Ruth Toda-Nation | People of Merseyside, 1980s
In the 1980’s my home of Merseyside was so often portrayed in relation to its economic deprivation. The Toxteth riots were in 1981 and Liverpool and the surrounding areas suffered badly from high unemployment in the late 70’s and early 80’s. I was 16 and this was my first attempt as a photographer, never having had the opportunity to hold a camera before. I wanted to show the warm hearted, strong, and proud people that I loved. In my naïve way I shot as close to the people as I could get whereby drawing the focus away from the deprived environment, allowing the people themselves to shine.