Following on from my previous post with some of the film photographs I took during the Chinese new year celebrations in Liverpool, here are some of my digital photos from the same day.
Today, I visited a charming little flea market in Liverpool’s very own bohemian district, Lark Lane. It’s not often I visit markets such as these, but that might change after today. Not only did I come away with a couple of bargain books for my 2-year old and came across some interesting characters, but it was quite a nice place to shoot some candids too.
Had the X-Pro 1 with me, but wish I’d had the X100S with its leaf shutter. Oh, and a waist-level viewfinder would have been nice. I might just take my Bronica next time…
There are many ways in which people may be described as fighters and in the world of boxing there are no shortage of them. Wayne Smith is one of a smaller proportion of those people who could be labelled a fighter for very different reasons. A boxer since his teenage years, Wayne suffered a devastating injury early in his career; an injury which would have debilitated most people. Being a fighter, Wayne, now in his forties, has overcome numerous issues relating to his injuries and returned to boxing to share his experience as a coach at Golden Gloves gym in Dingle.
For me, taking the time to watch the sunrise is a spirit-lifting experience in itself. Every day is new, untold and full of possibilities. To be out there facing that iconic view, seeing the day being born out of the darkness and lighting up the city where I’ve spent my entire life is quite an evocative thing to witness.
That said, it’s not always such a calming experience because as the sun rises and its rays dance over the clouds, occasionally, and perhaps only for a few fleeting seconds, the sunlight skims the atmosphere at just the right angles and your eyes are treated to a fantastic explosion of colour. It’s at those times when my sleepy mind is suddenly very alert and I’m most likely darting between two cameras I’ve got set up on tripods making sure their shutters are firing and the exposures are looking good. And when I see those rear LCD previews glowing with same radiance, well, that’s when I don’t mind losing a bit of sleep so much.