The heavens open and photographer Simon Buckley snaps the city in a summer downpour.
There is a narrow window during which Simon Buckley likes to photograph his surroundings: the handful of minutes in which night becomes day and day becomes night.
Dawn and dusk provide the backdrop to his ongoing Not Quite Light project, a study of transition in the environment around us, capturing the change of the old into the new.
“The idea of the half-light,” he says, “translates into many ideas: those memories that aren’t quite full in our brains, dreams you only half-remember.”
On an August evening earlier this year, the Salford-based artist found himself sheltering from a downpour in central Manchester – “It was really bouncing off the pavements” – and was drawn to the beauty of the scene around him.
Stepping out of the dry and on to the bridge overlooking Deansgate station, he managed to take five or six photos on his iPhone 6s before the water stopped his finger working.
They almost didn’t post the picture online – “rainy Manchester again” – but when he did it was an instant hit on social media, with Stephen Fry comparing it to the work of LS Lowry.