I read a great book yesterday, called ‘Streets of Liverpool’ by Liverpool photographer and publisher Colin Wilkinson. It’s not one of those ‘nostalgia’ books of old photos that seem to get churned out by machines these days. Rather, it’s a careful selection of significant images, all accompanied by informative and opinionated text. And actually, it turns out the book is a printed up first year of a blog really. So I thought I’d recommend it to you.
Old photographs and old maps have always been part of the basic work kit for a sense of place. We’ve used them in films, obviously, but we’ve also used them on loads of gigs. A key part of understanding a place and helping people to think about its possible futures has always been to look at its past, to see how people have changed the place over the years, go and look at what remains from the past and see how it can be part of the future.
Everywhere is special. Wherever you come from, or live or work, is special. And my special place is Liverpool. I have myself taken thousands of photographs of it over the years. So rather than nick any from Colin’s blog, here are a few of my own.
And finally, a charming picture of an urchin from a bygone age. It’s 1957 or early 1958 and my family have just moved from inner Liverpool to our new house in Maghull, to the north of the city. And here I am on my tricycle. Picture must have been taken by ‘Uncle’ Bob, i.e. not a real uncle. He was the only neighbour with a camera. I am three or four years old.
So, do go and look at Streets of Liverpool. It’s a treasure trove and a top quality piece of public service. Thank you Colin.