Here is some text about Liverpool, Look2011 and the original exhibition:
While areas of Merseyside remain as rundown and neglected as their popular stereotypification, the city centre has undergone a remarkable transformation.
If you visited Liverpool a decade ago you probably would not recognise much of the city today. Part of its rejuvenation has come through the installation of a long-running cultural programme.
The highlight of this initiative was the European City of Culture year in 2008 – but that was just one strand of arts events that have taken place in the city.
And Look2011 is part of this aim to keep Liverpool at the forefront of the art and culture in Britain. Certainly in the northwest, think arts, think Liverpool. To that end the aim has succeeded. Liverpool is streets ahead of traditional rivals Manchester.
As a member of Lightbox, a Redeye group of photographers formed in 2010, this work forms part of a group exhibition exploring the festival’s themes of A Call To Action and Is Seeing Believing? (so good they catchlined it twice).
Meeting monthly in a (fairly) luxurious pub, the group is headed by world-renowned publisher Dewi Lewis and involves photographers whose past work include stolen shots of people sunbathing and images of dumped abandoned vehicles. It’s a diverse mix, believe me. You only have to see the portrait of a bloke with his face covered in raw steaks to realise this.
This project I have documented Scouse women* in social situations – namely enjoying a big Saturday night out. The thread through these images is the role of alcohol in people’s lives.