I spent yesterday in Manchester. I was at a workshop at the new moved Leica store on Police Street. We were working with José Sarmento Matos a Portuguese documentary photographer based in Lisbon and London. In 2015 José was named one of the winners of “30 under 30” Magnum award for ‘Young Documentary Photographers’. Jose set us a target of producing three Street Photographs that worked ntogether.
It’s been a couple of weeks since the grim events at Manchester Arena and I wondered what the mood of the people thronging in the centre would be. I found what we had all heard about Manchester. They carried on as normal almost in spite of those trying to cast terror and separation about.
King Street had a festival which was buzzing with families all having fun; outside the Arndale centre there were different religions (including Muslim) rubbing shoulders with the hot dog and ice cream sellers. There was no opposition, no animosity just a normal sunny Saturday afternoon.
I spent a few hours looking around for street images and their were almost too many but not enough to form a cohesive set. After a couple of hours I worked my way back to Police Street and started to edit. José was looking for us to provide about eight image to work with the group to produce a final three. He introduced us to a phrase “drown the puppies”, meaning that some times you have to exclude your favourite image along with the poor ones to make a better set.
I had to “drown a puppy” for my set too. Here are my three