Archive for August, 2011

August 29, 2011

Home of Happy Feet

USA. New York City. Harlem. 1939. Savoy Ballroom. © Cornell Capa/International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos

The Savoy was a popular dance venue from the late 1920s to the 1950s and many dances such as Lindy Hop became famous here. It was known downtown as the “Home of Happy Feet” but uptown, in Harlem, as “the Track”. Unlike the ‘whites only’ policy of the Cotton Club, the Savoy Ballroom was integrated where white and black Americans danced together. Virtuosic dancers, however, excluded others from the northeast corner of the dance floor, now referred to as the “Cat’s Corner,” a term not used at the time. This is just one glimpse into one of New York City’s most written about, filmed and photographed neighborhoods – Harlem. For decades, photographers, writers, poets and musicians have been inspired by the rich history, strong culture, beauty and grit of Harlem.

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August 27, 2011

Peace n Love….carnival time.

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Notting Hill Carnival (1998).

August 17, 2011

Word on the streets of Battersea…a week later #LondonRiots

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August 14, 2011

Website Update!

I’ve added a few more projects to my website here.

August 8, 2011

Really like….

Dean Chalkley’s northern soul project Young Souls.  Check it out here.

Images © Dean Chalkley

August 7, 2011

….more babies killed

Tea Dance, Blackheath Halls, London (2011).

Another couple of images I had to drop because they didn’t work in A Rendezvous with Mr Wonderful but I like these images because they freeze a moment in the dance.  As Henri Cartier Bresson says ‘inside movement there is one moment at which the elements in motion are in balance. Photography must seize upon this moment and hold immobile the equilibrium of it.’ That’s what I’ve tried to do here, the 2nd image being the more successful of the two.

August 1, 2011

Killing your babies – its hard!

Tea Dance, Camden Centre, London (2011).

This image didn’t quite cut it for A Rendezvous with Mr Wonderful……just couldn’t get it to work with the other images which is a shame because I really like it….maybe because it looks more like a pinhole photo.  Quite a few favourites didn’t make the final selection. I’m surprised how ruthless I was with this edit but having the title for the project first really helped with this….shall try this approach more often!  Will post some more favs shortly…