The Leaving of Liverpool

The Leaving of Liverpool

I really don’t know how to write about yesterday other than to say it was the greatest thing I’ve ever seen in Liverpool and the whole Sea Odyssey experience has been a three day journey that built up and up and up until it reached a genius conclusion, on the biggest scale possible, during a three hour Sunday morning performance.  Yesterday morning started early with thousands flooding into the Kings Dock to see Royal De Luxe wake up the giants and walk  Xolo the dog before they all headed off towards the Pier Head to say goodbye to the city before getting on a boat and sailing out of the Albert Dock, into the Mersey and off towards the Irish Sea as the band played on another boat and another poured out piles and piles of smoke. It was ridiculously powerful and I was lucky enough to shoot the final voyage from a rib out on the river which weaved it’s way in and out of clouds of smoke all the way to the north docks before we realised that it was all over, that most of the boats had turned back, and we could hear one of the boats playing a Beach Boys cd as we sat mid river and as everything went quiet we watched as the giants sailed past the wind turbines with the words of Good Vibrations filling the air ‘I, I love the colourful clothes she wears and the way the sunlight plays upon her hair’. It couldn’t have been a more surreal and incredible end to an already incredible weekend and I don’t think I’ll ever hear that song in the same way again.  So here’s the last of my posts, though keep an eye on the Giant Spectacular site for more of the photographs, and all that’s left to say is the biggest thank you to Jean-Luc Courcoult and everybody at Royal De Luxe and please do come again!

The final day of Royal De Luxe's Sea Odyssey in Liverpool, April, 2012. The final day of Royal De Luxe's Sea Odyssey in Liverpool, April, 2012. The final day of Royal De Luxe's Sea Odyssey in Liverpool, April, 2012. The final day of Royal De Luxe's Sea Odyssey in Liverpool, April, 2012. The final day of Royal De Luxe's Sea Odyssey in Liverpool, April, 2012. The final day of Royal De Luxe's Sea Odyssey in Liverpool, April, 2012. The final day of Royal De Luxe's Sea Odyssey in Liverpool, April, 2012. The final day of Royal De Luxe's Sea Odyssey in Liverpool, April, 2012. The final day of Royal De Luxe's Sea Odyssey in Liverpool, April, 2012. The final day of Royal De Luxe's Sea Odyssey in Liverpool, April, 2012. The final day of Royal De Luxe's Sea Odyssey in Liverpool, April, 2012. The final day of Royal De Luxe's Sea Odyssey in Liverpool, April, 2012. The final day of Royal De Luxe's Sea Odyssey in Liverpool, April, 2012. The final day of Royal De Luxe's Sea Odyssey in Liverpool, April, 2012. The final day of Royal De Luxe's Sea Odyssey in Liverpool, April, 2012. The final day of Royal De Luxe's Sea Odyssey in Liverpool, April, 2012. The final day of Royal De Luxe's Sea Odyssey in Liverpool, April, 2012. The final day of Royal De Luxe's Sea Odyssey in Liverpool, April, 2012.