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Glamour sneaked a look at reality and hid a tear by 

With a painted smile, she showed me a dream,
of bright lights and romance in the dark,
surrounded by grit and stubborn shadows,
for a while, I forgot my my world,
while she cried for her’s.

A shot showing the reality sometimes of glamour and society, that the selling of the dream, nearly always lies with the waking of reality, yet for a few pounds a dream, an illusion, a freedom of desire, lust, can be always found waiting with an open door.

Taken in the heart of Manchester.

Converted in to black and white and best viewed large.

Shot on an Olympus E30.

Featured by the kind hosts of the Black and White Enthusiast Group and the Which Way Group


black, doors, glamour, gritty, industry, manchester, sex, shutters, signs, street, urban, white


  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic captue. Looks soooo right in B&W…

  • LOL it was typical summer Manchester weather, dull, grey and rain in the air, just had to be in b/w, not sure what the guy was repairing though lol. Thanks Don

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  • micheleirene
    micheleireneabout 4 years ago

    Interesting message and the image just works so well with it.

  • Thank you Shelly

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  • InPort
    InPortabout 4 years ago

    G’day C’n’H!

    Not gritty, grungy or sleezy but a real slice of the reailty of life in a big city.
    Your expert photography and B&W processing have depicted this backstreet scene so clearly and by the attitude of the human figure has left the image open to the viewer’s imagination.
    The perspective down the alleyway and the perspective distortion making the walls lean inward gives the image a very voyeuristic feel.
    I get the feeling I have just come across this little scene and stopped so I did not disturb whatever it is the person is doing.


  • Thank you Dennis for another great comment, this lies behind a block that is fresh faced and modern to the world, yet the old leaning buildings seem to survive in it’s shadow. Like you, I saw, took the shot and then wandered on

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  • chelleX1975
    chelleX1975about 4 years ago

    love the tones in this…beautiful b&w

  • Thank you Michelle :)

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  • Lynette1
    Lynette1about 4 years ago

    What a brilliant composition!!

  • Thank you Lynette

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  • Els Steutel
    Els Steutelabout 4 years ago

    Wondering what that person is doing there, is he crapping his things together which he dropped by accidant or did he see something edible on the ground or just tie his shoelaces, who knows?

    Really a great b/w shot out of daily life for some people!

  • Thank you Els, it looked like a poster panel he was working on, but such is the perspective, it opens so many stories

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  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic image, Richard!! Love the mood and atmosphere!

  • Should not be talking to you.. you never said you worked for a sign maker over here in the UK ;) lol thank you Laurie

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  • Dara Hurt
    Dara Hurtabout 4 years ago

    Perhaps he is coming to grips with the realization that his loneliness cannot be abated within the Tropical Palms…or maybe he’s about to throw up from too many shots and beers…! Either way this is a very evocative and brilliant shot Richard!!

  • or he is reworking the illusion for others in his repairs or, lol he has nothing to do with the place at all.. I guess that is why i loved this moment, it was so full of stories :) Thank you Dar

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  • Dara Hurt
    Dara Hurtabout 4 years ago

    Exactly! So many possibilities from this one shot!

  • LOL the art of the story teller in an image :)

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  • Andrea Rapisarda
    Andrea Rapisardaabout 4 years ago

    a very interesting b&w shot !

  • Thank you Andrea

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