Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting

I do like reflections in photography as they can add another dimension to a photograph or combine the visible with the otherwise invisible. Any reflective surface will do: a puddle, glass frontage of a building or a simple mirror.

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Three Queens in Liverpool

Celebrating the 175th anniversary of Cunard Line the three queens, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria made their way to Liverpool for the first ever three Queens meeting on the River Mersey. I had been warned that many spectators were expected but wasn’t quite prepared for this. Getting to Liverpool by public transport felt like using the London underground during rush hour whilst there’s a strike. And once I joined the crowds at the waterfront, I was acutely aware that I was about a foot too short (or at least a couple of inches), that the memorial/statue with people on its walls was definitely obscuring my view, that the loudspeakers weren’t working and just another obstacle in my view and that the crowds were moving in closer and closer. I loved every second of it. Sometimes I miss living in a big city. It was quite a spectacle though with live music, live commentary (we unfortunately couldn’t understand because of said loudspeakers), gun salutes and even a bit of sunshine. I do apologize for some pictures in advance. In order to take them and see anything at all I had to stand on my tiptoes and stretch as high as I could. I couldn’t actually see what I was photographing. So if there are any eye-watering hairdos or people picking their noses, I am sorry. I got a better view towards the end when people were already leaving.

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Queen Victoria (I think) was the second ship in the procession which was lead by Queen Elizabeth.

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Queen Mary 2 arrives again. She had spent the previous night in Liverpool and had sailed to the mouth of the river to greet the other Queens.

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The crowds. The building in the middle is the Cunard building.

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Meet Queen Mary 2. I wasn’t that far back, just too short.

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A bit of water ballet. The ships were turning around – synchronised. Quite impressive considering their size.

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Red Arrows fly-past. Only thing I heard was “Here they come?” “Where?” “There. Straight ahead.” I was lucky I caught them on camera as I couldn’t actually see them at that point.

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Meet Queen Elizabeth

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Queen Mary 2 leaving Liverpool

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Queen Elizabeth on her way to the Cruise Liner terminal. On the right you can still see Queen Mary 2.

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Queen Victoria anchors in the river. She will leave Liverpool tomorrow.

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Queen Elizabeth tied up at the berth.

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Queen Elizabeth and the derelict wharfage offshore from Princes Dock.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

On my trips to Liverpool last autumn I spotted some buildings that are in desperate need of some love and work.

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The Lime Street Picture House, Lime Street

Also known as The Futurist, it was the first purpose built cinema in Liverpool and first opened in September 1912. It had a Georgian style front, blue Sicilian marble foyer and featured a lift, which was quite unusual at the time. It closed its doors for the final time in July 1982.

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Derelict wharf off Princes Dock

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Just a couple of metres away are the new buildings of the redevelopment of Princes Dock. This is really old and new next to each other.

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Nothing’s happening…

Forgotten about? It has looked like this for a while now. I’m not sure whether it’s supposed to go up or down.

Shapes and Patterns – Liverpool

One thing I like about the architecture in Liverpool is the mix between old and new. I admit it can go both ways – not every one of the more modern buildings is a pleasure to look at – but sometimes if you take a closer look they can create the most interesting shapes and patterns.

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