31 August 2011

Hi, I’m Becka and I am a member of FACT’s young people’s programme, Freehand which gives young people the opportunity to express themselves creatively at every meeting and to meet amazing new people along the way. We get the chance to do things that expand our knowledge of all types of film, art and technology that perhaps other youth groups cannot. Freehand is a friendly, fun and learning community for all. 

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I’m at FACT on work experience at the moment and today I’ve had the chance to go and experience and review a photography exhibition on FACT’s first floor, called Hardman’s Liverpool: Then and Now.

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At first glance the exhibition looks simple, as it is just a collection of photographs on a plain white wall amongst FACT’s modern and technological environment. However, they are so much more than just photographs, they are a tribute to Edward Chambre - Hardman's life and career.

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The exhibition employs the interesting concept of Then and Now. Then being Hardman’s photos and Now being those taken by the Open The Door Theatre In Education and others. 

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I spent quite a lot of time looking at each pair of photos and I found it astonishing to see how dramatically Liverpool has changed in the 60 year or so time frame. There are pictures of various places in Liverpool city centre such as by the waterfront, St Georges Hall and from the ferry. The general structure of the photos are similar but it is interesting to see how certain parts of Liverpool have been transformed into a modernised, concrete jungle and how touristic the city has become in the process. 

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As I was admiring the photographs an onlooker said ‘this was when Liverpool had character’ when referring to a ‘then’ photograph. I thought this was very insightful and interesting.

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Without giving too much away, I will let you go and take a look for yourself. The location for this exhibition is between the galleries and cinema screens on the first floor so it’s a quick but interesting thing to experience perhaps whilst waiting for a new blockbuster or exhibition to begin.

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Very simple but engaging.

Becka 
(Freehand Member) 

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Hardman’s Liverpool: Then and Now is on display until the 20 September.