the UK were listed and last year two books were published celebrating the style of architecture. At the same time there was a flurry of articles published on the topic, but none of the examples of post modernism Greater Manchester has to offer were featured in any of this attention, and we have some pretty impressive ones.

I can’t even decide if I actually like this style of architecture to be honest but what I am interested in is how easy it becomes to define styles and periods in architecture and how quickly the current zeitgeist becomes history.

There are more examples that I haven’t managed to photograph yet and I’d love to take some time to include some more of the buildings in the North when i can get around to it but for now here are a few examples.

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Quay West Business Centre, Salford Quays

 

 

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The Victoria Building, Salford Quays

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Exchange Quay

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101 Barbirolli Square

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1 City Road

Musicians at Home

To come clean on portraiture photography, it’s something I have over the years tended to avoid as not being completely confident in my abilities.

Give me a landscape or a building to photograph and I am in my element taking my time undisturbed till you get the shots your happy with. Ok there are challenges involved, conditions not being right( British weather for example) Or the light falling in the right place the sun in the correct position etc. But when the conditions are right you can take your time and it is a relatively relaxing experience.

For me portraiture is a completely different ball game. Even to get someone in front of your camera isn’t always easy. Being photographed is not everyone favourite way to spend half an hour. You also have the time constraints. There is only so long before your subject starts getting bored/tired/uneasy. You are also simultaneously attempting to make your subject feel at ease whilst making sure you’re operating your equipment correctly. These are thing you have to manage when taking portraits, so for a long time it put me off a bit.

So in order to drag myself away from my comfort zone,  I have started to set personal project briefs which include photographing people.

These are the first few images of a personal project on musicians at home. When I think of musician or band photography the first images which come to mind involve said band or musician against some kind of urban looking backdrop looking a bit aloof, and portraying an oh so cool image. This kind of imagery tends to help set musicians and bands apart from normality, as people to be put on a pedelstal and idolised. Having grown up with a musician, I have never been a fan of this kind of imagery. Although many musicians spend a proportion of their time on tour being followed by adoring fans, they also spend a significant amount of time at home just doing ordinary, mundane stuff, like the rest of us mere mortals. So this project is my attempt to show that a softer more domestic side to these subjects by showing them as they are the majority of the time, relaxed in their homes.

So far i’ve managed to convince five people to take part and I have a hit list so watch this space for more.

NB. I couldn’t have done this without the trusted other half of HeissRourke Photography, Adam, who was my most knowledgeable assistant.

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Simon Wolstencroft, Ex-The Fall, currently in Lyla

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Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield, The Stone Roses

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Gary Whelan, The Happy Mondays

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Andy Hargreaves, I Am Kloot

Time Called

TIME CALLED GRID

1. Hardy’s Well, Rusholme, Manchester, 2017.

2. Red Lion, Eccles, Salford, 2017.

3. The Bowling Green, Rusholme, Manchester, 2017.

4. The Farewell, Rochdale, 2017.

5. Old House At Home, Salford, 2013.

6. Black Horse Hotel, Salford, 2013.

7. Top House, Rochdale, 2013.

8. The White Lion, Mytholmroyd, 2013.

9. The Carlton, Lower Broughton, Salford, 2017.

Time Called

TIME CALLED GRID

1. The Woolpack, Pendleton, Salford, 2013.

2. Albert Vaults, Salford, 2013. 

3. Billy Green, Collyhurst, Manchester, 2013.

4. The Mitchell Arms, New Islington, Manchester, 2013.

 5. The Clarendon, Lower Broughton, Salford, 2017.

 6. The River, Ancoats, Manchester, 2016.

7. New White Lion, Blackley, Manchester, 2013.

 8. The Kings Head Hotel, Ardwick, Manchester, 2016.

9. Copenhagen Tavern, Newton Heath,  Manchester, 2013.

Ihme Zentrum

The Ihme Zentrum is a huge 1970s modernist multi storied, multi faceted, concrete development in Hannover, Germany. Built along the Ihme river in 1975, it was originally intended as an exciting new concept which would be a strong symbol of present modernist ideology. It combines residential, retail and office space in one large space. The whole complex is a brutalist architecture enthusiast’s dream but for many of the city’s inhabitants, it’s regarded as an eyesore and for the city planning department a major thorn in it’s side. The residential area consists of 860 apartments where approximately 2400 people live. There are two 22 storey blocks, one on either side of the complex and in between several lower 6 and 5 story apartment blocks. Another two high rise buildings house the ‘Enercity’ offices, Hanover’s main energy provider. The whole area takes up 285,000 square meters.

Residents within the Ihme Zentrum are mostly content with life there. Despite many negative opinions coming from outside, the apartments are of a high standard and many are privately owned. The main problem stands with the retail area of the complex which was never able to reach it’s full potential. Despite initially attracting some major chains including ‘Saturn Hansa’ a large German electronics retailer, major mistakes made in planning meant that the project was fundamentally flawed from the outset. To begin with an underground tram stop which was built inside the complex was never finished which meant it was harder to attract shoppers away from the city centre. The fact that the shops were on the first floor meant that people had to come up to shop. There were footbridges built for pedestrian access but not enough to make it as attractive and welcoming as a high street shopping area. The way the buildings were constructed resulted in the retail space lacking in available light. The feeling that this created was something that deterred shoppers many believing that it was a unsafe place to be despite a lack of actual incidents to justify this perception. One by one retailers began to pull out and the final nail in the coffin was when Saturn Hansa pulled out in 2004. The retail area which was already starting to look at bit like a ghost town now felt desolate.

There have been no less than 4 attempts to re-vamp the Ihme Zentrum, one of those attempts in 2006 from the infamous Carlyle Group, the American multi-national financial services corporation who once had George W Bush on their payroll. Plans for what was going to be named ‘Linden Park’ included bringing down the entrance to the shopping area to the ground floor and lots of shiny glass and steel that would cover up the unfashionable 70’s concrete. Their building contractors managed to completely vandalise large sections of the complex before pulling out due to the financial crises, leaving the site in a bad way. This was of course a disastrous situation for residents who were now living amongst an unfinished building site, with no time table as to when the situation would improve.

Finally in February 2015, a Berlin firm , bought what had belonged to The Carlyle Group. When we were last there in summer this year we saw a few workmen tinkering away however, as yet nothing significant seems to be happening.

Although never really undertaking a full sized project here, since roughly 2006 we’ve taken quite a few images which we felt were worth showing. We also lived there for a year in 2009 so the place is dear to our hearts! Here are the first lot of images, we’ve got some more which we will try and squeeze into another post.

 

Platz Projekt

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Having predominantly focused on landscapes and architecture with our photography projects, a while ago we decided we should step out of our comfort zone and start to take more portraits. We’ve talked about a number of different themes without deciding on anything specific until this summer we were lucky enough to come across The Platz Projekt in Hanover, Germany.

Platz Projekt is a container village offering space, opportunity and support for people to realise projects that wouldn’t be possible within the city under normal circumstances. As an alternative to paying expensive rates for space, The Platz Projekt offers the chance to help create a space within a community alongside others working on a variety of different projects. So far on the site is a bar, a cafe, a tattoo studio, a bike workshop, child minder, a dressmakers, and a clothes lending library amongst others. There is also a relatively large garden area and several spaces for live music. Several projects on the site are still underway as the project continues to evolve and develop.

Next door is the 2er Skatepark without which the project probably wouldn’t exist. In 2007 a group of skateboarders started to build their own skate spot on a piece of wasteland in an industrial part of the city, close to the Lindener Harbour. The project grew and in 2010 they negotiated a lease with the landowner giving them permission to stay. The park has developed into what is now the biggest ‘do it yourself’ skatepark in Germany probably Europe too..it’s huge! They formed a club which now has over 100 members and it is a section of it’s members which had the idea for the Platz Projekt in 2013. Although the Platz Projekt is now a seperate entity, there’s a symbiotic relationship between the two neighbours, and the do it yourself mentality is firmly rooted in both their ongoing approach.

     We spent time in Hanover making frequent visits to the site photographing some of the container owners, skaters and the surroundings and hope this gives an overall impression of what’s going on.

Isabell is a fashion designer and tailor. She is one of the few people who's container is completely finished. She uses the space as her full time work studio which means she is on site everyday thorugh the week, unlike some of the other conatiner owners who are doing this alongside full time jobs.

Isabell is a fashion designer and tailor. She is one of the few people who’s container is completely finished. She uses the space as her full time work studio which means she is on site everyday through the week, unlike some of the other container owners who are doing this alongside full time jobs.

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Kleider Kabinett Portrait WEB

Kleider Kabinett

Kleider Kabinett is a clothes ‘library’ which can be utilized for creative projects such as photoshoots or stage productions but also if you just need something to wear for a particular occasion. The owners Dorothea Hoffmann andTheresa Klementare  are both costume designers and this is an experimental side project. They are prolific charity shop lurkers and this is their collection of the weird and wonderful finds they have made over the years.  Inside is almost every perceivable type of item which can be worn on the human body, a treasure trove for vintage clothes enthusiasts. You can see some of their costume design skills here.

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Aine Portrait WEB

Aine

Aine is a painter  and skater from Majorca who has claimed a container to use as a studio space. She has not yet started to work on her container and is still in the planning stages.

Lena Portrait WEB

Lena

Lena is relatively new to the Platz Projekt community and as you can see her container is very much in the beginning stages. There is a lot of work to be done before her project is realised but her idea is to build a massage and wellness studio offering different types of massage and physiotherapy.

Kityll Portrait WEB

Kiryll from “Open Ink”

Open Ink is a co- working space for freelance tattoo artists and those aspiring to become one. It is a space to work, share ideas and pass on knowledge.

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Martin Portrait WEB

Martin

Their is ample garden space on site which a number of people are responsible for including Martin above. The garden contains a vast vegetable patch which is open for container owners to use and two beehives.

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Vicente

Vincente is a prolific skater who also builds skateboards. He has been heavily involved with building the 2er skatepark for the last five years and is helping to build other skateparks inspired by the 2er around Germany.

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Adam Heiss and Martene Rourke – Time Called

Pubs have always been a significant part of British culture, but recent years have seen a drastic decline in their numbers. The evidence of this is hard to overlook as abandoned public houses can be found throughout the whole of the UK.

There are many contributing factors to this decline. Increase in prices of beer, high rents, the recession and the smoking ban have all had a part to play. Also, today more than ever people have more choice as to where they wish to buy and consume alcohol. Bars and clubs offer a different drinking experience than the pub and supermarkets offer cheap drinks ready to consume in the comfort of your own home.

The disappearance of these social centres is a loss for the communities in which they exist as historically pubs have always had a central role, particularly in working class communities. Our aim was to document the buildings that are left before they vanish from the British landscape.

Black Horse Hotel

Old House

 

 

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