Backs streets – Liverpool City Centre 2012
Echo Arena, Liverpool
The last few shots of Liverpool – still wet!
This is how the day felt…..
Back street – very few people braved the weather……
Most sheltered in coffee shops – admiring the architecture outside.
The skyline of Liverpool – see how many objects point upwards in this shot – like a collection of stalagmites at different stages of development.
The dominant structure is the Radio City Tower described in Wikipedia as follows:-
Radio City Tower (also known as St. John’s Beacon) FTM Tower is a radio and observation tower in Liverpool, England, built in 1969 and opened by Queen Elizabeth II. It is 138 metres (452 ft) tall, and was built as a ventilation shaft for St. John’s Market, however was never used as such due to a new law passed on the year of completion. It is the second tallest free-standing structure in Liverpool and the 32nd tallest in the United Kingdom.
Castle Street has a number of Grade II listed buildings including the Nat West Bank, second building from right.
Albion House, Liverpool
Albion House (also known as the White Star Building) is a Grade II* listed building located in Liverpool, England. It was constructed between 1896 and 1898 and is positioned on the corner of James Street and the Strand across from the Pier Head.
The Museum of Liverpool at Pier Head near the Royal Liver Building. The reflection in the windows shows the Edwardian Baroque style Port of Liverpool Building opposite.
Iconic building – with the two Liver Birds visible at the very top of the structure (further details below).
Royal Liver Building
The Royal Liver Building ( /ˈlaɪvər/) is a Grade I listed building located in Liverpool, England. It is sited at the Pier Head and along with the neighbouring Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building is one of Liverpool’s Three Graces, which line the city’s waterfront. It is also part of Liverpool’s UNESCO designated World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City.
Opened in 1911, the building is the purpose-built home of the Royal Liver Assurance group, which had been set up in the city in 1850 to provide locals with assistance related to losing a wage-earning relative. One of the first buildings in the world to be built using reinforced concrete, the Royal Liver Building stands at 90 m (300 ft) tall.
Today the Royal Liver Building is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the city of Liverpool and is home to two fabledLiver Birds that watch over the city and the sea. Legend has it that were these two birds to fly away, then the city would cease to exist.
A day trip to Liverpool on probably the wettest day of the year! The shoot was aimed at the architectural heritage of the city but we compromised due to the weather. The rain only stopped on the train journey home.
To set the scene for the next few posts, this was the view across the Mersey on arrival in Liverpool. Dark skies and wet pavement were the norm of the day.
Tomorrow is a days shoot in Liverpool with a fellow Photographer Jamie Smith. Look out for the results in a few days. Meanwhile a teaser from a previous trip.