Manchester revisited: the familiar and the unfamiliar #2

Walking around the Northern Quarter, I was reminded of recent conversations I’ve had with dance artist-academics Vicky Hunter, Amy Voris and Emma Meehan and Natalie Garrett-Brown – about recognising and acknowledging our emotional connections to place(s).

Vicky described how we humans interact with the material reality of the world, in this case the urban landscape. We discussed how our emotions, our feelings, our ways of perceiving the world through sensation, sight, sound, taste, smell and touch impact on how we experience and feel part of a place enormously.

The images in this second blog post offer a glimpse into my emotional state responding to the sensations experienced whilst revisiting Manchester city centre, after 6 months of being at home in ‘lockdown’.

Image credits: Sarah Spanton

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