Image copyright Tom Wood Image caption Tom Wood’s daily existence on the boat allows him to capture intimate moments, such as this one in 1989

A photographer’s collect of images taken during his daily commute on Liverpool’s Mersey Ferry has gone on display.

Tom Wood said the project, which he started in 1978 to pass the time, started off “accidentally”.

But he aimed up shooting thousands of rolls of film, capturing the characters and fashions of the day.

He amassed almost 25 years’ merit of images, stopping in 2002.

Image copyright Tom Wood Image caption Wood started taking photos after moving to “a place on the waterfront at New Brighton”, across the famous river from Liverpool. “In those days, bus didn’t run under the Mersey Tunnel, so people had to commute via the boats. This programme was an accident – almost a by-product. I took these photos for something to do while I was commuting.”
Image copyright Tom Wood Image caption His constant presence on the ferry meant he built up a rapport with fellow passengers and, as a result, many of his teenage topics asked for a transcript of the photograph. “I took their epithets and addresses and months ago, I would put one in an envelope with their name on it.”
Image copyright Tom Wood Image caption “There was no charge – I envisioned if these people were kind enough to let me take their photo, “its been” the least I could do. “I’ve still got two boxes differentiated ‘Pier Head’ at home.”
Image copyright Tom Wood Image caption Some shoots, such as this 1979 photo, are seizes of candid moments in and around the ferry terminal
Image copyright Tom Wood Image caption The bold colours and patterns of 1988, as well as permed hairstyles, are among the way trends capture by Woods’ lens
Image copyright Tom Wood Image caption For the photographer, it is a chance to take another look at a “different era” and a particular favourite amongst the images. “One of the ones I like is of two young guys – who I think are New Romantics or something. “Behind them are two other older guys and behind them is another guy, who is the oldest. “It looks like three generations. It’s quite a funny photo.”
Image copyright Tom Wood Image caption Curator Thomas Dukes said the work “spans a time of change for photography” and demonstrate a photographer “allowing people to bring their own personality into the frame”
Image copyright Tom Wood Image caption “This is an exhibition about the relationships with the recurring people and places in our everyday lives. It’s about intimacies constructed during a commute – a jaunt through the correspondences of gazes – and an exploration of a process of waiting, destinations and phases of departure.”
Image copyright Tom Wood Image caption Three women strolling along the mall in 1985

The Pier Head – Tom Wood is at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery until 25 March.

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