I moved to Liverpool in late August with some excitement. As lovely as Chester is, it is perhaps a little too ‘nice’. It was rated one of the top five places to live in the UK (and for good reason), but when my girlfriend and I decided to make a home together, we ended up buying in Liverpool. It turned out to be the best fit overall for jobs, house prices and education, although we had initially assumed Chester to be the obvious choice, because the kids didn’t need to change schools.
I’d only visited Liverpool a few times, but knew the move would represent a paradigm shift. Chester is small. There are very few bad neighbourhoods. There are virtually no arts establishments, galleries or ‘grand structures’. There’s no real industry. In short, it’s a great place place to live, but wasn’t a rich environment for a photographer. Commercially speaking, it may be close to the big hubs; however, that isn’t the same as being one of the big hubs. Liverpool has the grime, splendour, scale, diversity and buzz of a major city. In short, it’s an exciting place to live no matter what you’re into. [Continue reading]