Reds and blues always seem attractive in photographs, the blue calms and the red attracts attention. I feel that is why I like the above photograph so much, the way the red pillars reflect on the surface of the water really draws your eye. I was stood outside The Beatles Story Museum to take this picture, looking north, across Albert Dock to the Merseyside Maritime Museum on the left and the Edward Pavilion on the right of the image. On the corner of the dock is Granada TV and the chimney poking out behind the building is from The Pump House pub. As you can see from all the cranes to the far edges of the image, there is a lot of construction going on around the Albert Dock area.
The DUKW (pronounced duck) was originally designed for the American military. It is a six-wheeled-drive amphibious truck which can be seen here driving out of the Salthouse Dock on its daily tour of Liverpool and the Albert Docks. When you spot these vehicles on the road, it is very obvious that they look like boats due to the design. But when in the water they look like a normal boat, because the wheels are hidden under the water. I had planned this photograph and waited about ten minutes after seeing it sail off around the docks, but someone who was looking at the boat and not realising it was amphibious must get quite a shock when they see this monster driving out of the water.
As promised in yesterday’s post I did go down to Manchester Piccadilly train station and I did get on the first train I saw. I ended up at Liverpool Lime Street station. I have been wanting to photograph Liverpool for years, waiting for a nice day but always finding I was busy or had other plans. The Albert Docks were a particular focal point for the days picture taking, and although other areas were explored, I kept coming back to the docks. The above photograph shows a red ship, which on closer inspection was called “Planet” but it appeared to have the name faded or half removed. Strictly speaking the ship isn’t in the Albert Dock itself but rather in Dukes Dock. The whole area of docks seems to get referred to as the Albert Docks. So I now have some interesting Liverpool and Salford Quays photographs to share with you.