The location of Mr Thomas’ Chop House was of the highest local significance as the site faced the city’s original Town Hall on the corner of King Street. The New York Times once wrote that 'Mr Thomas’ Chop House was Manchester’s most venerable pub.'
This photograph makes this building seem humble against what we the viewer now knows to be a built up City Centre. Aitchison manages to personify Mr Thomas’ Chop House through his clever composition, use of light and exclusion of all other buildings around it. This makes it seems alone and forgotten, so when looking one can’t help but connect emotionally with the building.
Aitchison manages to take a relic and give it a dialogue with audiences today and reminds us not to forget about the rich history that Manchester has to offer. In this vein, Susan Sontag said ‘To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability…All photographs testify to time’s relentless melt’.