image of New Year’s mayhem in Manchester goes viral


image of New Year’s A photograph depicting New Years Eve celebrations gone wrong in central Manchester has been compared to a Renaissance masterpiece

A photograph of a Manchester street strewn with revellers is being lauded online for artfully capturing a uniquely British New Years Eve celebration.

The striking image, shot by freelance news photographer Joel Goodman, first appeared in a picture gallery on the Manchester Evening News website, and was brought to Twitters attention by BBC producer Roland Hughes.

Roland Hughes (@hughesroland) January 1, 2016

So much going on this pic of New Year in Manchester by the Evening News. Like a beautiful painting. pic.twitter.com/szKKRM4U4i

image of New Year’s The image, likened in its composition to a Renaissance masterpiece, depicts police wrestling a man in the foreground, crowds watching near a Greggs bakery in the back, and a gentleman in blue, reclining on the bitumen, reaching for a nearby beer.

Hughes post was retweeted more 25,000 times, his suggestion the photo looked like a beautiful painting inspiring some on Twitter to turn it into one.

Ben Darlow (@kapowaz) January 1, 2016

@hughesroland @ajlanghorn I had a go at turning it into a watercolour with Waterlogue pic.twitter.com/MmbiZ0SsD3

The Wolf of Whatever (@mjlovatt_LFC) January 1, 2016

@hughesroland @paul_tomkins pic.twitter.com/UIA91KB8ZJ

Its aesthetic appeal was no surprise, one Twitter user pointed out: the photograph hewed to the Fibonacci Spiral used by greats such as Leonardo Da Vinci to achieve balance and mirror the beauty of nature.

Roland Hughes (@hughesroland) January 1, 2016

Thanks to @GroenMNG for proving the golden ratio can be applied to this pic: pic.twitter.com/Fa1EYSV6ih

Others took the prone man as their muse, riffing on his outstretched form and sage expression, which they compared to God himself in Michelangelos 1511 masterpiece, the Creation of Adam. image of New Year’s

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NOTLR (@NOTLR) January 1, 2016

@hughesroland pic.twitter.com/B80KQGVP0t

Another placed him at the banks of the river Seine in George Seurats 1884 work, Bathers at Asieneres.

Roland Hughes (@hughesroland) January 1, 2016

And there’s more – good work @johnbeck_ pic.twitter.com/N6me1jnn2E

Others saw in his hopeful reach as a shining symbol of liberty.

2016 (@martian_munk) January 1, 2016

@NOTLR @hughesroland pic.twitter.com/kubBYDWuFV

Quoted by the Manchester Evening News, Goodman he said the appeal of the image might lie in its unusual subject matter.

There are plenty of photographs published that show people having a great time. Its much safer and easier photographing happy, willing people posing than photographing angry, drunk people candid.

Thats not a criticism of the former, but its one reason why the latter might stand out.

He said he was flattered that his photograph had been compared to Renaissance art, but said he was merely in the right place at the right time.

Or as American photographic pioneer Ansell Adams put it: Sometimes I arrive just when Gods ready to have someone click the shutter.


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