Mersey Road

How do you capture the essence of a waterway that begins as a trickle high in England’s Peak District and empties into Liverpool Bay? A river encompassing rural beauty, industrial decay, regeneration and economic wealth. That passes major towns and cities and is a visual testament to the region’s history. That twists through undiscovered and forgotten backwaters. And that touches peoples’ lives and provides employment and enjoyment for many.

Over the course of a year, I spent so long in the river’s company that I discovered how a modern river works. It provides work for some, recreation for others and shapes the environment around it. It is the inspiration for artists and a rich historical resource for future generations.

And all the while the Mersey was a good companion to me. In the end, the river, as it has for so many people, became my friend.

Stockport railway viaduct, 2007, from the series Mersey Road. Northenden, 2007, from the series Mersey Road. Thelwall Viaduct, 2007, from the series Mersey Road. Industrial unit, Latchford, 2007, from the series Mersey Road. Fiddlers Ferry power astation, from Wigg Island, 2007, from the series Mersey Road. Speke, 2007, from the series Mersey Road.  Eastham Ferry, 2007, from the series Mersey Road. Greenland Street, 2006, from the series Mersey Road. Oil installation, Birkenhead, 2006, from the series Mersey Road.  West Float, 2007, from the series Mersey Road.  Lime Street, 2006, from the series Mersey Road.  Liver Birds, Scotland Road, 2006, from the series Mersey Road. Another Place, 2006, from the series Mersey Road.  Seaforth, 2007, from the series Mersey Road. Housing, Birkenhead, 2006, from the series Mersey Road.  Formby, 2006, from the series Mersey Road.

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