No more stories until early in the New Year. Meanwhile, I propose to show you some photographs that I’ve taken while you were reading about Cathy and Steve. I’ll begin in Liverpool, Merseyside with some photographs of the River of Light festival.
Each November, for some years now, Liverpool has hosted the River of Light festival which, until Covid, included a spectacular fireworks display launched from boats on the River Mersey. In November, 2021 however there were just a dozen or so set pieces provided by local artists together with some key city buildings being illuminated. Today and for the next few days, I’ll provide the highlights of the 2021 event.
I started my walk as sunset approached, standing, as my photo above shows, overlooking Canning Dock. I keep being drawn to this scene with some of Liverpool’s heritage buildings framed by much more modern additions to the waterfront. In this case you can see a clock tower of the Liver Buildings and the dome of the Port of Liverpool Building peeping through the gap.
I set my tripod up where I stood and mounted my camera taking test shots until evening fell, preparing for my first proper photo of the lights – not one of the installations, but the lights in offices, the Liver Building Clock, street lights, the lights of passing cars and the reflections in the Dock. For me at least, it’s a super view that transforms the pre-sunset image.
From Canning Dock, I walked towards the buildings of the Royal Albert Dock where the carousel above – again not one of the listed installations – rotated as the owners awaited visitors. The columns of the inner area of the Dock had all been wound with lighting to form what was listed as The Iconic Site. These lights were to remain (spoiler alert) after the festival as part of the city’s Christmas lights. I will be posting images of those seasonal illuminations in a few days.
Night was falling fast now, so I moved along Gower Street towards Wapping, but I couldn’t resist taking this shot across Salthouse Dock as I walked. The Albert Dock buildings are reflected in the dock to the left while Wapping, its buildings and the hoops of the Sonic Wave installation are reflected to the right. Ahead, you may recognise Canning Dock again.
Tomorrow, we leave the Sonic Wave and cross Wapping into Liverpool One, the city’s main shopping area.
I lead today with a photograph featuring the Sonic Wave – a series of illuminated walk through hoops.
EXIF Data were: Pentax K-1 36 MP full-frame dslr camera with a Pentax 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens, Shutter speed 1/50 secs @ f/2.8 and 24 mm. ISO was 6400.