We are often too busy trying to get from A to B that we rarely take a moment to look up and take in the world around us. We miss the exciting things happening right in front of our eyes.
That is why we have teamed up with one of the UK’s multi-award winning photographers and are calling on the amateur photographers and smartphone snappers of Liverpool to help us in our social experiment, to capture the essence of a single day in a bustling city.
Inspired by the blog, Humans Of New York, this social experiment will provide a definitive snapshot of Liverpool over the course of 24 hours, so we can immortalise the people, the places and the memories in art.
Thank you to all those who took part in the project on 20th October 2018.
We need your votes to help us decide which Liverpool legend should be commemorated into a piece of artwork using all of the wonderful images captured in our campaign. Votes can be casted using the submission form below, all votes should be submitted by Tuesday 27th November.
Once we’ve received all the images from the day, Mark’s job will really begin, as he works with an acclaimed local artist to turn them into a piece of art.
The best images will be collected and transformed into a unique piece of artwork that will go on display in Liverpool city centre later on in 2018. A full gallery of images will also be available on our dedicated Flickr site.
Want to get involved but don’t know where to begin? Mark has given us some top tips for street photography below:
1. Always use manual if your camera has the option: the program modes have improved but you’re the photographer so take control of your camera’s exposure.
2. Try and spend a second looking around the scene just before you press the shutter.
3. Have your better work printed: digital is great but prints are better.
4. Find an image that you like and have a go at making your version.
5. Follow photographers you like for inspiration.
6. New gear isn’t going to make you a better photographer, so use what you have but get out and get the experience.
7. Think about the subject but the background is just as important.
8. Use your camera so much that you can change feature without thinking.
9. Set yourself projects.
10. Be nice to everyone you meet: even if they start off aggressive, a smile and a calm chat can win someone around. Doing street photography, you will get into tricky situations.
Mark will be hosting a workshop on Saturday 20th October from 9:00am at the Britannia Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool City Centre to give you all the tips you need to get out onto the streets of Liverpool, with confidence that you’ll capture the perfect picture.
Edinburgh-born, Manchester-based Mark Waugh started his photography career as a photographic printer, becoming the personal printer to Brian Ollier portrait photographer.
Between assisting commercial photographers, Mark became the darkroom assistant at the South Manchester Reporter, working as a photographer in the evenings and weekends.
Soon, he was a full time staff photographer, for all the papers newspapers and magazines.
Moving on to the Manchester Evening News in the 1990s, Mark soon made a name for himself gaining national press awards and a reputation for creative artist photography.
The downturn in the print media industry meant the MEN had to lose its staff photographers, but the then editor fought to keep Mark as the only staff photographer on the paper, carrying on winning awards and building his reputation.
Today, Mark is a premier photographer, working freelance for newspapers and commercial client. Mark’s love of design has taken him into architectural photography.