Monday, 4th June. On the appropriately named Queensway in Wallasey a community closed the street and came together in celebration of the Queen’s 60 years on the throne. This really was a massive street party. I spoke with the organiser Reg who, while being a Royalist, told me that it didn’t matter whether you liked the Queen or not. It was simply a great excuse to bring the street together and have a great day in the sun. I can’t argue with that. There was probably a mile of bunting on display here. There were flags on every house, window, and item of clothing. The Lord Mayor was there and someone even had corgis. Actual corgis at a jubilee street party on a street called Queensway. Unreal.
Friday saw the Olympic Torch Relay arrive on the Wirral. I was in two minds about seeing it. On the one hand it is simply a guy holding a flaming bit of metal. Having been bombarded by adverts with athletes holding Subway sandwiches, showing off makeup products, and generally seeing every brand known to man try and cash in I’ve become a little tired of it all. But on the other hand the Olympic Torch Relay is potentially hugely symbolic and inspirational.
For the most part torch bearers are local heroes, people who inspire us to be better than we are. They walk with a flame lit in Athens that symbolises an event that is all about striving to do better in life. People pushing themselves to break limits, records and simply be the best they can. (Not sponsored by the Army). Pictured below is Brian Powell, registered blind. He carried the torch with his daughter. Do read his story. People lined the streets to see these local heroes carry a torch of inspiration. Hundreds met the torch at Woodside Ferry Terminal and over 20,000 were there to greet it in Liverpool. 20,000 were there in Chester too at ‘The Moment When’ event I photographed earlier in the week.
Every year the Egg Run sees thousands of bikers journey from New Brighton to Clatterbridge Hospital to raise money for children’s ward. Traditionally Easter Eggs were delivered but in recent years they’ve received over 3,000 eggs so they prefer donations. In 2008 they have raised over Â£25,000 for the kids and the run grows year on year. This year over 12,000 bikers took part. I spoke with a few.
Mr. T. Toner had a unique bike and a great spirit. He’s from Wavertree and plans to race his Piaggio around the TT circuit.
On 9th October 2011 I ran the Liverpool Marathon for the RNLI. It was an experience like no other. If you’ve been following my progress over the past few months you will know that it hasn’t been easy.
After my first 15 mile run I could hardly walk. I had breathing issues due to a lack of electrolytes and I threw up. Right there and then I was ready to quit. I felt that my body was at its limit and I had made a stupid arrogant decision by entering the marathon. I spoke to the doctor and she knew exactly what was wrong with my breathing. I added electrolyte based drinks to my training and carried on. The next run was so much better and I felt like I could do the marathon.
I’m running the Liverpool Marathon on 9th October this year. I’m raising money for the RNLI and you can donate on Just Giving. I hope to raise over Â£1,000.
As part of my fundraising I plan to document the people I’m hoping the help, namely the New Brighton RNLI. Over the coming weeks I’ll be profiling the team and documenting their work. On Sunday I met the crew of the hovercraft who were: James Davis, Andy Liston, Simon Clithero, and Paul Wright who commanded the hovercraft.
The Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight is a stunning building. If you’re in the area you should pay it a visit.
I like to think I’ve grown a bit over the years and updating the HDR guide book has really proven to me that I have. Five years ago I did this photo of my mates Honda S2000. I threw contrast and heavy vignetting at an already over-processed tone mapped image. It was so cool! … I look back on that image today and see a list of faults. The image above is an updated version with those faults corrected. I’m assuming that in another 5 years I’ll look back and hate this version too.
A fantastic sense of community in this street in New Brighton. You can view the full set on my personal blog.