23rd May 2017
Yesterday, I published a photograph titled ‘Twixt Light and Night. I intended today to follow it with another, which I planned to give the title ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’. Since then, terrible events have unfolded, and that phrase has been used widely both to symbolise the spirit of, and show solidarity with, the city and people of Manchester.
Manchester is an important place to me. Today I live a few miles to the West. I visit, to eat, drink, capture the city on film, and go to gigs. But it was through spending six years living and working there, immersed in the heady days of ‘Madchester’ nearly 30 years ago, that I became in large part the person I am today. Many of the passions and influences, musical and otherwise, which run through my photographic work were forged in that time. But most of all I came to love the city and its people deeply. A love which endures, and always will.
I have thought long and hard today about whether to publish this image at all, whether to re-title it, what I can do or should do in response to the tragic events which took place last night. So what I’m going to do is this…all proceeds from a special edition of 50 12x8 prints will go to the Manchester Evening News appeal for the families of those killed and injured in the attack.
Prints £30 inc. UK postage. Worldwide shipping £5.
And if you don’t want a print, please consider giving something to the fund anyway.
Or, if you prefer painting to photography, my fellow artist Jane Wilson has created a beautiful piece featuring a worker bee (symbol of Manchester) on a nineteenth century map of Manchester and Salford, and is also donating proceeds to the fund.
Gallery-quality archival photographic paper