Head in the Clouds

Liverpool and Art - 2011

Museum of Liverpool . The new landmark Museum of Liverpool Life opened 19th of June 2011 and we were there. The modern take on a Museum, concrete, glass, art, digital interaction and the spiral staircase, what more could you ask for? There are views over to the Three Graces and the River Mersey then over to the Wirral. It wouldn't be Liverpool without a giant Liver Bird, the symbol of Liverpool. It was very busy but well worth the trip into town.

What a fascinating experience just stepping through the doors and seeing the 72 million pound building, designed by 3XN. Its 8,000 square metres of exhibition space, contains more than 6,000 objects all beautifully displayed and photography is allowed everywhere.The story of Liverpool and its life all in one place, trains and fashion and the overhead railway all fascinating.

On the first floor, there's a carriage from the Overhead Railway, which ran along the docks. a chance to dress up with a selection of hats, a bowler hat in particular. I took a couple of pictures without thinking to much about it. It was only on opening the file. I realised it looks like the the man in the Bowler Hat and the many surreal images of Réne Magritte. Coincidentally, The Tate, Liverpool had an exhibition of his work on at the same time as the Museum opened, we'd visited the week before. Sometimes things happen for a reason….

This image was simply for fun, not exhibition or salons. Judges would complain about the blacked out areas which are intensional.

  • cut out the window 
  • replace it with a fluffy clouded sky
  • darkened down the seating area to add drama 
  • your eye/brain connection actually makes up the shapes in the dark side of the Image.
  • take the eye to the sky to the window and sky.
  • Repeated the original figure in clouds.

The image was a success for me as Gordon has it has his iPhone and iPad background ever since. Sometimes it’s just about the memory and the connection to create something. 

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