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MY MANCHESTER
WESLEY HARDING


Name: Wesley Harry Harding

Age: 39

Work: Photographer


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Who is Wes?
Jack of all trades master of none. Honest to a fault on occasions, direct, loyal and competitive. I much prefer to make my own mind up on something or someone than listen to others. Can be a bit sarcastic but can chat onto anyone. I love watching and playing various sport but as the bones are getting older the playing time is reducing.

What do you do?
I take and then sell local shots (photographs) in around Greater Manchester via various craft markets. These can be framed or just as prints. I will also complete commission work on request.

What made you pursuit your dreams and give up your day job to do this?
The stress of working in a pressurised sales environment was affecting my health so I made the bold decision to leave full time work to pursue photography. This was also made possible with the great support of my girlfriend Lynda.

Favourite image? 
It has to be a night image of Deansgate. It has a lot going on with the movement of traffic and crowds of people with a homeless person just sat there watching the world go by. It also has the back drop of the Beetham Tower which is quite iconic for Manchester.

Favourite place to shoot?
Within Greater Manchester it has to be Salford Quays there are also a couple of spots about with forever changing graffiti.

Manchester Montage by Wesley Harding Photography for Eken Magazine 2014. Copyright - All Right´s Reserved - 500px

Wesley Harding Photography. Copyright. All Rights reserved.

What do you think of Manchester? 
Well I’ve been here since 99 and had some great times, especially socially.  I would say there’s enough going on for all types and interests, I’m not bored of it yet!

What’s most important in your life? 
Health, Lynda my partner and immediate family, also my camera!

Can you tell us a bit about your background, are you originally from Manchester? 
No I moved here in 99 as my Brother had just started Uni so at least I would know someone. I was born in Southampton, family moved to North Wales when I was about 12 then I moved back to Southampton to go to Uni (university) at 21 (years of age) and finally moved to Manchester at 24-ish!

Where do you live right now and what’s that area like?
I live in Salford but literally a stones throw away from the border with Manchester on Ordsall Lane. Its good for getting about and being close to town or motorways but wish there was a little more in the way of bars, restaurants, cafes etc. To be fair though since I moved here in 2007 a lot has happened especially with the BBC moving close.

In what way does Manchester stand out for you?
Music history and football! I think Manchester is a hot bed for great artists and bands there is also plenty of great night spots ie the northern quarter and Deansgate Locks. If however you fancy a quieter evening then places like Chorlton, West Didsbury are very cool as a night hang out.

How would you describe the people of Manchester? 
I think it varies quite a lot depending on the area of Manchester but overall easy to chat on with, can be direct but I like that.

What’s your favourite pub/restaurant/bar in Manchester? 
Kim by the Sea in Hulme, the food is amazing, well priced with large portions. In my drinking days I loved Jabez Clegg but I think that has closed down now and also Deansgate Locks is cool.

What’s your favourite English dish?
Sunday Roast.

Do you know anything about Swedish food?
Meatballs? Not a great knowledge I’m afraid.

Manchester is famous for it´s music, can you name a few Swedish musicians?
Abba, Ace of Base, Roxette, Swedish House Mafia but mainly older stuff I’m afraid.

If you visit Manchester as a tourist, what can´t you miss? 
Try to get into the Hilton (Beetham Tower) bar as the view is amazing.  The print works is cool and so is Salford Quays with Media City.  The Museum MOSI is also very cool and as my girlfriend always mentions when we drive past the oldest railway station in the world.

Manchester Montage by Wesley Harding Photography for Eken Magazine 2014. Copyright - All Right´s Reserved - 500px

Wesley Harding Photography. Copyright. All Rights reserved.

Find Wesley Harding´s Photography of Manchester at the following places:

* WH Harding Photography
* Manchester Coffee Company Shop in Oldham St, Northern Quarter
* Post Box Cafe and Bar 4 Eighty in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy
* Bianco Coffee Shop in Sale

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