Spending the week in Baltic…
This week I have been exploring the Baltic Triangle district in Liverpool. Monday 19th August was World Photography Day, so I decided to dedicate an afternoon to trying to capture some of Baltic’s street art.
The Baltic Triangle itself is located in the development area of Liverpool’s city centre, which over the years has become home to the city’s creative industry. This urban environment is a space where artists of all kinds can collaborate and exhibit their work. The creative industry is valued here, it’s constantly changing and evolving with new street art, mezzanine studios being built and small grass root businesses being supported. I have chosen to photograph street art to try and reflect the area’s creative individuality and freedom, from giant murals to small experimental pieces.
This toblerone shaped building was painted by artist Jason Hollis, the lively exterior reflects the vibrant thinking of the interior. The building houses a number of small businesses from freelance painters to a tattoo studio, it’s a key catalyst for some of Liverpool’s most artistic talent.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ album, local street artist Paul Curtis was commissioned to recreate the iconic album cover in the band’s hometown. The cover artwork of The Beatles crossing Abbey Road outside of the London based studios where they created most of their music. People can now recreate the cover by posing in front of the artwork; making this an interactive piece connecting the present to the legacy of the area’s past.
All You Need is Love
Another reference to the Beatles, with the lyrics ‘All You Need is Love’ taken from the iconic song Love Is All You Need. This mural’s size and contrasting colours against the charcoal grey background makes it a striking piece. The strong shading gives a fluid or almost metallic look, slightly messing with your head! Standing further away creates an illusive 3D effect whilst standing closer reveals the 2D abstract shapes and textured paint.
This quirky illustration of a 1950s style woman was stuck on an alleyway wall off Jamaica Street, its bold minimalist colours cheer up an otherwise dark corner. It was drawn on the remnants of a cocktail menu, reviving rubbish into art. The illustration style has a pop art/graphic flair achieved with marker pen.
This bright and feminine mural was on a wall just off Brick Street. The painting of the girl has a delicate approach contrasting to the graffiti and brick wall around it, which brings a sense of hope and optimism to the street. The layers of paint built up on her face create texture and detail.