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Colourful New Photo Exhibition of Levenshulme Small Businesses

Wednesday, December 02 at 12:25

Love Levenshulme have launched an online photo exhibition this week in the lead up to Small Business Saturday on the 5th of December, to highlight and celebrate the diverse mix of independent trade in the arty South Manchester suburb. It aims to encourage more visitors to the area and let people find out what ‘hidden gems’ are residing on Levenshulme high street, market and beyond.The project started as a result of Pauline Johnston, a local resident who had recently moved into the area, wanting to share her journey of discovery in her new neighbourhood.The founder of new community website Love Levenshulme, says;“The unique characters of the people behind the shop fronts, organisations and market stalls fascinated me. Everyone I met was so passionate, warm and interesting. It’s like no place I’ve ever lived before. The traders make it feel like a village.I wanted to find a way of capturing the essence of these individuals, their workplace and sharing them to the wider public. I wanted to create an online window for the high street of Levenshulme for people who may not know what lies behind the shop facades on the long A6 stretch and the streets beyond.”Sharah Smith, the photographer behind the colourful portraits visited many high street and market traders, including Trove Bakery, Bud Garden Centre, All FM and Alborz Persian Restaurant seeking their participation and getting to know the subjects and making them feel comfortable in front of the camera in a short space of time.“I was overwhelmed with the amount of heart that goes into creating the network of Levenshulme’s independents. I found some absolute gems! As I was working, photographing the traders I tried not to ‘pose’ or set up the image too much. I wanted the real personalities of the person to shine through.”Love Levenshulme has created and online legacy for the project with the help of funding from Laing O’Rourke and Forever Manchester as well as support from Levenshulme Market’s High Street Innovation Fund. A permanent online exhibition has been created which aims to share the spirit and passion for the traders livelihoods and capture the prevailing mood that that Levenshulme is indeed open for business.Follow the link for the complete exhibition

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