Photographer Paul Trevor is currently exhibiting a collection of photographs that remained forgotten in a drawer for 35 years. The project is a heartwarming portrayal of children living and playing in some of Liverpool’s poorest areas.
Children … are the first line of defence of every community … they’re quite tough and they give you a really hard time. When you enter into a neighbourhood they’re there.
Aside from the nostalgic feeling you get from seeing these images of children fearlessly playing in a seemingly desolate landscape, the most striking element of this project for me is how it illustrates the change in attitude towards photographers in the last few decades.
It’s no longer possible for a photographer to take images of this kind without harassment from the media, police and parents, and the result could be that in thirty years time there will be nothing to document how children went about their lives in 2011.