Time Called


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


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

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 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 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.

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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


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.

Vincente Portrait WEB


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.

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Here Now New Documentary Photography



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Great Northern Warehouse

235 Deansgate


Opening 25th September 2014 @ 6.00pm

Exhibition runs 26th September – 19th October 2014

Fri – Sun 12-5pm

Here Now is an exhibition curated by Martene Rourke and funded by Arts Council England showcasing four documentary photography projects which deal with various social and cultural conditions within the urban built environment.

Sarah Faraday’s ‘Every Little Hurts’ explores the impact a huge Tesco development has had on her home town of Walkden in Salford. The images are a critique on the lack of diversity and character caused by the homogenisation of the British urban landscape.


Pablo Allison’s ‘Demarcations’ uses walls and fences as visual subject matter in order to question the boundaries and divisions which they instil within society and how these divisions can carry multiple interpretations.

Matt Barnes work ‘Fence’ looks closely at the physical and aesthetic qualities of divisions in the built environment and how their relationship can generate an atmosphere. The presentation of the images on to built structures allows a dialogue to open between the viewer, the image and the built environment both immediately and within the image itself.

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Adam Heiss and Martene Rourke’s collaboration ‘Time Called’ portrays abandoned pubs in the Greater Manchester area with the intention of documenting these often impressive architectural examples before they disappear from the British landscape.