Bombed Out: Liverpool Then and Now Photographs.
Above Photo: Waterloo Seafront in Liverpool, in the early 1900s and today (Keith Jones)
One of the contemporary Liverpool photographers whose work I’m looking forward to illustrating future Bombed Out! articles with is Keith Jones, who has kindly permitted me to use his photos.
(Click to enlarge all of the photos below)
Keith specializes in “Then and Now” Liverpool photography, as can be seen in the photos accompanying this article, all of which show places relevant to events in my book, and which are referred to in it, sometimes frequently.
One of the reasons I like Keith’s images is because they provide a strong visual reminder that the streets we walk on today and the buildings we use today were walked on and used by people from other generations, and while this observation might sound like a trite load of bollocks, it is still nonetheless true and I think the concept comes through powerfully in Keith’s images.
That same reflection is especially relevant for the narrative in Bombed Out!, which is set mostly on the streets of Liverpool city centre, Liverpool’s Dock Road, and the suburbs of Waterloo, Crosby and Aigburth, and, later, in another UK city, as I struggled through the economic disaster that blighted Liverpool in the late 1970s and early 1980s under the Conservative government led by Margaret Thatcher.
Back then, I was always conscious of the ‘Older’ Liverpool represented in the buildings and the docks, especially when I was in the bands and hanging around Mathew Street and other places in the city centre.
That’s why I like Keith Jones’s images, as they take people back into older periods of Liverpool’s past and allow viewers to compare the old streetscapes to those existing in the present day.
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