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8 years of Cunard liners in Liverpool

In 2007 the Liverpool Cruise Liner terminal opened with a visit from the Cunard cruise liner the QE2, a ship from my childhood. When the QE2 first came to Liverpool, in 1990, I was there to see it. My parents and I hung out with some photographer friends at the Egremont Ferry pub. It was an experience I’ll never forget.Read More

Calatrava – Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

I love Calatrava’s work in Valencia. It’s bat poop crazy. You’ve got eight different buildings. Each one would be insane on their own but as an entire complex they make up the astounding ‘City of Arts and Sciences’. It’s epic and beautiful.

I originally posted these photos back in 2011 but I wanted to revisit them to correct any lens distortion in them and also tweak the processing. I think these are better.

I also think I’ve developed an actual understanding of my photography in recent months, at least in architectural photography. I like a well designed product, like most things Apple do. A beautiful car. There’s a real beauty in the way something is designed. Thing goes here. Light hits in this way. It just works.

Photographers often talk about finding your voice. I do sort of feel like I’ve glimpsed hints of my architectural voice… maybe. My portraiture voice needs a lot of work. I can’t say why I love portraits but I do. You see a face. You have to photograph it. I can’t really explain it more than that. But architecture fits in with my daily love of design. I worry a lot that I should specialise in something. Focus. Find a niche and an audience to target. But I see a number of photographers I respect who do great architectural work and also great portraits too. Jim Stephenson, McCoy Wynne and Tony Ray-Jones. So its ok to be an architectural / portrait photographer with a passion for street. Isn’t it?

Speaking of Tony Ray-Jones. His show opens at the Walker Art Gallery on 13th Feb. I cannot wait to revisit it.

Anyway. Here’s some photos of a seriously amazing place. I would love to go back with a medium format setup one day. Oh and obligatory SPACESHIP!!!

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Mr Cliff Rowlands

Mr Cliff Rowlands. He served in Bosnia, the first Gulf war, 9 times northern island, community service in South Africa and other places. He attended Remembrance Sunday to honour his friends who died during their service.

After talking with Mr Rowlands for a few minutes he told me he used to have more medals. Unfortunately his flat was broken into and some medals were stolen. They had no monetary value only sentimental. Yet they were stolen.

Selfie Center

2 years ago I visited Venice. So many people had big DSLRs and I was loving the small Fuji X100 at the time. 2 years later and people still have big cameras but also selfie sticks. People seriously walk around with their phone in a selfie stick in case an emergency selfie moment arrises and they quickly need to photograph themselves in it. This is a thing now. It’s bat poop crazy.

We noticed this phenomenon in full effect on the Accademia Bridge. A tout had setup at the end of it selling these sticks and I guess thats part of the problem. All over Venice touts are pushing these sticks. I haven’t seen anyone using one of the led toys you throw in the air but I’ve seen a lot of people with the selfie sticks. Clearly a big market for them.

I don’t remember anyone needing a stick as a kid when we were on holiday. Maybe we were more trusting with strangers and simply got someone to take our family photo? I’d happily hand over a 35mm compact camera more so than my iPhone. Maybe thats what these people think and thats why they buy them? That makes sense. I would still rather extend my arm than raise my iPhone on a stick like some sort of selfie flag.

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