Happy birthday today Monsieur Valette
Monsieur Valette who depicted smoky industrial Manchester just a century ago (1913) was born 137 years ago on the 16.10.1876 in Saint-Etienne in France then settled in Manchester in 1904. Where as I, was born on the 16.10.1976 bang on 100 years later in Fougères also in France, and settled in Manchester in 2000.
The city where Valette saw beauty I saw possibility and the city is Manchester!
A TV series being screened on the BBC at the moment enlivens the beauty of these monochrome cityscapes with atmospheric foggy streets and industrial graft. Peaky Blinders powerfully gives the feeling that anything is possible… with determination.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01fj945 last episode tomorrow.