Bit of a pun to start this Sunday, I kind of went for something a little more creative, taking inspo from various places (Universal Works... If you havent checked out their insta, you really should). So in this post I'm talking about some of the coolest spots to shoot in Liverpool! Trying to go for something a little less fashion orientated (However, links for the outfit will be provided... as always).
The next couple of posts will focus on new spots I've found whilst just wandering around Liverpool. As a city it is so diverse and for those who have been following me for a while, you'll know I'm a little obsessed with architecture. Well, to be honest with you, Liverpool's got it all. From those clean white new builds with THE smoothest walls known to man, to the more traditional builds surrounded by heritage and history. This has to be the biggest mismatch of buildings and areas outside of London, and because it's so much smaller it feels like you're almost walking through time. - Oh! that's another point. You can literally walk anywhere, no tube, no bus, you can just walk (provided the weather is nice). Best thing ever.
So, outside of Liverpool One (That's like the town centre, new build, grey walls, spectacular when empty). I try to find little nooks and crannies that are often cleaner, and much less populated. Fellow blogger/influencer Oliver Hooson (@olvh) introduced me to this wall, located just behind Cow & Co Cafe and right next to Muster Custom Coffee (Yes, as it stands, I give directions based on coffee shop locations). Now I've seen this wall a couple of times, its kind of like this beige wash with worn marks all over, very rustic. But also provides SO much depth and subtlety as a back drop. You can see here I really took my time with it. Basic portraits and detail shots look best I've found.
Although I literally just said, BASIC portrait shots etc. There's always opportunity to get a little creative. This wall is actually behind this little ledge, so mostly I shot above trying to cut it out. What I found worked really well were these mid air shots, you know, the ones where you set your camera to a real high / continuous shutter speed, bump up the ISO and Exposure to compensate? You know the drill. Anyway, so I was stood on this wall jumping as high as I could without actually falling off. Results? I was pleasantly surprised.
What I really loved about these was the way the garments kind of flow when they're up in the air. Admittedly it does show less of the actual fit but who wants to be a mannequin anyway? I think it just gives that really nice bit of movement and has actually changed the way I think about shooting clothes now, I mean if you scan through Instagram these days, even my feed. It can become a wash of these static outfit posts, don't get me wrong, sometimes these can be incredible, but often you just kind of glaze over it. And in a world where everyone's trying to make their mark, I'm looking for a more unique approach.
So as I'm sat here writing this post, drinking some faithful Punk IPA from Brewdog, and the girlfriend has Gossip Girl on TV, my thought's are kind of a bit everywhere... So forgive me if I don't seem consistent and go off on mad tangents.
The next spot is a bit of an obvious one. Those steps / seating right next to John Lewis? Liverpool residents will know the one, everyone else, Google maps? Anyway, these steps are total geometric goodness, with a kind of circular shape you can get so many angles on these bad boys. My ONLY problem with them is the material choice, or more, their colour. Because of the red brick / stone, these steps tend to make your photos very warm, and can often disrupt your minimal clean feed, this is why I've avoided using them on mine, the orange / red just won't sit right on a majority white and grey feed. However, if you do have a warmer tone to your feed, this can be an absolute gold mine. What I'd also like to mention is this bag, sent over to me by Ucon Acrobatics. It's a very sturdy backpack and is also incredibly functional. I chose it because of its multiple functions, as a traditional backpack, shoulder or messenger bag. AND it's perfect for carrying extra camera equipment or a laptop. Ideal for any blogger / photographer in the field.
So if you know this next one you've got a serious eye. This is the Q-Park located in Liverpool One. To be honest, I'm actually surprised this one hasn't been used more. The minimal white walls, plenty of light and raw concrete centre piece make this location appear as if it were inside the Tate Modern. But yes, if you're looking for a cool, indoors, architecture heavy spot to shoot in Liverpool, this is THE one (as long as you don't mind the occasional family walking past, it is a carpark after all).
What I generally look for when I'm out and about is plenty of natural light, minimal (ideally white or black) walls, very little garbage and a low flow of the general public (this can be tricky, especially in London).
And finally, last but not least, the obvious one. Has anyone EVER seen that staircase outside the Odeon Cinema in Liverpool One. This thing is a beauty, trust me. I've actually got it in my head to go really, really early in the morning and see if I can get some more content, as it's outside a cinema it tends to get very congested in the afternoon, so achieving those empty minimal shots, without photoshop, can be tough. But anyway, you kind of have to see this thing to believe it, I know several bloggers has used it. So if you're after something a little less well known, I'd advise one of the spots above, however if you're really after that modern touch, geometry and just general city vibe. Hit up Liverpool One, you can't go wrong!
If you think I've missed any spots or just generally want to introduce me to more, feel free to leave a comment, like, and email if you so wish! That's it for this week, let me know if you enjoyed it! I'm trying to get a little more topical with my posts rather than just blabbing on about the outfit! (However, details of said outfit can be found below)
Jacket - Folk Painters Jacket in Navy