03.04.15 — Travel

A Camera in Liverpool

So after years of being possibly the only graphic designer in the world ever who operates without owning an actual camera, I took the plunge the other day and ordered myself a DSLR, which promptly arrived on my doorstep with a user manual as thick as a bible. Defiant in my ability to work it out as I go, I joined my parents and sister on a trip to Liverpool the very next day…

We visited many of the same places as the last time I visited the city, which you can read about here, but I was sure to explore Bold Street (an independent district) much more thoroughly this time!

For those interested, I got myself a Canon 700D, and all the photos in this post were taken with it.

Colourful stone in Liverpool
A broken streetlamp

We ventured around Wellington Column and St. George’s Hall before heading down to St. John’s Garden, and then we headed into the city centre for a spot of shopping. I found a little art shop and had a field day in their bountiful pen section, spending £20+ on some new white finalisers and calligraphy pens for some hand type experimentation. I also picked up a few lovely prints, including a card that I have posted off to somebody…

A selection of prints
Some rubbish on Bold Street
The misty skyline of Liverpool

Me and my dad then headed for a spot of lunch in the lovely little Falafel & Cocktail shop, Malay. Ordering four small dishes between the two of us, we enjoyed a section of vegetarian and meat dishes, which were delicious!

Falafel in Maray

We then left Bold Street, headed for The Bluecoat for a nosey round their photography exhibitions and a coffee break. It was a welcome break from the rain that had begun to dampen my exploratory spirit, and – rather worryingly – my camera, and provided an opportunity to import my photos via SD Card on to my iPad. This gave me the chance to edit some of my favourites so far, just using iOS’s inbuilt photos app, which I used to quickly edit down all the photos in this post.

A shop in The Bluecoat's courtyard
A bowl of citrus outside The Bluecoat

We then, of course, headed further down to the docks, where I got a bit shutter happy, but also found a lovely book entitled “Read This Book If You Want To Take Great Photographs” which I promptly purchased.

My windswept face down by the dock
The Liverpool Docks
Buildings down on the docks

Upon my return to good ol’Burnley, I emptied my bag and set about editing the camera photos (the fruits of which you have just been scrolling through) and also my very first attempt at some hand typography, which I shall post soon as a separate post!

Now I’m gearing up for my week working with Sky Sports, whilst organising my laptop and pulling together some more blog posts for you all. I haven’t forgot about my Paul Rand post, I shall be hopefully posting that later today! Until then…