Tuesday, 8 October 2013

A Year in the Vernacular - Autumn 2012

Following on from my previous post, here is the next instalment of my last year (and a bit) of life taken through the lenses of others.

This time it's Autumn 2012 - Including some Halloween style fun with Fleur, mucking about on a Natuzzi sofa in the middle of a vintage shop, Marla's first ride on a steam train and the birth of my son Bertie!

Friday, 27 September 2013

A Year in the Vernacular - Summer 2012

 
As a photographer is very rare that I get in front of the camera (in fact it's only happened a few times, but more on that in another post), so the only pictures I ever see of myself are taken by others and are most often snapshots of days out or more increasingly through social media such as Instagram.

In photography parlance we call this the Vernacular: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernacular_photography.

So I thought I'd share with you, over a series of posts, my last year (and a bit) of life taken through the lenses of others.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Goodbye Friend Connect. Hello Bloglovin'!

Well it seems that Google Reader has finally been taken offline which means that Google's Friend Connect widget is also dead, all in the name of forcing people to use their pointless and semi-redundant Google+. *sigh*

So, following everyone else in the vintage community it seems, i've switched over to Bloglovin'

Annoyingly in order to 'claim' my blog as my own I have to put up this post with the following link embedded in it:

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

...and then you'll be a Jitterbug!

or "A love letter to Swing".

About 9 years ago I decided that I wanted to learn to partner dance.

Looking around at the time It was clear to me that a large part of the scene was based around social dancing and dance weekenders, and I honestly think if you want to truly embrace a culture from the past then you need to embrace as many aspects of it as possible - back in the 40s everyone knew how to dance and it was a large part of socialising and the social scene.

Growing up in the 80s and 90s, partner dancing just didn't exist any more. Yes there were the odd occasions at a school dance when you had to embarrass yourself by nervously grabbing an available girl and slow dancing at the end of the night, but that was it, and let's face it, it was never a 'proper' dance, just slow stepping around whilst trying not to press yourself too close to the girl in question!

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Halloween Fun with Fleur

A few weeks ago I offered my services to the fabulous Fleur De Guerre as a male manikin (I hasten to use the word 'model') so she could dress me up in vintage style Halloween clobber for a shoot she'd been asked to do by o2. The shoot was part of their #lookscary launch campaign for the Blackberry Curve Red phone.

All in good fun I spent the afternoon dressing up as Gomez Adams, a Zombie James Dean and most bazaarly of all having a huge green apple painted on my face to be the subject of Magritte's "The Son of Man"!


Monday, 16 July 2012

"...Smile and Whistle under all circumstances"

Me as a Cub Scout
This subject of this post came up in conversation with The Lady Wife the other day and I thought 'Hmmm, I could do a nice little bit about that on the blog!' plus, in a way, it's something of a reaction to the myriad of recent posts by fellow enthusiasts Retro Chick (here and here) and Tuppence Ha'penny (here, here and here) about why they wear 'Vintage', partly in relation to the recent 'Vintage backlash' (I might do a proper post about that as well).

Now, over the last few months I've had the pleasure of being interview about my Southern Retro project for publications such as Vintage Life Magazine, Flush Magazine and Milkcow Vintage - and one of the questions that often comes up is why the retrospective life appeals so much over that which modern life has to offer.

My answer nearly always has something to do with keeping history alive, or the great music and dancing, or the important of clothes and pride in ones appearance or, most importantly, ones positive attitude to life in general.

This last one I think is interesting because it's so fundamental to me and I have trouble understanding why it is that modern life just doesn't seem to embrace attitudes such as good manners, courtesy and respect in the same way that it did in the past. I think the reason for this is it was instilled in me at a young age and in such a positive way it just makes sense.

This 'instillation' for want of a better word was carried out during my time as a boy in the Boy Scout Association.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Shopping Guides: Shoreditch Vintage

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Vintage Mafia's Ric Rac club up in Shoreditch, London in aid of Naomi Thompson's "Style Me Vintage" book launch.
It was a great night hanging out and drinking with such glamorous Vintagites (I'm coining that one Charlotte ;-)) as Charlotte, Fiona, Charly, Gemma, Margaret, Shona, Hannah, Claire & Lena to name but a few.
But enough of that... we all had a great night and most of them have blogged about it by now.

During the afternoon before the event I had some time to kill so I went off on a bit of a shopping adventure around Shoreditch, based roughly around the Brick Lane area.
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