Friday
Aug152014

We Buy White Albums

We Buy White Albums

We Buy White Albums

I love this. More than 1,000 copies of the Beatles' White Album form a pop up shop in the loading bay at Fact. The shop won't sell you anything. It will only buy (a White Album) from you. A kind of anti-shop.

It's an inspired choice of album, not because it's any good, but because over time the uniform white covers have evolved in line with their owners - coffee stains, doodles, foxing and any other number of flaws and patterns. From being all exactly the same on release, each one has become unique.

 

We Buy White Albums

We Buy White Albums

Wednesday
Jul302014

Robert Smail's Printing Works

Robert Smail's Printing Works

Robert Smail's Printing Works in Innerleithen.  Nothing was ever thrown out.  All the old presses and guardbooks still survive.

Robert Smail's Printing Works

Robert Smail's Printing Works

Robert Smail's Printing Works

Robert Smail's Printing Works

Robert Smail's Printing Works

 

Sunday
Jul272014

Royal de Luxe

Let Sleeping Giants Lie

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.

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Xolo

We Need a Car

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

 

Tuesday
Jul152014

Mono

Mono

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.

 

Mono

Mono

Tuesday
Jul082014

The Dazzle Ship & The People Who Made Her

Carlos Cruz-Diez

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.

The Making of the Dazzle Ship

The Making of the Dazzle Ship

The Making of the Dazzle Ship

The Making of the Dazzle Ship

The Making of the Dazzle Ship