On my recent trip to Liverpool I deliberately avoided anything to do with football or The Beatles – both pull in the tourists, but neither were of interest me on my adventures around the the city.
Maybe Liverpool should spend more time shouting about its amazing views and stunning architecture and move on from bragging about a band which broke up back in 1970…
What makes for great photos in Liverpool is the mixture of old and new architecture. Liverpudlians seem uncomfortable with the modernity of some of the buildings… C’mon Liverpool, it’s time to embrace them! Both the old and new can exist side-by-side in the beauty of their contrast.
I was lucky with the weather, and the blue skies were a real treat for March.
This is the third of three posts about my recent trip to Liverpool – here you can see the previous posts about Shiverpool and the Cathedrals.
One of the things I didn’t realise about Liverpool before going there was that it has not one, but two cathedrals.
There’s the modern Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King at one end of the aptly named Hope Street, known locally as Paddy’s Wigwam or the Mersey Funnel. This cathedral is also rare in that it has a car park built underneath it, very convenient for worshippers. You’ll find a couple of photos of this cathedral below in which you’ll see its unique style.
At the other end of Hope Street, there’s the more traditional Liverpool Cathedral which is the fifth largest cathedral in the world. It was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, famous for designing the iconic red telephone box (you’ll even find one inside the cathedral!).
One of the highlights of my weekend was a trip to the top of the tower at the Liverpool Cathedral. Public access to such vantage points are rare, so for a small fee I took the two separate lifts and climbed the 108 stairs to the top. It’s not for the less-abled or anyone scared of heights! But the views are spectacular, as you’ll see below. I’d love to return to do one of the Twilight Tower events – sunsets from the tower must be incredible.
Both of the cathedrals are so unique that they really add to the character of the Liverpool skyline.
This is the second of three posts about a recent trip to Liverpool – you can see the previous post about Shiverpool here.
The path outside Liverpool Cathedral is adorned with headstones.
Looking up from the entrance to Liverpool Cathedral gives you an idea of its size.
The bells of Liverpool Cathedral.
The bell tower at Liverpool Cathedral has a narrow staircase running up the wall... this is not for the fainthearted.
If you do make the climb to the top of the bell tower at Liverpool Cathedral the views across the city are stunning.
From Liverpool Cathedral you can see the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
The Liverpool skyline and river Mersey.
Beyond the city is the docks.
Two very difference but equally imposing cathedrals, taken from the Mersey ferry.
The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, a very different architectural style.
This is the first of three posts from a recent weekend trip to Liverpool. The visit was originally planned around a ghost hunt at the abandoned Newsham Park Hospital, but that was cancelled at the last minute leaving a free weekend with accommodation booked. So lots of tourist adventures were done, including an evening with Shiverpool…
Shiverpool run theatrical ghost tours around the city, a very entertaining way of learning the dark past of Liverpool and its people. No actual science or ghost hunting, just good clean and occasionally spooky story telling and fun.
The tour was focused on the Hope Street area and featured Lucy Carew, aka Chiller Black, and Samantha Hill as Chiller’s sister. One or more members of the Shiverpool crew lurked in the shadows from time to time too.
I’m delighted to say that Shiverpool liked the photos from the evening so much they’ve had a copy of them all, and even used them as part of their submission for the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards!
I don’t want to give away too much about the tour, or spoil the surprises for anyone, other than to say it was really excellent and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Liverpool. And if you’re in Oxford, then look out for Bill Spectre who does a similarly excellent ghost tour around the town.
Samantha Hill, as Chiller Black's little sister, creeps around the crowd to spook people before we start.
Chiller Black on the steps of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
Some of Liverpool's dark alleys made for interesting photography and backdrops.
Chiller Black loves to be the centre of attention.
Chiller Black controls the crowd.
The pyramid tomb of William MacKenzie, entombed sat upright at a card table with winning hand of cards.
The fabulous Chiller Black in her tour outfit.
Oh no, I've been spotted.
If you listen very carefully...
A bit of audience participation to end a fun evening.
I rarely get to combine my day job with my passion for photography, but this month I had the opportunity to do just that. Each year Jisc run a Digital Festival, or Digifest for short, to engage with their customers and discuss the positive impact of technology on further and higher education and discover new tools and approaches.
My role for the event was to help out on the Fab Lab, an area dedicated to new technologies that may apply to education. The star of the Fab Lab was NAO the robot from Rapid Education, who could be programmed to undertake a variety of functions, and for education could be used to interact with autistic children. Also highly popular were virtual reality goggles and glasses from Samsung, Google, and Epson.
Augmented reality systems from Campus Interactive showed how it was possible to combine tablet software and a life-like dummy to undertake interactive medical training. The Open University demonstrated how their distance learning technologies could be used.
I ventured beyond the Fab Lab to get some photos around the event, as well as some some time lapse videos that you can find on the Just 10 Photo YouTube Channel.
Looking like something from a horror movie, the augmented reality dummy gets packed away in his travel case.
Some of my colleagues try out the photo booth.
Virtual reality popular in edtech - from Google Cardboard to Samsung Gear VR.
The massive welcome signage, displaying leaderboard activity for social media interactions.
The calm before the storm a the ICC in Birmingham.
A panel session on digital leadership.
Augmented reality has great applications for medical learning.
A clever little robot designed for education and great for interacting with autistic children.
How to mount your camera on a rail with a GorillaPod (and have a safety line just in case...).
The Animal Experience is a family run business which specialises in education and entertainment using animals. The team run their centre but also undertake school visits, events, and the like.
Kayleigh and Lee made me feel welcome as I got into the meerkat enclosure to play with the meerkats, feed them their favourite treat of mealworms, and of course get some photos! The experience only lasted thirty minutes but it was plenty of time to meet the entire meerkat family and get clambered on by pretty much all of them.
As well as the meerkats, The Animal Experience have a wide range of other animals. Kayleigh was more than happy to get some of the animals out for photographs. I’d love to return one day to get more photos close up.
The meerkats are kept in a corner enclosure with heaters and a desert background.
Getting close up with a snake.
I don't like being photographed when I eat.
This stick insect has really long antennae.
An albino snake is well camouflaged.
My favourite photo of the day, the shallow depth of field gives an almost 3D look to this photo.