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Liverpool’s Chinatown through the lens: A meeting of cultures

10 March 2010 by davidl

For this week’s highlight from our Liverpool’s Chinatown: Through the lens Flickr competition I’ve chosen this intriguing image by Alan Cookson, which captures Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral in amongst the vibrant colours of the flags of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral seen in the distance, with crowds and colourful Chinese New Year flags in the foreground

Chinese New Year © Alan Cookson

I think this photograph is really interesting both in terms of its themes and its composition. The solid, classical beauty of the Cathedral and the surrounding impressionistic greys and browns in the background contrast strikingly against the vivid, swirling Chinese flags in the foreground, neatly capturing two of the various different cultures which exist side-by-side in Liverpool.

The Cathedral and gold dragon’s head are neatly framed in the centre of the image, drawing the eye over and past the crowds, but they are also an integral part of the photo as a whole: though it is a landscape photo the image is made up of a series of vertical elements - a row of flags, the Cathedral tower (331 feet, 1.5 inches tall!) and an onlooker at the right side, these different elements combining seamlessly to give a natural flow to the picture. See the photo in a large size.


To celebrate our photography exhibition China: Through the Lens of John Thomson 1868-72 at the Merseyside Maritime Museum we want you to submit your photos of Liverpool’s Chinatown to our Flickr pool – our favourite photo submitted by 24 May will win a banquet for two at Yuet Ben, with two runners-up winning exhibition catalogues. Find out more on the competition page.

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