These are my first photographs of Liverpool, I have many to share! Above stands the Royal Liver Building dating from 1911. It was built for the Royal Liver Assurance Company and was one of the first buildings in the world to be made from reinforced concrete! It is one of the so called “Three Graces” the other two being the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building. They stand next to each other on the waterfront. Atop you can see the two “Liver Birds”, more on those in posts to come!
I’ve never worked out why the pronunciation of both the building and it’s birds is with a “hard” i, as in five, while the city is with a “soft” i, as in river?
Above and below is the “Memorial to Heroes of the Marine Engine Room”. Originally its was to honour the 32 engineers who died on the Titanic. Titanic was registered in Liverpool as it was the home of the White Star Cruise Line. It’s dedication was later widened to include other engineers who died during World War 1.
Although the weather wasn’t as good as it could have been, in fact I got very wet later in the day – I still enjoyed wandering Liverpool very much. While this post concentrates on the waterfront, there is lots more to see! All these photo’s were made on Ilford Delta 400, with my Nikon F3 and the 35mm f2. Processed in Ilford DDX 1+4 at 20°. This combination of camera and lens seems to fit my photography perfectly at the moment. Below is the Museum of Liverpool, which is ultra modern, as are some of the other buildings, personally I loved the blend!
The Liver Building in the background shows I haven’t covered much distance in this post, a few paces up-stream are the old docks, I’ll save that for another post!