Headed over to Manchester for a few days recently, and naturally took the opportunity to get some Street Art photos, as I usually do when I visit.
The last time I visited Manchester was in May. The following day, there was a bomb attack on Manchester Arena.
Street Art was one of the main responses of the city.
Within days, Stevenson Square, one of the main Street Art areas in the Northern Quarter became the canvas of defiance, with the city’s emblem, The Worker Bee, featuring prominently.
From there, I headed to nearby Ancoats to get some pieces that I may have spotted. There was one piece of a bird’s nest which was obscured by parked cars, much to my frustration.
There were some pieces I photographed on my last visit that are now gone, one for an advert and one because of building work.
The city’s main newspaper, Manchester Evening News, sponsored a mural of 22 bees, representing the 22 victims of the bomb attack, on Oldham Street.
On the day I visited, there was no access to the mural as it sits on a disused car park. Unsurprisingly, it was difficult to get decent photos of it.
It seems a shame for such a great and striking piece to be obscured from public view, denying people the chance to visit and see it.
On the Wednesday, I headed back to Stevenson Square to mop up some pieces I missed as there was a TV crew interviewing beside one of them when I was getting photos.
I also got photos of new murals inside Affleck’s.
Thursday saw me head to Oxford Road which usually has a few pieces that I was able to snap.