January 4, 2016 2:53 pm
Updated: January 4, 2016 4:10 pm

There’s so much going on in this now viral ‘Creation of Manchester’ New Year’s Eve photo

The “Creation of Manchester.”

Screenshot via Twitter/@hughesroland

Like many famous artworks, it’s really hard to look away from the now infamous “Creation of Manchester” photo showing revellers partying hard on New Year’s Eve in the large British city.

First of all, here’s the photo tweeted by the person who made it go viral.

“So much going on this pic of New Year in Manchester by the Evening News. Like a beautiful painting,” BBC journalist Roland Hughes tweeted.

The photo was taken by freelance photographer Joel Goodman and was first published in the Manchester Evening News on New Year’s Day.

As the Evening News puts it, the photo shows “debauchery on the city’s streets this New Year’s Eve.”

“The image, taken on Well Street (ironically), shows the moment police officers appear to restrain a man in the middle of the road, while another seemingly inebriated chap reaches for a beer as he lies in the street,” Manchester Evening News writer Todd Fitzgerald described the situation unfolding in the still image.

But it wasn’t until the BBC journalist tweeted the photo for it go viral after spotting the image “buried deep in a gallery” on the News website.

“It immediately jumped out – it had so much drama in one place I couldn’t stop staring at it,” Hughes wrote, explaining why he tweeted the image.

The image drew comparisons to masterpieces by the likes of Van Gogh and Michelangelo, among others.

The British newspaper caught up with one of the revellers in the photo to find out what exactly was going on in the image.

Hannah Kirby, the woman in the red dress, explained that two of her male friends ended up on the ground after a scuffle with police, and just before the image was taken. But, more importantly, she explained what exactly the man in blue, with his belly hanging out, was up to,

“He wasn’t casually chilling and reaching for his beer! There was a bit of commotion went on and he was knocked over but managed to save his bottle of beer,” Kirby explained.

She said the other man, who appeared to have been restrained by police, that “ he didn’t get arrested, he was fine in the end.”

Here’s a look at some of the best memes to come out of the ‘Creation of Manchester’ New Year’s Eve photo.



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