Liverpool Cathedral – Life in Hope Photography Exhibition

mike-mcwade-100 Life in Hope Photography Exhibition
4 October – 30 November 2010

More than 130 images of life in the Hope Street Quarter are to go on display at Liverpool Cathedral. The images were all entrants to the 2010 Cathedral2Cathedral photography competition, which was held over the summer and had the theme ‘Life in Hope’. Photographs by people of all ages and abilities will be on show.

Images on display include those of the two winners Holly Radford and Mike Wade. Holly, who was the youngest entrant to the competition, aged just eleven when she submitted her picture, took a photograph of her best friend exploring a tunnel full of gravestones at St James’ Gardens with the light flooding in behind her. The judges felt that Holly’s picture celebrated youth and represented a kind of journey from life to death by setting a young subject against the graves in the gardens.

Fellow winner Mike McWade’s picture juxtaposed the still structure of the Metropolitan Cathedral against the figure of a young woman walking at speed. Mike said, ‘I saw a lady rushing from Brownlow Hill and she had on a red coat that contrasted with the building. If I had been a couple of seconds later I would have missed the photo completely. I’d love to know where she was rushing to!’

The winners were chosen by a team of photography experts led by Chair of the Panel Mike McCartney.

Other highlights of the exhibition include a photograph by Michael Eccleston of light from two sources in the middle of the Anglican Cathedral. Mike McCartney said that Michael’s picture demonstrated an accomplished use of light and dark and created a ‘religious atmosphere’.

Claire Doyle’s picture of a ‘business as usual’ sign and road-works outside the Metropolitan Cathedral was also described as witty and ‘typically Liverpool.’


Eryl Parry, Director of Enterprise at the Cathedral said, ‘We had a fantastic response to the competition, and we are extremely pleased to have seen a large increase in the number of entries for our junior section. We feel that this, and the variety of ways that people interpreted the theme, is a fantastic sign of the wide appeal and diversity of the Hope Street Quarter and the two Cathedrals. The exhibition is a fantastic collection of people’s different experiences of the area.’

Venue details

Holly Radford