I went to see Damo Suzuki at Green Door Store in Brighton this weekend. The gig was INCREDIBLE. One of the best shows I have been to in a while. The venue had old oil projectors which were creating incredible visuals on the walls of the venue which I have never seen before! I tried to find one on ebay but they seem to be very expensive and hard to get hold of.
Damo Suzuki played with a band consisting of all the support bands, I have no idea if they had practiced beforehand but it was so so good! It was like a 1 and a half hour jam! At times I felt like I was witnessing Can live… There was a lot of good synth going on and lots of good drumming. The bassist was playing bass with a bow!
Later on after many beers I met Sami and Madina’s cats Gizmo and Connan and we listened to good records until 2am.
I watched a couple of episodes from season one of Skins last week and it reminded me of how good Cassie’s style was. The best character from that TV show was obviously her! I love the clothes she wears, she has a lot of good socks, tights and shoe combinations!
If you know me, you know that I love dogs, although maybe obsessed is a better word. I think dogs are good for human’s mental health. But what I love more than dogs, is anthropomorphized dogs!
Therefore one of my all time favourite photographers is Harry Whittier Frees. I absolutely LOVE his photos, all of them. They make me laugh, feel very happy inside and inspired that someone was making such work over 100 years ago. I mean for gods sake look at the dog rescuing the puppy from the fire, it’s genius! :’)
Harry Whittier Frees was born in 1879 in America, which is also what makes his work so special (the fact it’s from such a long time ago). He was making photos till his suicide in 1953 : (
The way in which he made his work was due to a lot of patience, attention and care according to Frees. He would not administer drugs to any animals. Maybe they were having as much fun as it appears they are?
In the only article that was ever written about him while he was alive, he stated that some shots “required a second and a half, the majority only a second”. Frees also said that he “relied on intuition to determine the right moment to take the photograph” (Cats Dogs & Other Rabbits 2005). Many of his photographs were blurry and only around 30 photos out of 100 would be successful in his eyes.
His mum would sew the outfits for all the photos and he would carefully pin them on. The amount of time he must have spent on each photograph is incredible. He was completly a master of his work!
He died poor, but his work lives on and has been re-printed commercially around the world on postcards and in various editions of books.
It’s one of those months where you have spent all your money the month before on donuts and beer and a week after being paid have nothing. Buying stuff can wait until next month. BUT A GIRL CAN DREAM.
1. Models Own nail polish in Pink Fizz – I’m not much into nail polish or nail art shit but I like glittery nail varnish. Especially if you’re having a shit day. It’s a fiver. Worth it.
2. Gold bicycle helmet from Bobbin cycles – OMG must have this, most helmets are fug. Would be so good cycling down City Road with that on.
3. Plastic cat on wheels at Maiden Shoreditch – OK might splash out this month and get this. Look at his face!
Photo from Blocademy blog.
5. Nike blazer Liberty print shoes – Wanted these ages ago, sold out. You can get some (probably fake) ones from ebay if you would risk it!
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