15 photos of colourful Manchester – see the city in a new light
Manchester In Colour

Manchester may have an undeserved reputation as a grey and rainy city but a photographer is now aiming to dispel those myths with a new series of images of colourful locations in the city.

Mark Whitaker, who does photography mainly as a hobby, has launched an Instagram account documenting the brighter spots of the city.

Peveril of the Peak

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Inspired by Manchester Flickr group meet-ups to get out there and take more photos, Mark set himself a challenge to shoot only brightly-coloured things.

“Let’s face it, Manchester can be a grey and rainy kind of place at times, and I was getting fed up of taking my camera out and coming home with the same gloomy-looking shots,” he explains.

His first image for this collection was of the Peveril of the Peak and other locations he loves to take photos of include Salford Quays, Spinningfields and the Northern Quarter with John Rylands Library and the Hidden Gem Church.

He generally uses a Canon DSLR for his shots with a general-purpose lens or occasionally a fish-eye lens.

“The great thing is, once you start looking for colour in Manchester it’s everywhere,” he says. “It’s been so enjoyable seeing the city in a whole new light.”

Castlefield Gallery, Hewitt Street

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Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street

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Royal Exchange Theatre, St Anns Square

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Parsonage Gardens

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Blue Rinse Vintage, Oldham Street

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Chinese New Year lanterns at Manchester Town Hall

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Manchester Metropolitan University Union, Higher Cambridge Street

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Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square

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Through No. 3 by Liz West, Hardman Square

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St Mary's the Hidden Gem, Mulberry Street

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Gold post box, Albert Square

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Manchester University, Oxford Road

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Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road

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Albert Bridge House, Bridge Street

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See more of Mark’s images on Instagram or on his website Manchester In Colour.

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Main image: Manchester In Colour on Instagram.