Rainy Days

Manchester Pride - 2012

We were looking forward to a day, advertised as a celebration with music, comedy, dancing, theatre and above all fun. The festival runs over the weekend and the parade is on Saturday at 1.00pm. Expecting to see more than 100 floats making their way through the city’s streets with a carnival of colour. This years theme celebrating 100th anniversary of codebreaker Alan Turing who cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park.

Manchester isn't that far away but somewhere we rarely go to take photos. So, festival map in hand we have to think how to get there. train or car? Thoughts of carparks and traffic jams while on the journey home, we made the decision to get an early train, which was very busy. So we waited for the next one, this was still busy but not as bad I managed to get a seat next to a student who chatted all the way to Manchester.

We were early, so looked for a cafe for coffee, we managed to get a window table. That's when the magic happened, a hot summers day and there was a shower of rain. I snapped some shots to pass the time and it was something different. Not really thinking any more of it. The rest of the day was a warm sunny and we found a spot on the route. Again, waiting time, so took shots of the waiting crowd (another story another day). The parade was colourful, fun and it was great to meet people.

Processing time, I was playing around with one of the shots from the cafe and cut part of it on the wrong layer but a happy accident made something I liked and I kept it in. Repeating the error across the set of work. I love happy accidents. I chose the sandstone building along the route of the parade for the background. Really, its just playing with colours, shapes and textures. I really enjoyed making this set of work.

There's something about making triptychs that I really enjoy. Simply creating balance and flow to a set of images can be a challenge but can also be fun and there a certain satisfaction that goes with it. My Rainy Day triptych as total of 54 layers the includes the creation of the individual images and the final colour adjustments to balance the images. The images have been use individually in National and Intentional Exhibitions, winning awards and acceptances.

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