The Dazzle project was part of the Liverpool biennial but also to mark World War One which was when the artist Norman Wilkinson (1878-1971) came up with this idea to protect naval ships. Unlike normal camouflage whose objective is to hide, this camouflage's idea was to mislead by making it difficult to estimate speed and bearing. Every ship design was different, for the full dazzling differences feast your eyes here (HMS Argus is confusing enough on a photo goodness only knows what it looked like on the high seas). The connection with Liverpool is that the Dazzle ships of WW1 were mostly painted there. When not serving in the navy and inventing Dazzle Norman Wilkinson was a fine maritime painter. My first introduction to his work was the LMS railways travel posters of the 1920s and 1930s, today highly collectable items but for those without deep pockets available on postcards. I could have gone with a Liverpool view but as a contrast show a scene nearer in distance to where I live, a dazzling day of
gentle sailing on Windermere.
Lastly to complete the trio of Dazzle ships here is one I had no difficulty photographing from every angle because it was moored near Blackfriars Bridge in London and I merrily clicked my way along both banks of the Thames.
Here is the ship's stern giving a closer view of the design and taken from the Victoria Embankment where she is moored.
All three ships were part of the "14-18-NOW" WW1 Centenary Arts Commission.
An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week moored at D here