Blackpool – Metropole
I had a bit of a ‘moment’ when I was up there in that tower looking over the very place that I live and seeing it in all its glory on a crisp clear day. That moment was quiet literally ‘this is where I bloody live and I love it!’
This town is like Marmite. You really do either love it or hate it.
I think one of the things that I have found is that largely when I did not live here I really did not love it that much. It was the place that my mum and dad moved to when I was a teenager in the 80’s and the sheer force of that wind from the Irish sea played havoc with my three tins of hairspray perm perfection huge hair. That bothered me.
I moved here when I was 15ish and the wind blew me right back Manchester again aged almost 17 and there I stayed for many years. I really did not get the place at all.
Then I came back. I have two small children and was suddenly finding every opportunity to be here, as a grown up I just saw it with it different eyes, I also saw it through my children’s eyes and they loved it. Since then I have seen more and more and have asked myself on more than one occasions “why did I leave here?”
I came back at the end of September 2011. I live about half an hour (on the tram) from Blackpool which I prefer. If you follow the main road on that photograph I live a few miles that way, a two minute walk from the tram stop. It is quieter where I am and I like that I can dip in and out of the city center when I feel like it. This place sometimes gets a bit of a bad press but there is such a mix of things here and when you take the time to get to know it, it gets under your skin. Parts of it are gritty, but there is also fun, art, architecture and diversity.
I have decided that a new challenge for me is to photograph different aspects of where I live and try to show it in a more positive light.
The building I have made the focal point in this photograph is the Metropole Hotel. It is one of two oldest hotels in the area which has been here since 1785. It is the only hotel that sits directly on the shoreline. I am going to try to get inside a few of these places to see if they retain any of their original features, I will keep you posted.
So here endeth my first photo post about Blackpool.