Ferry Cross The Mersey 1972 by local photographer Bernard Rose is the winning photograph in our recent On the Waterfront photography competition, hotly deliberated by our judges from almost 500 entries.
Bernard, accompanied by his wife Enid met deputy director of Merseyside Maritime Museum, Ian Murphy to see his winning entry, which is now on display as part of the exhibition until it closes on 19 June 2016.
Bernard reveals the fascinating story behind his winning photograph Ferry Cross The Mersey 1972:
“I took the photograph in 1972 when I was 17, it was the day I was taking my 3 year old sister Christina for her “rite of passage” first ever trip on a ferry. I was working then as a black and white darkroom printer for the Liverpool commercial photographers, Elsam, Mann and Cooper, based in Princes Road. Naturally then I was keen on my photography so always had a camera with me.
During our trip which was on the original Royal Daffodil I took a series of shots. The children had been running around the deck and I just happened to capture the moment when they were running past us. The juxtaposition was quite fortunate as the Pier Head lined up in the background along with the Manx Ferry and the Royal Iris. I have no idea who the three children were and to this day I wonder if at some point they will recognise themselves from that day, I would imagine that they would be in their 50s now.
The camera I used was a Nikon F with Kodak Tri-X film and I still have that camera. In recent years I have been reviewing my 1970s archive images and scanning them and have realized there are some quite historic and social images including the Albert Dock before it was restored, views of the Anglican Cathedral with the last terrace houses in front and other photographs around the city. I went on to become a qualified photographer and still run a business as a commercial location photographer. Here are some of my Liverpool archive examples www.bernardrosephotography.co.uk or you can follow me on Twitter @BRPimages.”
You can see Bernard Rose’s winning photograph on display now until 19 June 2016.
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