Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast Titanic Belfast ┬ęDarren McLoughlin 2015

Titanic Belfast

A recent photographic assignment took me to Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital city and the second largest on the island of Ireland; growing up I spent a lot of time in the former industrial powerhouse of Ireland.

Belfast is a city that has undergone a lot of renovation over recent years and the most shining example of that renewal can be seen in the bright and shimmering anodised aluminium exterior of Titanic Belfast.

This angular building sits in the middle of the city's docklands that were reclaimed from the sea in the 19th century then quickly filled with the myriad sounds of shipbuilding works including the famous Harland and Wolff who built the ill-fated Titanic that later sank after striking an iceberg en-route to America on her maiden voyage.

In recent years the area had been quiet, becoming almost derelict with shipbuilding of smaller vessels, refits and refurbishments the only activity in these quays that once had over 35,000 workers picking up tools everyday. Harland and Wolff also built HMS Belfast, a cruiser that was involved in many battles and engagements during and after the Second World War. HMS Belfast might be familiar to you if you've ever been to London, it is now a museum ship moored on the Thames close to London Bridge.

Titanic Belfast is more than just a shiny building, it houses a museum and exhibition space dedicated to the ship with interactive experiences relaying the history of Belfast shipbuilding, making of and the maiden voyage of the world's most famous ship.

I photographed this impressive building from many angles, on a bright and sunny day and remarked how much the docklands area of Belfast has changed for the better.

Join me to photograph Belfast's sights before heading on to the County Down coast or the stunning Antrim Coast.

Last modified on Monday, 13 May 2019 16:07

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