“Ferry Cross the Mersey” was the name of a 1964 song by Gerry & the Pacemakers. When I went to Birkenhead to capture this photograph it wasn’t my intention to get a ferry in the photograph. But thankfully they were still going at around 5pm when this was taken. Sadly, on the full sized version the ferry is quite blurred. This was because I set the camera on a tripod with a longer than normal exposure time, then sat down on a bench next to it and waited. I was there over an hour, not waiting for a ferry but waiting for that reflection as the sky darkened and the lights from the buildings started to reflected in the calm water.
After yesterdays dusk and night shoot around Salford Quays in Manchester I wanted more. So I met up with Kay in Chester and we drove down to Birkenhead. After an hour waiting around in the freezing cold on the banks of the River Mersey I managed to get this photograph of the Royal Liver Building. There is even a Ferry in the lower left corner in front of the building.
I remember visiting this art gallery back in 2003 with my Grandparents. It was a great day out and one of the first which I documented on my website at the time, sadly it was before my days of digital photography. Early this year I returned to the Albert Docks and took a few snaps of the outside of the gallery. There was no time to look around inside but I did capture the above photo of the entrance. Looking through my photo subjects I have a lot of work to do in certain areas, Liverpool is definitely one of the cities I will be visiting a number of times in the coming 12 months to get a better record of the city for this website.
Please click the photograph above to see a large image preview. You might say, “But it is just a photo of three industrial bins at the back of a pub” – you’d be right. But when you see the larger version you can see that this photograph is a little different. Regular readers will know the images I like to capture – architecture and travel with nice blue skies. I look for the typical picture postcards. Well, there are times when a photograph is inspired by a style of photography and tries to imitate in order to learn from it. I feel that the above photograph is very artistic. Technically it is pin sharp and, although at first glance this image does just show three bins and a pub sign – I was drawn to the way that the graffiti links to the pub sign. For me, this photograph asks a lot of questions. What does “Time Shop Pig Eat” mean? Why does this pub have it’s sign on the back wall by the bins? What does the graffiti behind the bins say? For some reason, this pub makes me uncomfortable. It was taken last month on a day trip to Liverpool. I didn’t go inside the pub but I do remember it being in the middle of a practically deserted car park.