Aitchison has embodied the irony of this street. Upon its discovery Peter noticed that lining the steps of ‘Paradise Walk’ were syringes and litter; the brick walls were also clearly murky and neglected. It is a renowned spot for ladies of the night and so this irony adopts a sinister tone.
This scene is heavy with memories of times of sadness and perhaps moments of desperation. It recalls images of Northern Art particularly the work of LS Lowry, William Ralph Turner and Harold Riley. The walls are dripping with stories witnessed and all this is highlighted by the ray of light on the right hand side of the photograph. This shot does not disregard these memories or try to commercialise this well-known spot in Manchester. Instead it confronts head on, some of the very real issues that modern, developing cities face. Susan Sontag said ‘Photographs cannot create a moral position, but they can reinforce one – and can help build a nascent one’. This is certainly what this work is about.