Manchester half-light photography festival 'to start regeneration debate'

Not Quite Light Image copyright Simon Buckley
Image caption Manchester artist Simon Buckley hopes his photography can start a debate about regeneration

An artist who photographs parts of Manchester at dawn has said his work reflects a "huge transition" within the city centre.

Simon Buckley's "Not Quite Light" festival aims to start a debate about regeneration and heritage.

The event, being held this weekend, includes exhibitions, walking tours and a fundraising event for the city's homeless.

The photographs are "leaving clues" for social historians, Mr Buckley said.

He added: "The phrase 'change is inevitable but progress isn't' kept coming back to me.

"Heritage is more than just bricks and mortar - it is a state of mind. I wanted to ask the question: what are we as Manchester? If you're knocking something down, what are you going to put in its place?"

Image copyright Simon Buckley
Image caption Buckley has been photographing parts of the city centre at dawn for more than a year

"Manchester is going through a huge transition. You've got to be careful you don't demolish the soul of a city whilst you're running rampant, hoping to make it better."

The Not Quite Light weekend also includes a low-light photography course, a social history talk from Manchester tour guide Emma Fox and a fundraiser for homeless charity Lifeshare with live music and food.

Mr Buckley said: "In 20 or 30 years, someone else will have an opinion on the city. I'd like to think I'm creating social history through my photographs, leaving clues for historians to see exactly how I feel the city is developing."

Image copyright Simon Buckley
Image caption The photographer said he hoped his images would ask the viewer to think about changes happening around them
Image copyright Simon Buckley
Image caption Events are being held to explore Manchester's social history through talks, photography courses and walking tours
Image copyright Simon Buckley
Image caption Heritage is "a state of mind", according to Buckley

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