James Chadderton's take on Manchester in ruins hints at the apocalypse without bothering to identify its nature.

His artwork, amalgams of computer graphics, painting and photo, show the effect, but not the cause. It's a deliberate ploy to pull viewers into the scenes of devastation and then allow their imaginations to fill in the back-story.

You can check out Chaderton's work over on his Facebook artist page, or if you live in Manchester, at Incognito Gallery in the city's Northern Quarter. Incognito Gallery is at 5 Stevenson Square, Northern Quarter, City. M1 1DN. 0161 228 7999. The gallery has prints of the art ranging from £350 frames works all the way down to £2 postcards. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday 10am-5.30pm, Sunday noon-4pm.

If you go tell em Kotaku sent you, just to confuse everyone.

Special thanks to intern Chris for hunting down all of these before shots. And to the following photographers for their pictures: Exchange Center Ferris Wheel, Manchester Town Hall, Urbis, Palace Theatre, and The Print Works.

Manchester Apocalypse: Death Of Our City [Manchester Confidential]

A cottonopolis post-apocalypse: Artist displays images of Manchester skyline in a nightmarish future [The Manchester Evening News]

In pictures: Manchester after an apocalypse [BBC]

Music: Apocalyptic Zombie Credits by Cameron Mizell