Ray Hely, An Engineer’s Eye, Liverpool 1971 – 1993
In the 1970's Liverpool was rapidly changing. Ray Hely's photographic skills were recognised by the Council with an initial request to photograph Liverpool City Council’s 1971 celebrations. “…He photographed anything and anyone. Very little in Liverpool escaped his lens.”
Ray Hely (b 1930) was a Senior Civil Engineer employed by Liverpool City Council from 1971 to 1993. He was aware that Liverpool was rapidly changing, particularly the Central Business District and land was being released for subdivision and development. His photographic skills were recognised by the Council with an initial request to photograph Liverpool City Council’s 1971 celebrations, which included the Festival of Progress.
This informal commission grew into a rare and extensive photographic archive, films and industrial heritage artefacts, which he salvaged from Liverpool Powerhouse, now Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. They are the official, unofficial and unseen Liverpool – spanning over two decades into the 1990’s.
Come and see the thousands of photographs and kilometres of film. Look back, consider progress and reflect on today with 2020 vision through rear lens of An Engineer’s Eye.