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Manchester: A City In Lockdown

I wanted to take the opportunity to capture the city of Manchester sitting still whilst under lockdown during the the Coronavirus pandemic.

The photographs that follow were all taken by me on Friday 22 May 2020.

Whereas only a few months ago, Manchester would have been filled with workers, commuters, tourists and those out for a good weekend, today it lay dormant with barely a soul around.

The usual sound of noisy traffic, shopping crowds and lively bars was replaced with the occasional drilling coming from a small building site, the wind blowing through the streets and – no word of a lie – seagulls.

The photographs tell the story themselves….

Deansgate Railway Station
Deansgate-Castlefield with the Hilton Hotel in the background
Empty streets…
Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink walkway
Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink
Deansgate Locks/ Bridgewater Canal
Two pigeons at the locks
First Street
Jack Rosenthal Street
Deansgate Railway Arch
The waterways of Castlefield
Barges in Castlefield
A clear warning!
Under Catalan Square, Castlefield
Under the bridges of Castlefield
Castle Street cobbles
Street poster
St Johns Street
The Great Northern Railway Goods Warehouse
“Stay safe, our kid”
The Ivy, Spinningfields
Thaikahun, Spinningfields
Manchester Opera House
The warning and the postal van
St Peters Square
Manchester Central Library
Central Library
Central Library
Take a socially distanced seat….
The arches outside the Library
St Ann’s Square
St Ann’s Square
It was also the three year anniversary of the MEN terrorist attack and yet people could not visit to pay their respects as they normally would
The Barton Arcade
Cross Street
Spring Gardens
King Street
King Street
King Street
Deansgate: closed to traffic
Tram tracks to Exchange Square
Market Street
New Cathedral Street
Cathedral Gates and Sinclairs Oyster Bar
The Northern Quarter
The Northern Quarter
The Northern Quarter
“We all are, pal”
The Northern Quarter
The Northern Quarter
Canal Street, the Gay Village
Canal Street
Dear Mr Postie…
Canal Street: Manchester Bee
Richmond Street
Richmond Street
Richmond Street: #waroncovid19
China Town
NHS Nightingale Hospital
Art in the Northern Quarter
Tram tracks from St Peters Square to Deansgate-Castlefield, the NHS Nightingale on the right
NCP Manchester Central

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4 thoughts on “Manchester: A City In Lockdown”

  1. Very thought provoking photos… black and white adds to the drama of the silence and emptiness. Everyone staying home- staying safe. Great shots.


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