A photography exhibition celebrates the lives of residents of Paradise Street in Bradford

A NEW exhibition celebrating diversity and the lives of people on a street in Bradford opens tomorrow.

Cath Muldowney took her first photo of what would become the Paradise Street – Under One Sky exhibit nearly two and a half years ago.

This first snap, taken before the pandemic, inspired a series of images of the lives of residents of one of Bradford’s “richest cultural areas”.

Cath Muldowney – Paradise Street-Under One Sky Exhibition Photographer

Cath said: “I was born and raised in Bradford, and have spent my life roaming these streets.

“It was a beautiful summer evening, and I was just walking and came across this street called Paradise Street and there was a group of young people standing around the corner.

“I asked them if I could take their picture under the road sign and when I looked at it I thought it was something worth sharing.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: an image from the exhibition, showcasing the diverse people of Bradford An image from the exhibition, showcasing the diverse people of Bradford

“It’s a lovely area, Paradise Street, located at the top of the city, between Westgate and Sunbridge Road.

“The people were lovely, they made me feel like part of their community and I loved every minute of it.

“There’s a real community spirit on the street and they have it all there.”

The series of photos, printed in black and white, capture people going about their daily lives.

Cath wanted to show an alternative perspective of Bradford and the people who make up the town.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Images of the people of Paradise Street Images of the inhabitants of Paradise Street

“We always see people on Instagram, and they look fantastic, but I wanted to show people that you wouldn’t necessarily find there,” she said.

“The series is about showing people in their daily lives. Nobody offered to be photographed, it was only natural.

“Some were reluctant to be photographed, saying why would you take my picture, but you don’t see these people in the galleries.

“This project excited me. Everyone has their own story to tell and it’s all part of the fabric that makes up Bradford.

“I think people make it what it is.

“People have been really nice to me and welcomed me into their community.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Mounting the exhibition at the Trapezium Gallery Installation of the exhibition at the Galerie Trapezium

“It was a fantastic project and I really enjoyed it.

“It’s their show, it’s for them not for me and I really hope they like it.”

The exhibition will run from August 6-27 at the Trapezium Gallery, on Kirkgate. A launch event will take place on August 6 between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

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Tracey L. Sweeney