Time for an update.. I originally started out with this project, as being a method for my then Graphic Design students in 2007, to go out and collect visuals from a specific area of Manchester City Centre. It then became the platform for a much larger project of exploration that led me to take this forward as the baseline for my MA started in Sept 2010, and completed in Oct 2011. Now I feel is the right time to once again look at this project, after collecting more examples from a recent trip to Manchester. The project continues to evolve, as it should, because cities and urban environments by their very nature are ever changing... Now that I'm based in CHCH NZ, I have started a new CHCH Urban Type Project, which is timely given the events of the last 6 years, where the city has undergone significant change due to 2 Major Earthquakes.
This project originally started life as a 'one off visual exercise' which was delivered to students about 4 years ago. The purpose being for students to undertake a 'series of visual experiments of observations within a specific area of City Centre Manchester over a 2 hour period. From this they then had to produce a visual montage of the items they photographed, this project also had to have in-depth development to show a timeline of where and when, and the stages of photoshop development.
For my example I created a 'Mancunian Alphabet' shown as the project image. The project has now been in existence for over 4 years, and different versions of this project have been developed and currently I'm developing a Film/Video version of the images in motion which can be found on this link in vimeo https://vimeo.com/43863305#t=NaNs
The following selection of images, are the individual characters of the Mancunian Urban Alphabet. Taken over a now three to four year period and then routinely updated to keep the project current. A smaller Salford project was undertaken, and these images will be added to my profile later...