The full story of the picture of New Year in Manchester

The likes of The Guardian are getting excited about the picture taken on New Year’s Eve in Manchester, and indeed, it’s not just a telling document of our times, but it’s a fantastically composed picture the photographer, Joel Goodman, has taken. To get to that image there’s a few you need to see to get the full picture and to realise just how great an image the one everyone’s talking about is.

The full selection of pictures taken by Goodman is in this gallery posted on the Manchester Evening News’s website. There are some more really good pictures Goodman’s taken (he seems to have an extraordinary eye for a great picture in a load of chaos) but the story starts with this picture.


The situation starts here as the lad in the middle is either squaring up to, or standing up to the two lads in front of him. So far not too exceptional of a typical Friday or Saturday night.


Between the previous picture and the above on it’s all kicked off. The bloke in the greenish jumper has been jumped on the the police because I presume he was actually the person kicking off and this leads into the picture the internet is talking about…


Everything in this picture tells a story. The eye is instantly drawn to the older chap drunk in the street reaching for his bottle of beer, but the thing to note is the lighting as it’s supposed to be night and indeed some commentators have mentioned this as some sort of ‘proof’ that this may be doctored/staged. Fact is you go out in a city centre it is light like this, and Manchester is a city like any other that has this sort of light at night so that’s more to do with people commenting that don’t go out at night.

But it’s a great story being told from the bloke in the street, to the girl bollocking the police/person they’re nicking to the girls in the background eating kebabs looking at what’s going on.

Things don’t stop there…


This speaks for itself really…..

As does this one….


The protagonist of these picture is taken away by the police having taken a smack at some point and this little story of the 21st century is over. It probably took up no more than five minutes but to get one astonishing image out of that carnage is a fantastic thing.

There’s one more image in there I like that sums up the sheer misery of a crap New Year’s Eve and it’s this one.


This also speaks for itself. Having half a dozen¬†Jaegerbombs seemed a good idea at the time but at 3am in the kebab shop it’ll catch up with you.