With a city center that has a large council building, a 1970s shopping district, and a collapsed concrete library, it’s fair to say that Swinton is not known for its appearance.
But the hidden beauty of the suburb of Salford is now revealed to the world thanks to the arrival of a photographer from Brazil who saw the city through fresh eyes.
Antonio Basilio moved to the area with his family two years ago and has captured a series of striking images that he shared with his Instagram followers in South America.
The 47-year-old photographer escaped from political turmoil in his homeland in 2018 and has made a new life in Swinton with his wife Laura and their 8-year-old son, AJ.
“As photojournalists, things are starting to get very challenging in Brazil, we have the opportunity to move to England where my wife Laura has a family,” Antonio said.
“We feel very welcomed, safe and part of this community in Swinton.
“I love the simplicity of nature in England and the contrast of historic buildings and contemporary culture – it inspires and astonishes.
“Brazil is a country in its childhood compared to England because of its history. Research and learning about local history is very interesting.”
Antonio was not the first Swinton resident to be inspired by the city landscape; LS Lowry stayed for some time on Station Road. And like Lowry, Antonio hopes his drawings will preserve time for the city.
“Swinton always seems to have a good light and a different perspective for photography. It’s interesting to see how things change,” he said.
Antonio also posted photos of Manchester’s city center and other areas in Salford, but most of his photos have recently caught the change of season in parks, underpasses, streets and shopping centers around Swinton.
His photos – all taken with Huawei phones – include landmarks such as St Peter’s Church and East Lancs Road as well as park benches and fields.
Antonio even has a soft spot for the 1960s concrete library and Lancastrian Hall, which dominates the city center even though deteriorating structures have been closed since 2015.
“I think it’s interesting to see how the library still stands and it would be nice to see it being used again,” Antonio said.
See some of Antonio’s pictures in the gallery above or visit the Instagram page.
You can also see some more amazing pictures around Salford MySalford Instagram page.
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