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Reflections of Liverpool

October 11, 2014  •  5 Comments

Art should be for everyone

Andy Warhol

A friendly rivalry exists been Liverpudlians (from Liverpool) and Mancunians (from Manchester).  Think Liverpool FC v Manchester United. The Beatles v Oasis. Scouse v Hotpot. And the so list goes on... But the rivalry between theses two neighbouring cities has roots in Victorian times - to  industrialisation and in particular the building of the Manchester Ship Canal from the River Mersey and feuding merchants. I've visited the Manchester end of the waterway at Salford Quays many times. Despite being a Mancunian, I love to 'cross the border' to visit the city of Liverpool. I'm always drawn to docklands and historical industrial warehouses and so Albert Dock on the River Mersey is a perfect destination.

photo of Liverpool Albert Docks

It hasn't always been picture-perfect though. WW2 bomb damage and, over the following decades,  a dramatic decline in industry and trading to the late 1970s left this area a grim desolate and sewage-filled wasteland- a no-go area. Bleak indeed. 

photo of Liverpool Albert Docks In the early 1980s  life-line was thrown in the form of an ambitious and impressive regeneration programme. Futuristic new now sits comfortably with richly historic old.

photo of Liverpool Albert Docks The waterfront is lined with modern structures. An abundance of glass and strong lines. The figure in the window gives a sense of perspective.

photo of Liverpool Albert Docks I'm always drawn to detail in reflections - I feel this is one of my 'trademarks'.  The big wheel - every city seems to have one-  red brick warehouses and sheds.

photo of Liverpool Albert Docks We Mancunians mocked when Liverpool was named European Capital of Culture in 2008.  Oh how wrong we were. I'm looking forward to the Transmitting Andy Warhol exhibition coming soon to the Tate Liverpool - a perfect excuse to return.

photo of Liverpool Albert Docks The River Mersey looks cold and murky but when the sun makes an appearance the crowds flock here to stroll along the promenade on the waterfront. The water is apparently is the cleanest since the Industrial Revolution although I wouldn't dare take a dip in it!

photo of Liverpool Albert Docks I like the reflections here of old architecture on modern. 

photo of Liverpool Albert Docks Can you spot the two famous mythical Liver birds perched on the towers of the Liver Building? The legend goes that if these two birds were ever to fly away then the city of Liverpool would cease to exist. They're firmly fastened down!

photo of Liverpool Albert Docks The Royal Liver building dates back to 1911 and was one of the first buildings in the world to be constructed from reinforced concrete. The elaborate squared building in the middle is the Cunard Building - a reminder of the significance of Liverpool as major port when our ancestors sailed away on the liners to new lives across the globe. 

photo of Liverpool Albert Docks The Port of Liverpool Building, a traffic cone and a 'One-Way' sign!  This building is known as one of the Three Graces -  together with the Liver Building and Cunard Building. 

photo of Liverpool Albert Docks

The Beatles seem to be on every street corner in one form or another. And a good excuse to stop for a cuppa! 

photo of Liverpool Albert Docks

No photos of cake this time. I've been on a sugar detox for the last two weeks. I know, hard to believe isn't it? 

I'm sorry I've not been very productive here over the last few weeks.It's not that I've lost my photo-mojo! I'm busy revamping my website galleries to better reflect my evolving style - and I'll be launching a new print gallery soon. So watch this space!

I hope you liked my Weekend Walk around the waterfront in Liverpool. I highly recommend a visit if you're ever passing by. And don't forget your camera -  a paradise for photographers. 

If you'd like share  your walks with your camera please feel free to add your link in the comments box. 

Take care, Helen x 


Cindy Swainson(non-registered)
Helen, as always I enjoyed your armchair tour. You captured the mix of Liverpool's old and new beautifully, and I am especially intrigued/inspired by your reflection photos.

I went on a walk with you in mind: http://cindyswainson.blogspot.com/2014/10/weekend-walk-just-up-street.html

Viv Halliwell(non-registered)
I so want to visit Liverpool. I've heard about it from Mark it sounds so dynamic the architecture is so interesting.
fab pictures and lots of interesting info about Liverpool and its buildings
A Flash of Inspiration
I like the mix of old and new too. Sometimes it doesn't work but I think it sits comfortably together here.
Good for you to be working on your work! I love the contrast of the old and new in your photos. The fab 4 cafe sounds like a great place.
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