It Felt Like Summer

It felt like summer in Chorlton. The radiators were still on when we arrived, so it was pretty warm for a while…
In England, once the clocks change it is suddenly light till nearly nine o’clock and you can get summer days in the middle of April.
Ideal evenings to get out with friends and do art.
Lots of people turned up, and had the great good fortune to spend most of the evening listening to Bruce Springsteen…….
It was one of our regulars requests….
See here for examples of tonight’s work…..

Darkroom trickery!

In the era of Photoshop, the sight of a manipulated, enhanced or even fantastical photograph is such a commonplace occurrence that the modern viewer scarcely bats an eyelid. But spare a thought for the photographical illusionists of the past, those industrious moustache-twiddling gentlemen (and ladies – everyone had moustaches in those days) who toiled away in dark rooms to produce these amazing images.

Going back as far as the early 1800s, these pictures were created using trial and error and numerous painstaking techniques including photomontage, combination printing and retouching of negatives to name but a few. There was no ‘undo’ button in those days! Hope you enjoy the results of their labours.

Chen Man at the Chinese Arts Centre

Chorlton Alternative Art ClassFrom 10 February to 7 April 2012, the Chinese Arts Centre is playing host to the first UK solo exhibition by renowned Chinese photographer Chen Man.

Over the last decade Chen Man has carved out a highly successful career as one of China’s leading fashion photographers, having shot for the Chinese editions of Elle, Cosmo and Vogue as well as working on commissions for Adidas, Nike and Motorola.

Chorlton Alternative Art ClassChen Man’s style involves heavy post-production and manipulation of her photographs, producing glossy, dreamlike images – a style that has made her a firm favourite with the advertising industry as China’s consumer culture takes off.

Catch this exhibition while you can – it’s on now and up until 7 April 2012 at the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester. Admission is free, and the Centre is open from 10am – 5pm from Tuesday to Saturday.

Chinese Arts Centre
Market Buildings
Thomas Street
M4 1EU

tel: +44 (0) 161 832 7271
fax: +44 (0) 161 832 7513

Opening Times

Tues – Sat: 10am – 5pm
Sun – Mon: Closed
Bank Holidays: Closed