Over the last twenty years each time I visit Liverpool it becomes increasingly better and more vibrant. In the 1980’s it was an unpleasant place with crime high and very evident poverty, dereliction and neglect.
Looking around now these dark days appear to be well in the past and Liverpool has risen to become a bright and prosperous city of culture.
My father had always wanted to look round the cathedral and despite being retired for about 10 years had not found the time to get there. He also got me started on my journey into photography back in my early teens and gave me my first SLR with the advice that speed, focus and aperture work in synchronicity to produce great results. His advice as it turned out was broadly wrong but the inspiring slide shows of his Greenland and Alaskan kayak expeditions encouraged me to follow a photographic path.
It is interesting that in some ways for this trip our roles had reversed. I gave Dad a Sony RX100 camera and some instruction on composition, lighting, aperture and focus.
So we set off and found an ultra secure car park with excellent lighting, 24 hour security and barriers just incase some elements from the 80’s have not changed. This car park was underneath Liverpool One a new shopping and leisure complex nestled between the main shopping street and the waterside. This centre is bright and airy with glass and steel walkways shooting off at jaunty angles above and below to create an ultra modern and clean feel.
For this trip I brought along the Fuji X100s with its fixed 23mm f2 lens. No bag just attached to my wrist via a soft leather umbilical strap. A couple of spare batteries and a polarizing filter in my pocket snuggling up against the spare 16gb Sandisk Extreme Pro SD card.
The X100s is perfectly sized for a day trip giving me loads of flexibility for the many different photographic opportunities that awaited me.
Although Liverpool has much improved there are still pockets of dereliction and neglect and on exiting Liverpool1 a single turn of the head brings into view shiny glass and aluminum ultra modernity, hand crafted stonework then total dereliction and neglect which no doubt in the near future will be transformed into more glass and aluminum modernity.
Our first destination was the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral which was completed in 1978 and sitting atop a hill with commanding views across the city and beyond. Sir John Betjeman said the cathedral is one of the finest buildings in the world.
The cathedral tower stands 500 feet above sea level and on a clear day provides some jaw dropping views.
Inside the cathedral it is difficult to believe that it is so young having been completed just 35 or so years ago. But behind the main areas the modern building methods become more apparent with cast concrete, trunking and cinder blocks nestling against the traditional block work.
Here are some images from the trip.