I spent the afternoon in Liverpool yesterday, photographing artists in their studios. It was great fun, and the people I met were so friendly and patient while I fussed around them. The spaces themselves were amazing too – so vibrant, and just buzzing with creativity.
I’ve got lots of pictures to go through to pull an edit together, but I’m very pleased with what I’m seeing so far. I’ll be going to back to photograph some more artists next week.
There’s no doubt about it – Liverpool’s Boss!
Liverpool has changed massively since I used to work here as a computer programmer back in the mid-1990s. I remember certain areas being no-go zones, not particularly because of crime or violence (this was long after the days of the Toxteth riots), but simply because large parts of the city comprised of nothing but derelict warehouses.
Nowadays, the city is still undergoing the massive transformation that seemed to spark off almost a decade ago when Liverpool was awarded the accolade of European Capital of Culture in 2008.
Parts of the city are now unrecognisable from how they were just ten years ago, and even from the Albert Dock, as seen above, giant overhead cranes swing out over the city almost everywhere you look.
Myself and other photographers really feel the buzz of this transformation, and whenever I’m in town I am rarely without my camera, documenting the various aspects of the change.