Finding light in the darkness

Although I wanted this book review to start off as some sort of parable for a meaning in life, I didn’t want it to come across as so worthy or as dull as that. ( as though you can bring genuine meaning to a book review..Ed)

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I was recently sent a copy of Céline Stella’s book, Nour by Justin Quirk who runs the photobook publisher, NOUFOS. It has a very simple premise, to document the shops and outlets around the area of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia at night. With the wonderful addition of neon light blazing out from all areas of the photographs.

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The photographer who works in Saudi Arabia noticed neon-lit kiosks, food stalls and trucks whilst driving through the desert one night, she then shot the entire project over five days during Ramadan.

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It is slightly bigger than A5 in size ( 18 x 25cm) , printed on a glossy black paper with spot varnish giving lovely tone and reproduction. It’s 40 pages long and is £15 plus P+P.

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The pictures have a dreamy quality, I really liked the simple premise, the format and the way the book was designed and presented. Looking forward to more from NOUFOS.

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Book: Nour (Hey buy it here)

Photographer: Céline Stella

Publisher: NOUFOS

Print Run: First Edition 150 copies

Paper: Amadeus Primo Gloss 170gsm

Designer: James Edgar Design

Printer: Boss Print

 

 

 

Bee excellent to each other

Whilst I shamelessly rip off Bill and Ted’s line with one hand, I selflessly hold onto the lack of waspish ways within the anthropomorphic fandom. That’s right, where are the pretty stinging varieties; the wasps, the bees and the dragonflies. A distinct gap in the market, until now.

At Home With The Furries

I met Hazel last weekend and she shared my surprise that the bringers of honey haven’t really been acknowledged within the furry community. The birds can call themselves ‘featheries’, the dragons and snakes have ‘scalies’, even horses can call themselves ‘hoofers’. Well maybe. What do the insects have? You tell me.

 

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Sticks and Edward Fuzzypaws

As I wandered the streets of the City of London, I came across these unusual looking creatures. This was not planned at all honest. It wasn’t a special Christmas party for the Londonfurs I swear.

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The badger who calls himself Feral seems suitably grumpy, he reminds me of ‘Badger’ from Fantastic Mr Fox. Hvedra is a cassiopeia and both are on the radar for At Home With The Furries

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Pazuzu is a wonderful creature, calling himself a self-styled demon lord. He speaks as a character straight out of a Bram Stoker novel

A skulk of foxes, a pack of wolves, a terror of dragons and a smattering of cats, sheep and all manner of hybrid creatures lined up for the school photograph.At Home With The Furries

Merry Christmas and let’s have an amazing 2016! At Home With The Furries

Catford Tales

This new project, which I started under the auspices of the 100 year anniversary of the completion of the Corbett Estate (the 3000 Victorian houses that were built by Archibald Corbett from 1895-1913, in Catford, south east London) has become an exploration of a local area through the people who live here. Its aims are to find out about the heart of the community and the way that members of this community can and do make a positive difference to how we live together.

It’s in the early stages as I photograph people within Catford and if I wanted to find a single line to describe this project it would be a question more than a statement, What is local community and why is it important?

With this in mind I photographed Peter Ranken, the chairman of the Archibald Corbett Society; a community group dedicated to preserving the history and future legacy of the Corbett Estate. Peter ranken

Elisabeth Blanchet is a photographer who has set up a museum in an existing ‘prefab’ house on the Excalibur Estate in Catford, South East London. It is a gallery and tea room dedicated to preserving the history of prefabricated housing in the UK. The Excalibur Estate was built by German and Italian POWs after the second world war as a temporary solution to the housing crisis caused by the Blitz. Despite the strong community spirit fostered over the years and the historical nature of this estate, most of the housing has been earmarked for redevelopment.queenofprefabsv2

Julia Burke is a community activist for both The Archibald Corbett Society and the Corbett Residents Association. She is heavily involved in local issues and has lived in the Corbett Estate in Catford for over 20 years.Julia Burke

Ricky Boyce has lived in the Corbett Estate, in Catford for nearly 15 years. His trade as a plumber takes him all over Catford and beyond. He volunteered his time to take part in the launch of the Corbett Portraits Competition, a photography prize that rewards the best portraits taken of anyone who lives and works in the Corbett Estate.

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Alex Binnie

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Alex Binnie

I photographed Alex Binnie last week for a book project I’m working on about the history of tattoos. He’s one of the featured artists and was right in the midst of hanging a new show of artwork at his studio: Into You. Here’s a shot from the first edit that has got that special something I feel

100 Ideas That Changed Street Style

My well thumbed copy of 100 Ideas That Changed Street Style

First some stats, who doesn’t like a list?

18 months, 3000 images sourced, 35 contributors, 300 images used

100 Ideas That Changed Street Style is published by Laurence King today, and as the Picture Editor, I’m very proud of it!!

An authentic look at the history of street fashion and subcultures from the past 70 years, it is written by Josh Sims and contains images from photographers as diverse as Bruce Davidson, Allan Tannenbaum, Ewen Spencer, Liz Johnson-Artur, Shoichi Aoki, Roger Mayne, Rebecca Lewis, Bruno Barbey and Jamel Shabazz.

I was originally commissioned by Laurence King in August 2012, via Linked-In, you see Linked-In does have some purpose after all!

Thanks to the likes of photo libraries like PYMCA and Urban Image, sourcing youth based photos is easier than ever. However that’s not to say the task in hand didn’t have it’s own challenges: Paninaro, BCBG, Cholo, Trickle-Up, Commercialism, Kogal, Greasers, Reproduction, Metrosexual were just a few of the subjects that were, shall I say more difficult than others.

It’s a terrific book, beautifully designed by Roger Fawcett-Tang @ Struktur Design.

Here are some of my favourite spreads from the book.

Paninaro: it’s an Italian version of UK Casuals, only that the Paninaro were only found in one area of Milan during the 1980s, it was somewhat of a challenge to find these images, they are from Mondadori Portfolio. Thanks to Claudia Beretti for her invaluable assistance sourcing these images.

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The Teenager: Top image is from Magnum Photos, a classic Bruce Davidson from his Greaser series, shot in Brooklyn in 1959. Bottom is from Ewen Spencer‘s Teenager series from 2000.

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Funk: Awesome image of James Brown, shot in 1979 in New York by Allan Tannenbaum.

funk I love this spread on Body Building, Arnold Schwarzenegger hitting the streetsbodybuilding, from Rex

Northern Soul: images on the left are by Rebecca Lewis, on the right Ewen Spencer

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Ganguro: from Japan. On the left, Shoichi Aoki and right, Eriko Sugita/Corbis

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Cycling: Left, Iorgis Matyassy from his courier series. Right, Tommy Simpson from L-Equipe/Offside. Main image, Horst Friedrichs/Eyevine from his Cycle Style series

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There’s another 93 amazing spreads in the book, so well worth putting in an order for it. Special thanks to the photographers who contributed images from their collections: Ewen Spencer, Rebecca Lewis, Liz Johnson-Artur, Allan Tannenbaum, Jamel Shabazz, Shoichi Aoki, Iorgis Matyassy, Kjeld Duits, Joe Bailey and Claude Estebe.

Additionally special thanks to the photo agencies that provided so much fantastic imagery for the book: PYMCA, Eyevine, Magnum Photos, Getty Images, Corbis, Press Association, Rex Features, Urban Image, Mondadori Portfolio and Mary Evans amongst others.

Read more about the book and buy it here

To see other examples of my picture editing and research, have a look here

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Traverse 50 exhibition

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Traverse 50 exhibition

Just got the press release through, what a fantastic lead picture, I wonder who the photographer could be…

Behind the scenes…