Today we were given the opportunity to visit Manchester city centre. whilst in Manchester I took the opportunity to visit Manchester’s northern quarter which is brimming with vintage and alternative shops.
I visited the following shops:
- Oxfam originals
- Retro rehab
- Blue Rinse
- COW Vintage
- Afflecks palace
- POP café
In every shop the staff were extremely friendly and agreed to let me take photographs of the clothes and displays. There was a great range of clothes and accessories, everything from trainers and tracksuits to fur coats and dresses. The displays were eye catching and colourful.
Having never used a digital SLR camera before I was quite nervous of how the photographs would turn out. Some of the first photographs I took were blurry but the more I used the camera the easier it was. I found using the flash gave a better effect on some pictures. And I was also able to edit the pictures slightly afterwards on my laptops editing programme.
It was great to see the range of displays and how each store chose a different style, for example Retro rehab was a very cosy shop, it was very bright and colourful, but the use of lampshades and lighting gave the shop a very cosy feel.
The trip gave me lot of inspiration and ideas for my own display and I found it very helpful to speak to the staff in the shops. I plan to create a series of questions to ask the staff and owners for part of my project through a survey.
I have created contact sheets of the photographs I took in Manchester as I wanted to show the great range of photographs taken.