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Walking in the Footsteps of Giants: Graham’s story

Graham with the rest of the Giants press pack

A camera shy Graham with the rest of the Giants press pack

Q – So Graham, how did you become involved in the Giant Spectacular?

I’ve just moved back to Liverpool after years away and had expressed an interest in seeing the Giants. I had just had a successful showing of my “Hello and Goodbye” exhibition at Arena Studios and at Unit 51 in Liverpool and my friend Pamela Sullivan passed this on to Culture Champ Andrea McGuire. She liked my pictures and thought I could get some good shots for the Cultural Champions blog. I was delighted to accept the offer.

Q – So what was the experience like for you?

The experience was just incredible!  I had access to areas I would never dream of getting to. I got close enough to touch the Giants! I was treated as an equal by the rest of the experienced photography community, even though this was my first big gig, so to speak.

Q – Were there any challenges/tough bits?

The challenges really weren’t particularly big. Fending off heatstroke was probably the biggest, we were so blessed with the weather!

Q – Was there a particular highlight for you?

Highlights were the looks of sheer love on the faces of, especially the kids, but also of adults. The Giants were awesome in every sense of the word. So many people, very little trouble. Spending time in Kensington waiting with people who were as excited as I was about what we were about to see. Being chased down the street by Xolo.  All the press, police and security running away while trying to take pictures, priceless!

Q – How are you feeling now it’s all over?

Now it’s over when’s the next one!? Fabulous experience all round! Thank you x

Walking in the Footsteps of Giants: Sophie Baines’s story

Sophie (back row, second on the right) with her fellow media team members

Sophie (back row, second on the right) with her fellow media team members

Q – Hi Sophie. Before we start, tell us what your day job is?

Digital Content Manager

Q – What role did you play in the Giant Spectacular?

I was a volunteer Media Assistant

Q – So what was the experience like for you?

It was exciting, knackering and inspiring. As a volunteer I was one of many other volunteers in an orange t-shirt…none us knew anything about each other before the event so it was all about listening, mucking in and adapting to whatever was going on moment by moment. Being part of a massive, ambitious totally off-the-wall live event was just brilliant – the whole thing seemed, and still seems, completely audacious but it happened and for me that’s the magic of it – it totally challenged my perceptions about what is possible.

Q – Were there any challenges/tough bits?

After day one I have to say my feet hurt, I was tired, hungry and slightly delirious.

Q – Was there a particular highlight for you?

Being chased down Kensington High Street by a giant mechanical dog along with other event staff – including uniformed police and G4S security guards – and realising how utterly ridiculous the whole thing must look. And seeing loads of kids along the route who were just beside themselves with excitement.

Q – How are you feeling now it’s all over?

Like I’ve been to a fantastic three-day festival. Tired, dirty but very happy.

The Giants in pictures! Saturday 26 July 2014

Our friend and photographer Graham Smillie has been back out and about with the Giants on day 2 of their trip around Liverpool to commemorate the start of the first World War. The Giants strode through Liverpool in sunshine and rain and they were greeted by thrilled crowds everywhere they went. Check out more of Graham’s […]

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