Colin McPherson

Photographer and Visual Artist

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A41 reaches Birkenhead

The Mayor of Wirral takes the A41 tour. Photograph © Caroline England, 2013.

The Mayor of Wirral takes the A41 tour. Photograph © Caroline England, 2013.

A little flurry of media activity has coincided with the launch of the latest exhibition of the A41 Project, which is now on show at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum in Birkenhead, Wirral, until 26th January 2014.

Visitors at the exhibition opening. Photograph © Caroline England, 2013.

Visitors at the exhibition opening. Photograph © Caroline England, 2013.

We held an informal launch last week, with colleagues, friends and family making for a very interesting and enjoyable morning. Just as the coffee and cake levels were depleting, in walked the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Dave Mitchell, whom I had the pleasure of piloting around the exhibition and explaining a bit about my photography and the work made by the participatory group of photographers whose work is also on display at the gallery.

The participatory group line up in front of their work. Photograph © Caroline England, 2013.

The participatory group line up in front of their work. Photograph © Caroline England, 2013.

The show has been featured in several local and regional publications this week, including The Big Issue, the Liverpool Echo and Wirral News. In addition, I recorded an interview with Sean Styles for his BBC Radio Merseyside morning show; the conversation was then broadcast on 4th November 2013 – listen to it here:

 

The A41 project’s final scheduled exhibition will take place in September 2014 in London – more details to follow.

From the Liverpool Echo, 28th October 2013.

From the Liverpool Echo, 28th October 2013.

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The A41 Project

For one year from late-2012, I worked on a body of work which sought to illustrate using photography, the themes, ideas and facts to do with inequality in our society.

The result was the ‘A41 Project’, a series of landscape photographs which depict how the issues around inequality in contemporary society can be expressed through metaphoric images. The project used as its template the historic A41 trunk road, which links central London with Birkenhead on the banks of the Mersey and is staged in partnership with The Equality Trust, an organisation which raises awareness and campaigns on inequality in the UK. It is co-funded by The Equality Trust and Arts Council England. Continue reading…

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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. Continue reading…

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