Changing face of the city to be shown in photography exhibition on Manchester’s ‘garden bridge’

Conversations With A Camera takes on themes from motion and stillness to (obviously) weather

By Ben Arnold | Last updated 7 September 2023

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Ancoats Morning (Credit: Andy Salmon)

The slow but inexorable changes seen in the city over the past decade are to be displayed by one of Manchester and Salford’s small-but-perfectly-formed photography societies in a new exhibition.

Called ‘Conversations With A Camera’, it will happen at the Castlefield Viaduct, the National Trust park that has been set up on the disused railway bridge running along the tram lines.

It will show off the documentary work of the Chapel Street Camera Club, a group of photography enthusiasts who started meeting in 2010 to talk about photography, but also get together, drink coffee and eat cake at their local coffee shops.

Group co-founder Mike Aspinall said: “We are a group of friends who meet every Thursday, visiting interesting places usually round Manchester and Salford to take photos and socialise.”

Directing the future (Credit: Tyran Choy)

The group explores various themes through its work, including motion, stillness, weather, place and people, with the exhibition showing off some of the members’ best shots.

The exhibition is part of Heritage Open Days, one of the largest festivals of history and culture in England, and which is taking place at venues across the country from September 8.

‘Conversations With A Camera’ starts on September 9 on the viaduct, which dates back to 1892 and was restored and made into an urban park in 2022.

The National Trust announced over the summer that its status as a park was to be extended until at least 2024, with further refurbishment and extension of the bridge park planned.