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.
Sunday best, Birkenhead, 1983.
Sunday best, Birkenhead, 1983.

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Birkenhead Docks, 1983.
Birkenhead Docks, 1983.

Photo © Ruth Toda-Nation.
Liverpool, 1983.
Liverpool, 1983.

Photo © Ruth Toda-Nation.
Liverpool, 1983.
Liverpool, 1983.

Photo © Ruth Toda-Nation.
Liverpool, 1983.
Liverpool, 1983.

Photo © Ruth Toda-Nation.
Pier Head, Liverpool, 1984.
Pier Head, Liverpool, 1984.

"There was a place on the pier head that gave cups of tea and food to the older folk. This little lady caught my attention because she had such a beautiful face and kind eyes."

Photo © Ruth Toda-Nation.
Cafe Workers, Pier Head, 1984.
Cafe Workers, Pier Head, 1984.

Photo © Ruth Toda-Nation.
Three men in Macs. Pier Head, 1984.
Three men in Macs. Pier Head, 1984.

Photo © Ruth Toda-Nation.
Liverpool, 1983.
Liverpool, 1983.

"I went out to photograph a Smithy and met this man on the way. It was his hands that caught my attention - a working mans hands."

Photo © Ruth Toda-Nation.
Toxteth, 1984.
Toxteth, 1984.

"I remember this guy pulling up next to me in his car in Toxteth saying “you can take me photo luv” then he drove off."

Photo © Ruth Toda-Nation.
Toxteth, 1984.
Toxteth, 1984.

Photo © Ruth Toda-Nation.
Toxteth, 1984.
Toxteth, 1984.

Photo © Ruth Toda-Nation.
Coordinated Couple, Toxteth, 1980s.
Coordinated Couple, Toxteth, 1984.

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Toxteth, 1984.
Toxteth, 1984.

Photo © Ruth Toda-Nation.
Toxteth, 1984.
Toxteth, 1984.

Photo © Ruth Toda-Nation.

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