New photos from Tom Wood to be shown at Liverpool's Open Eye Gallery
Artist Tom Wood lived in New Brighton for 25 years, and for most days throughout the 70s and 80s he crossed the river using Mersey Ferries, that operate between Liverpool and the Wirral peninsula. When waiting for his ferry or while crossing the river, he took photographs.
These images, selected from 1000s of rolls of film, form The Pier Head from Tom Wood. The Open Eye Gallery is just two minutes away from the Pier Head terminal itself, as if the moments are returning home from a long commute.
Most of the images are being shown in the UK for the very first time.
The exhibition documents a time when being casually photographed was far less common than now. The 90 plus images on display show commuters, families, friends, the old and the young making their everyday journey across the river.
For generations the Mersey Ferry has been and remains a key transport link across the River Mersey. Although many may still use the ferry to commute, trains and buses have become the primary means of transport across the river, with the Mersey Ferry becoming an increasingly popular tourist attraction.
This collection is a time capsule from an era many of us won't have ever seen.
Wood's new book, Termini, will launch with the exhibition, featuring a range of images from the show, together with specially written text by poet and writer Paul Farley.
The Pier Head is accompanied by the project Ferry Folk, from artist and producer Liz Wewiora. Working with Merseytravel as their artist-in-residence, she has been carrying out a socially charged photography project both on board the Mersey Ferry and around the ferry terminals.
A more current representation of Mersey Ferries running alongside The Pier Head.
Various work from this project will be shown in three places: outside Open Eye Gallery, at Museum of Liverpool and digitally showcased on PhotoStories, Open Eye Gallery’s open online platform for photographers.
Tom Wood'sThe Pier Head runs from 11 January to 25 March at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.
A collaboration between Centre d’art GwinZegal, Guingamp and Open Eye Gallery.
Curated by Thomas Dukes (Open Eye Gallery) and Jerome Sother (Centre d’art GwinZegal).
All images © Tom Wood. All rights reserved.