An article originally published in Manchester Art Gallery’s Dreams Without Frontiers publication. The theme is Sixties Utopia and my article is about the Piccadilly Hotel.
I spend a huge amount of time scouting for new articles, trying to find places of interest whilst simultaneously trying to grapple with my old film SLR and capture a record of my explorations.
My latest article for the wonderful Now Then - the layout and naming convention of streets. Featuring a housing estate in Chorlton and a series of American grid-style streets in Trafford Park.
Exploring inside the remains of BBC New Broadcasting House on Oxford Road during the final days of demolition. Photos by Andrew Brooks.
I’ve been busy working on my photography of late, so here it is, the first in a photo-blog series and to begin here are a few from the summer, including the fire on Oldham Street.
Manchester's white beacon of modernism, and the city's third largest tower, is a visual tribute to a the city's scientific achievements
The art galleries of a city are found not only in the official institutions but in the corridors of hotels and the stairwells of office blocks.
I decided to revive my dusty old film camera for a trip to Porto, ever since I’ve been sucked back into a deep & complex (expensive & confusing) love affair with it. Porto is peppered with traditional and intricate ceramic tiles.
The totems of Salford University’s Allerton Building, and other works by post-war artist and inventor William Mitchell.
The story of Manchester's housing estate on the roof of the Arndale Centre, and the beat clubs and streets that stood before the shopping centre.
Cafe Cultured. The Kardomah Cafes of Manchester, and how cafes changed the city.
Inside the Albert Hall, Manchester. A site visit with photographer Andrew Brooks, September 2012.
Stretford Arndale was renamed Stretford Mall in 2003 and modernised throughout, only it looks as though they missed a spot…
To celebrate Lowry’s 125th birthday - an article about the Chapel Street area of Salford, the street on the other side of the Manchester and Salford invisible boundary.
St Philips Church is perhaps the architectural highlight of the city of Salford, its beautiful bell tower beckoning you in off the road to take a closer look.
Take your headphones with you the next time you stroll beneath the Mancunian Way, it's playing a song.
Inside the sandstone caves of Stockport with Urban Search and Rescue
A series of peculiar alleyways from Victoria station to Lloyd Street.
The roof of this grand building on King Street was once home to a sky high cottage
If you’d ever looked closely enough at the shrubbery around Talbot Road you may just have uncovered an emergency entrance to Trafford Town Hall’s cold war bunker.
Salford's connection to Buffalo Bill, and the birthplace of the Showmen's Guild.
This small commercial site on Deansgate looks ordinary enough but inside, behind the beautiful wrought iron balcony, the interior is decked out with inscribed bottle-green ceramics.
Although you’d never know it from the rather dowdy, reclad exterior, inside this Hulme building you can time travel.
What we now know as the Primark Building once was home to Lewis's, and a has a secret on the roof...
Great Abel - the bell of Manchester Town Hall’s clock tower.
Few people seem to know it exists but Manchester's city centre observatory is going strong after more than 100 years.
This time what we see when we look up isn’t so much an architectural quirk, nor is it an example of street art but it’s the ghost of an idea that was never executed.
Perching above the streets of Manchester are a family of ornamental exotic birds.
Stockport's Pear Mill does exactly what it says on the tin. It's a mill, mounted by an enormous rooftop pear.
One Thomas Street rooftop plays host to a giant ceramic pineapple
On the roof of 79 Piccadilly are two little men, dressed up like Huckleberry Finn, looking down on the crowds as they rush for their trains.
A Guide to the venues of Sounds from the Other City 2012
Have you spotted the giant disco ball shining down in Piccadilly Gardens?
The pub in which Marx and Engels are said to have met back when the pub was named The Red Dragon.
In the beginning. The art installation on top of a Northern Quarter car park that started Skyliner.