The Way I See It: Frozen Assets Photo: McCoy Wynne Photography
The Way I See It: Frozen Assets Museum of Liverpool's spiral staircase by McCoy Wynne Photography

The Way I See It: Frozen Assets

It's Liverpool magazine Summer 2016 - Out now. Download here.
It’s Liverpool magazine Summer 2016 – Out now. Download here.

Capturing the growing pains of a restless city. It’s all in a day’s work for McCoy Wynne.

We’re a city that’s always ready for its close up. The camera loves us. Which must make Crosby-based photographer duo McCoy Wynne grin like Cheshire cats every time the phone rings.

“Yes, thank goodness we haven’t lost every valuable piece of architecture in the city,” laughs Steve McCoy. “It’s that contrast between Liverpool’s old building stock with the clean modern structures of our contemporary architecture we’ve always been interested in.”

Its an interest they’ve steadfastly documented over the past quarter century: from capturing the glitzy new (MannIsland) to unflinchingly reporting on the less celebrated corners too (Skelmersdale). We’re a restless city. But some things never change, it seems.

“Although views of the waterfront can be clichéd, changing light and weather conditions always provides for varied photographs,” Stephanie Wynne says.

“We like photography that is revelatory in some way,” she adds. “We love it when it says something new or surprising about a place we thought we knew.”

Gull Flight Trails at night over Martins Bank,Liverpool - McCoy Wynne Photography
Gull Flight Trails at night over Martins Bank,Liverpool – McCoy Wynne Photography

Documentary photographers in the broadest sense of the word, McCoy Wynne lift back the veil – shaking us out of our comfort zone. Allow us to see the city anew. It’s not always pretty. Away from the sleek commercially-motivated shots of apartments, their best work, for us, is their grittier stuff. Self-funded projects that focus on the city’s wastelands and brown-fields site: Limbolands in transition towards, what exactly? Wisely, they leave it up to the us to fill in the blanks.

We like projects that have a permanence about them,” Steve says. “We were commissioned by Liverpool Vision to photograph the construction of Liverpool ONE, the Canal Link and the New Museum. We’ll hopefully publish a book of these photographs in 2018, ten years after Liverpool was Capital of Culture.”

It’s true. We’ve come a long way. And McCoy Wynne have been there, captured that.

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Published: 27/06/2016

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