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Winning On the Waterfront photograph by Bernard Rose now on display

11 May 2016 by Sam Vaux

Winner, Bernard Rose with his winning photograph Ferry Cross The Mersey 1972, holding his original Nikon F camera he used for the photograph in 1972.

Winner, Bernard Rose with his winning photograph Ferry Cross The Mersey 1972, holding his original Nikon F camera he used for the photograph in 1972.

It’s been a busy week at the Museum in the lead up to LightNight this Friday, with a brand new addition now finding pride of place in our On the Waterfront exhibition.

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.

Bernard Rose’s three-year-old sister Christina, the reason he was on the same 1972 Ferry Cross the Mersey that day for her first ever Ferry Cross the Mersey

Bernard Rose’s three-year-old sister Christina, the reason he was on the same 1972 Ferry Cross the Mersey that day for her first ever Ferry Cross the Mersey © Bernard Rose

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.

Bernard's Nikon F camera with Kodak Tri-X film that he used to take his winning photograph © Bernard Rose

Bernard’s Nikon F camera with Kodak Tri-X film that he used to take his winning photograph © Bernard Rose

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.

  1. brian stafford says:

    great shot well deserved

  2. Mike Fahy says:

    Love your blog Bernard.

  3. Ken Rose says:

    Fantastic Bernard.. I always knew you would become famous.

  4. Ken Rose says:

    Congratulations Bernard. .I always knew you would become famous one day… From a proud Dad

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