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Wonderful Amy


Unnoticed by passers-by high on the side of Georges Dock Building at the Pier Head in Liverpool is a wonderful art deco statue of Amy Johnson, a tribute to her heroic solo flight from London to Australia in 1930. The statue was sculpted by Edmund C. Thompson and has Amy in characteristic flying helmet, flying goggles and scarf. This is just one of the many great art-deco details that were designed by the archtitect Herbert J. Rowse on all the Mersey Tunnel buildings.

Wonderful Amy


Unnoticed by passers-by high on the side of Georges Dock Building at the Pier Head in Liverpool is a wonderful art deco statue of Amy Johnson, a tribute to her heroic solo flight from London to Australia in 1930. The statue was sculpted by Edmund C. Thompson and has Amy in characteristic flying helmet, flying goggles and scarf. This is just one of the many great art-deco details that were designed by the archtitect Herbert J. Rowse on all the Mersey Tunnel buildings.

comments (12)

  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle on Ella puke watch.
  • 15 Jan 2008, 02:23
Yes, you're right. This is wonderful! I spotted the goggles straight away!
Les Auld: Thanks Ian, pity the dirt makes her look cross eyed though.
  • Obioma
  • United States
  • 15 Jan 2008, 02:25
Very nice image and the post work works for this photo. Good job. Looks like a movie poster.
Les Auld: I never thought of that Obioma but you are right, thanks for the comment.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 15 Jan 2008, 04:44
A fitting tribute, Les, to a heroic woman. My daughter's name is Amy. smile And I like the filter.
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, glad you like it.
  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 15 Jan 2008, 08:00
What a funny way to represent somebody, and nice way to capture it ... I love this B&W photo ...
Les Auld: Thanks Ann, typical of the 1930s though Art Deco to the fore, glad you like it.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Jan 2008, 10:28
Your use of those layers is better than mine, but I think I should convert to mono first.

Great picture.
Les Auld: Thanks Louis, In this one I produced the coloured version first and then produce a B&W layer at the top of the stack and reduced the opacity to let a little of the colour bleed through.
Once again I must say that ┬žI like the PP very much !!
Les Auld: Thanks Zeb, glad you like it.
Very nice picture Les. Good PP job
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, appreciate the comment.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 15 Jan 2008, 17:34
Terrific pp, the mono really suits the subject.
Les Auld: So it does Aussie, thanks for the comment.
Nice shot of what looks a statue well worth seing
Les Auld: The trouble is Bill that it is down the side of the building and not many people look up. Thanks for the comment.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jan 2008, 23:38
Interesting treatment you have given it . What did you do? I love the statue - anything Art Deco gets my vote.
Ingrid
Les Auld: Thanks Ingrid, get it right in colour, add a texture mask at the top and than put a B&W layer at the very top of the layer stack and reduce opacity to about 95% to allow some colour to bleed back in.
Wow, Les. Thank you for introducing us to this. What a great piece of sculpture, and super capture. (:o)
Les Auld: Just one of several on one of my favourite buildings. Thanks for the comemnt Rosalyn.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 17 Jan 2008, 12:33
Very cool...I love Deco...
Les Auld: It can be good when well done David, thanks for the comment.

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