Saturday, 27 February 2016

Marketplace Studios

The latest occupant of this mock-tudor faced building is Marketplace Studios. It has been set up by the Manchester School of Art as an initiative providing start-up business support to creative graduates. It has two floors of incubation studio space for graduate practitioners, who receive business support tailored towards the Creative Industries to help them succeed in their new enterprises. On the ground floor are shop/gallery/exhibition space and project spaces to run courses for the general public.

More information can be found on their website.

The original photograph can be viewed on Geograph.

A contribution to The Weekend in Black and White.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Orchard, Pyramid and Sky

Looking from Hollywood Park over the Community Orchard towards Kings Reach and the "Pyramid".

The Community Orchard is one of 12 in Stockport - see for more details - established around 2011. I was told by a passing dog-walker that it was originally a bowling green. Aerial views would seem to indicate that it was once a football pitch. It looks rather neglected but that may be just the time of year.

For more information about the pyramid see my post from 1st April 2013.

You can view all 20 photographs from my recent walk through Hollywood Park as a Geotrip plotted on a map and available as a slide-show.

A contribution to Skywatch Friday.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Lamppost art in Hollywood Park

Yesterday when I posted Shadows at Hollywood Park I promised to show you a closer view of the old photograph on the lampless lamppost.

Around 2014 as part of the Stockport Arts Trail, an independent group of young people, working towards an Arts Award Qualification at Stockport Central Library, created the images for one face of the artworks, located on lampposts in and around Edgeley. Historic photographs from the libraries archives are on the other face, giving people an idea of how the area looked in times gone by.

The text on the reverse of this piece of lamppost art reads:

"In the winter there was this fog, caused by all the
coal fires and mills, it was
terrible, it was like walking through pea soup,
you had to fight your way through it."

There are eleven lampposts in total along the trail. More information is at Healthy Stockport.

I featured another example of lamppost artwork on 8th October 2014

A contribution to Monday Murals and signs, signs.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Shadows at Hollywood Park

Another photograph from my recent (and for me first) visit to Hollywood Park.

On Wednesday I posted The Edge of Edgeley taken from a path near the eastern edge of the park.

Yesterday I posted a photo of part of the Steps out of Hollywood Park.

Today's photograph is from nearby looking out over the park past the high-rise Hollywood Towers towards the railway viaduct. The lampless lamppost on the right carries an old photograph of this view - but you'll have to wait until tomorrow for a closer view and explanation.

A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Steps out of Hollywood Park

On Wednesday when I posted a photograph of the Edge of Edgeley some people thought it had been post-processed to create a painterly effect but in fact is hardly enhanced at all.

This one however has been turned into a charcoal composition. It shows a set of steep steps out of Hollywood Park which lead to Roscoe Street, Edgeley.

A contribution to The Weekend in Black and White.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Rooftops of Stockport

The view from St Petersgate bridge over Royal Oak Yard and High Bank Side towards the car park on the top of the Merseyway Shopping Centre and Primark.

A contribution to Our World Tuesday.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Photographing Stockport

Looking across Wellington Road South towards the railway viaduct. I wasn't the only person photographing Stockport that afternoon.

A contribution to Skywatch Friday.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Rosie's Coffee House

The City Daily Photo theme for today is "Scene from a Coffee House".

Well I don't generally frequent coffee houses, preferring a nice cup of tea in a friendly little tea room. I certain would avoid all the big name chains. So I found it a little hard to decide what to post for this theme.

This is Rosie's Coffee House and Kitchen on Prince's Street. It has only been open a few months and I can't tell you whether it is any good or not, but it looks promising. The premises were previously occupied by jewellers Herbert Brown. The company had been taken over in 2007 by the Albermarle & Bond group of pawnbrokers which collapsed into administration in 2014. Pawnbrokers or coffee-house? - I know which I'd prefer.

To visit the other participants to the theme click here.