Photographer and writer Simon Buckley is the nocturnal force behind Not Quite Light, a personal mission to capture other-wordly images of familiar urban landscapes before dawn breaks.

A series of events in May will provide an opportunity for people to see his work and world for themselves.

Photographs from Buckley’s current project, From Trinity To The Crescent, will be exhibited at the Lowry Hotel, Salford from May 17.

There are over 20 events over the weekend to coincide with the launch of the exhibition of pictures taken in Salford.

“Salford has struggled to have its own identity in the shadow of Manchester, but it's a city rich in history and arguably should be at least as famous as Manchester in its own right,” Simon explains.

“It's an extraordinary city and different to Manchester and to lump them together is not to notice the vital differences.

"The real purpose of this festival is to draw people into Salford and to cause them to look at it differently and explore it like I have, to learn about it and see the city from a different perspective.”

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Highlights of the Not Quite Light weekends are below:

Friday, 18 May:

Trough dawn and dusk

A tour and talk at the Working Class Movement Library exploring the lives of workers who had to be at work through dawn and dusk. (free)

The Changing Face Of Salford

A talk by Simon Buckley on the current Not Quite Light project, followed by a documentary from 1968 called the Changing face Of Salford, looking at the slum clearances in Ordsall. The afternoon is concluded with a panel discussion on the value of heritage in a changing and dynamic city - with the city Mayor Paul Dennett, Shelagh McNerney from the Salford City Council development office, Clare Devaney of Citizen-i and Andy Avery, director of Buttress architects. It will be chaired by Katie Popperwell.


On the evening of Friday 18th, Transition will feature readings from Julie Hesmondhalgh, exploring the changes to Salford over the centuries. There will also be a world premiere of commissioned work by musician Daniel Mawson, inspired by the Not Quite Light project and a special performance of Amid The Mirk & The Irk with Mike McGoldrick - a fusion of Irish and Klezmer music.

The Real Story

The Real Story, which opens the festival, has commissioned five writers to produce new work based on the theme of the half light.

Flashes of Wilderness

Late on the Saturday, May 19,  an event exploring women alone in darkness, space and places. This will be held in the Q Car park on Chapel Street.

Music performance at St Philips Chapel Street

The other headline event which has an amazing array of young talent performing in the atmospheric surroundings of St. Philips Chapel Street, Salford.