So, the Giants returned. And Liverpool responded in style. Big style. I have never seen so many people in Liverpool for any event as there were this weekend. It was insane but good natured. It could have got ugly, but it didn't. There were issues, for sure, with so many people around wanting a look, that's inevitable, but we did get a look. And what a look it was. This seemed to me to be a game changer - it was massive - much, much bigger than 2 years ago. It was hard work, but it was immensely satisfying. Liverpool's on a roll anyway just now. It has just punched a very long way above it's weight.
Liverpool's newest car builder has a stand at Mann Island for the International Festival for Business showing off their wares. Apart from the one they built earlier, they're doing a live build of a brand new car. Cool to see how it progresses. I was down there taking a few shots when I was invited in to get closer. Nice one. Perfect for the fish eye.
Carlos Cruz-Diez has created a Dazzle Ship in Liverpool as a part of both the Biennial and in recognition of the centenary of the start of WWI. The idea of the patterns was to confuse the German submarines as to the speed of the ships. No one can prove that it worked, but I'd like to think it helped.
The thing that struck me when taking these shots was that everybody involved loved the idea. There was a webcam set up so Carlos could see the progress. The painters were well in to it - they all came from Cammell Laird and they loved the exercise of shifting the pattern along the ship.
Last week I had a really lovely time shooting the crew from Shiverpool. We started at the Victoria Monument on Derby Square and then meandered our way around the original seven streets of Liverpool. A genuinely interesting tour with shivers (obv.) and tales of death and pestillence thrown in. This tour was specially put on for some film and TV types who were location scouting in Liverpool, I'l bet it whetted their appetites for more. Added bonus was the trip to the roof of the Town Hall.
Oh, and the couple with the flowers. They were a side show, deliberately placed to confuse.