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

10 March 2010 by David

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.

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Liverpool’s Chinatown Through the lens: Dancing dragon

3 March 2010 by David

Our photo competition pool ‘Liverpool’s Chinatown: Through the lens‘ has had over 100 photos submitted so far and I’m really excited by the variety and imagination shown in people’s photos of the Chinatown area and Chinese culture.

In this first weekly blog highlight from the competition entries I’ve chosen this view of Nelson Street by Ian Hughes (ihughes22). It’s a bustling and eye-catching image, the colours of the flags and the dragon looming powerfully over the massed crowds adding to the sense of drama and excitement of the occasion – especially since the dragon almost looks like he’s staring straight out at us! Read more…

Liverpool’s Chinatown through the lens competition

12 February 2010 by Sam

archive photo of a woman in traditional Chinese costume

A Manchu bride, Beijing 1871-2. © The Wellcome Library, London

The pioneering photojournalist John Thomson travelled for years through China with a lot of heavy, cumbersome equipment to take the incredible photos that are now featured in the China through the lens of John Thomson 1868-1872 exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum.

We don’t expect you to go to such lengths for our latest competition. Instead we’d like you to take your nice light modern cameras or camera phones on a journey to explore Liverpool’s Chinatown and Chinese culture. Read more…

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