Opening day at the new Egyptian galleries, World Museum

On 28 April 2017, the World Museum in Liverpool opened its newly refurbished Egyptian galleries, after nearly two years of work. Being an Egyptophile, I was, of course, at the museum for when the doors opened at 10.00.

Although I wanted to get some photos of the gallery itself to share on my Egyptology blog, I wanted to do a bit of documentary work too. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve had the chance to indulge in a bit of street-style photography.… Read More






Street photography on a rainy day at Liverpool One

I do love spending a bit of time wandering, documenting life around me. There are so many ways in which people and places can be interesting, and different ways in which I, as a photographer, can capture life.

I like going out in different weather conditions and times of year to see how places change. I also use different lenses, such as my wide-angle lens – where you have to get close to your subject – and my trusty 35 mm (53 mm equivalent). This makes me think more carefully about how I go about using the camera, as well as making me use my legs, too.

One lens I hadn’t taken out around the street, however, is my 50 mm (75 mm equivalent) macro lens. I was interested to see how it fared being put to use out and about, rather than on a tripod, up close-and-personal with small things.






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Photographing children at the Garstang Museum

Comedian W.C. Fields once, famously, said “never work with animals or children” due to their unpredictability. After having spent an afternoon photographing children in the Garstang Museum, I would have to disagree.

Museum curator Dr Gina Criscenzo Laycock asked me to help her get some photos of children in the museum that she can use for promotional purposes. So, I gathered together a gaggle and brought them up to the museum for a session.






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A New Year’s Day walk on West Kirby beach

New Year’s Day can be a bit of a non-day for many. For those who aren’t sleeping off a long night or nursing a severe hangover, going out for a walk somewhere can be a great way to blow away the cobwebs and pass some time.

As we were staying at a friend’s house over on the Wirral this New Year, we decided to go for a walk at Red Rocks on West Kirby beach.

Like much of the coast around the region, the beach is flat, sandy and has a large tidal range. West Kirby Beach looks out at the north coast of Wales and Hilbre Island. This stretch of beach has some amazing rocks which are great fun for the children to clamber around on.






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The Christmas lights and delights of Liverpool

Town centres can be hell in the run up to Christmas for even the most hardened of adventurers. Bad weather, more shoppers than you can shake a stick at and every one on every corner trying to wrench your wallet open.

If you’re not actually shopping, however, it can be really fun to have a wander and see the sights.

This year, Liverpool city centre has gone all-out with German-style markets (fashionable at the moment, I believe), large Christmas trees, a fairground and other such delights. I took my two girls into town late on Saturday afternoon for some Christmassy fun.






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‘The Little Mermaid’: a retelling for the Being Human Festival

My girls and I love a good trip out to a museum, and our most recent trip to the Walker Art Gallery didn’t disappoint.

As part of the Being Human festival – a festival dedicated to spreading the humanities love – the Walker had a mermaid-themed day.

Having two young girls who are fans of Disney’s (slightly sanitised version of) The Little Mermaid, I thought they’d enjoy the Liverpool Players’ retelling of the classic fairytale.

The performance didn’t disappoint.






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River of Light, Liverpool 2016

The River of Light was Liverpool’s contribution to the UK’s annual Guy Fawkes Night for 2016. A joint venture between the Liverpool and Wirral councils, it saw celebrations on both sides of the Mersey, culminating in a floating firework display in the middle of the river.

Determined not to come home with any more unplanned pets this year (following last year, when we went to a local display and ended up with two goldfish), I decided to take my two girls into town to see the River of Light.

It’s been a few years since the city’s main firework display was on in the centre of town – it’s been out at Sefton Park for a while, which is a great venue, but not so easy to get to as the city centre for many parts of Liverpool – so I was excited to see what the evening had to offer.






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‘Animal Mummies Revealed’: behind the scenes

One of my favourite cultural haunts in Liverpool is the World Museum. I often take my girls there to while away a few hours on a Saturday amongst the dinosaurs, bugs and ancient cultures.

We always love the temporary exhibitions which come to the museum, so I was very lucky to have been allowed in to the Animal Mummies Revealed exhibition (October 2016 until February 2017) for a couple of hours while it was being set up to get some behind-the-scenes shots.

It was just fascinating to see what was going on.






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Fujifilm XF16mm f1.4 lens up close and personal

At the beginning of October 2016, I bought myself the Fujifilm XF16mm f/1.4 lens (24mm equivalent on full-frame sensors). My reasoning was that I needed something wider than my 35mm for those situations when you don’t have room to step back to capture a scene, such as shooting in small spaces or busy environments. It’s also quite useful to not have to walk halfway down the street to get the whole of a building in shot.

And, I can’t deny that since then it’s really helped me out in those situations.






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Charlcombe Church: Bath’s oldest church

Charlcombe Church (or, the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Charlcombe, to give it its official name) is Bath’s oldest church and the place of many great childhood memories for me.

Although it underwent extensive work in the 19th century (including the addition of the vestry on the north side and the stained-glass windows), the church was first built during Norman times. It’s a tiny church, but has enormous character. Here’s a few fun facts about it.






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‘Meroë: Africa’s Forgotten Empire’ at the Garstang Museum

The Garstang Museum of Archaeology is the departmental museum for the school of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool.

The museum has just launched its first exhibition, Meroë: Africa’s Forgotten Empire, since its major refurbishment in 2014 (which included a move into the old archaeology library). The exhibition is on from May to September 2016.

The exhibition is primarily a photographic one with enlarged prints of photographs mounted on metal stands around the perimeter of the room. The photographs were taken during John Garstang’s archaeological excavations at the ancient city of Meroë (in modern Sudan) in the years 1910–1914.






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‘Animal mummies’ exhibition at the Manchester Museum

On 15 April 2016, we had a family trip to the Manchester Museum to see the Animal Mummies: Gifts for the Gods exhibition.

The theme of the exhibition was the mummification of animals in Ancient Egypt – why they were mummified and the religious cults with which they were associated. The exhibition also covered the more modern archaeological history of animal mummies and the recent scientific research that’s been done on them.






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Liverpool Pier Head

The Pier Head in Liverpool is a popular tourist destination, and it’s where you’ll find the Three Graces (the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building).

In more recent years, it’s also become home to the Museum of Liverpool. Opened in 2011, it’s now one of Liverpool’s most popular museums, documenting the city from it prehistoric roots right through to the present day. It’s a really great museum with lots to see and loads of interactive bits and pieces for the younger visitor to enjoy.

But what I’m posting about here is not so much what’s inside the museum, but what you can see from it. At both sides of the building on the top floor are sets of huge windows looking out over the Pier Head and the Albert Dock. The views are fantastic.






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