New Reading: In Retrospect Magazine

There's a new vintage magazine in town

Photography by Dade Freeman

In Retrospect magazine is refreshing in the sense that it's a magazine not targeting women or men exclusively, it's crammed with lots of interesting articles covering culture, art, fashion and music to name a few that will appeal to anyone with an interest in the past.

One of the creators is Mat Keller, who may sound familiar as I've mentioned him oodles of times on this blog and on Facebook etc because I am a total out and proud super fan of his work. Photography king, the man behind Southern Retro (a portrait project that's built in to a wonderful archive of vintage dressers, including me!) he DJ's, he dances and he's a daddy to two very little people, oh and he recently wrote and directed a film....so when he said he'd like to start a new magazine I wasn't at all surprised!

I didn't immediately throw my hat in the ring to contribute as a writer because so many other people put their hands up that frankly I didn't think there wasn't anything I could offer that wasn't already there and I was and still am, a bit flat out with work so thought I'd share support by being a reader.....

However Mat knows of my adulterous affair with photography and made me an offer to write about a specific female photographer I couldn't refuse (I'm still deciding if he is naughty, cunning or both!) Photography has always had a firm place in my soul and my bookcases are heaving with photography related books, even the new bookcases which is a little concerning....So.... I've written an article about Vivian Maier which you can read in the first issue.

For those not familiar with Maier, she was a lady who took photographs almost her entire life, yet was very secretive about sharing her images and in fact thousands went unprocessed until they were bought at an auction by John Maloof,who had no idea what was on the negatives, but what he discovered pretty much changed his life.

The images contained in that box have gone on to cause a worldwide sensation and Maier has been declared by many as one of the greatest street photographers ever. Here's an extract from my piece called 'Lost and Found' -  head on over to the mag to read more!
With technology feeding the desire of modern society to see the results of our photographic adventures as they happen, it’s hardly surprising the art of traditional photography with film can sometimes feel like a dying skill. Just imagine taking tens of thousands of photographs that are for your eyes only, a collection of images that document the world as you see it but a view that’s not for sharing with anyone else.
Now imagine taking thousands of images as you travel through life and never ever developing the results. Those moments in time, the few seconds it takes to pass a stranger in the street, a brief glimpse into someone else’s day, all captured on film but never relived, never retold, never archived on paper to be touched, turned or explored. 

The first edition is online only and you can read lots of articles for free to give you a good taster, then you can show some love and subscribe! 
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Staycation: Birmingham

If you follow me on Instagram you'll have noticed that I recently took a trip to Birmingham. It wasn't really a staycation at all, but the change of scenery was most welcome. I arrived well armed with piles of books and I also had my camera, with a plan to roam the streets to do a much needed catchup on some course work. I didn't do a single vintage thing - unless you include sitting in the library reading a book! More to come on that later.

When I didn't have my nose in a book I was either editing images from a recent Fabulous Miss K photo session....

Or out and about enjoying Birmingham city centre.

The busker is Esther Turner and she has the sweetest voice! Visit her FB page

I've taken these on my beloved Nikon d610. I am in love with this camera. FACT!

The hotel had an amazing view

and a decent full length mirror which I really need to rectify at home, because they make posting outfit images so easy. Some Birmingham outfits...

I have loads of these Primark Cami tops, they're so versatile and comfy. The trousers I got from Zara last year, apart from the fact the lining of the pocket ripped right open by the third time I wore them they have been a good wardrobe staple.

This was a recent Topshop sale purchase. At £15 it was a good buy, it's a nice simple shift dress but it does remind me of the type of school uniform I used to see on the Oz soap opera's of my youth. When I scouted for opinions on this via instagram people seemed to agree....

I love a maxi dress,I've had this one for ages, another wardrobe gem that I dread wearing out because I've never found another I like quite as much as this one. The jacket is from French Connection via Very and I'm really glad I bought it in the sale because after a few wears the lining has ripped but I really really like it so didn't want to return it, so I'll live with it and have a wee moan every now and again. See the peep of converse? I now wonder how I ever lived without owning a pair of converse. I wear them with everything from jeans to evening dresses. I just LOVE them.

Messy/lazy girl hair. I love a braid,I'm getting my hair cut a bit shorter soon, but if I had really long hair I'd be playing with braids all the time. 

Amongst my adventures was a trip to the Birmingham Museum and Gallery which was wonderful. Amongst the amazing works of art in this beautiful maze of a building was this teeny tiny corset. The picture does not convey how tiny this was, it looked like it would fit a petite ladies thigh!

I ended the last few hours of my visit to Birmingham in the library. Not because I didn't have enough reading material with me but because it's such an amazing building I wanted to have a look inside and oh my god! Birmingham folk, you are lucky buggers! What an amazing space. Not only is it huge but it's so well designed. It has disco escalators!! 

The problem I sometimes have in Norwich Library is that there is often nowhere to take a book and just sit and read. Birmingham Library is so well laid out there were no issues of personal space and it was so quite, despite the fact there were oodles of people visiting the library because it's a tourist hotspot rather than wanting to select some books. I'm deeply envious! I had a fab time, and I'm hoping that no-one snapped a picture of me sleeping in the egg style chair during my visit to the library... I told you it was a really relaxing atmosphere. Falling asleep whilst reading a book, in a public place gives you a very weird feeling when you suddenly wake up I can tell you *blush*
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Instagram: An April Flashback

Blimey, where did April go???

April went so fast for me that I'm grateful Instagram helps me remember what I did. I raided Primark and stocked up on more of pairs of cheap sunnies, took some time off which included a trip to Birmingham, had a portrait session with Fabulous Miss K and made a half decent attempt at organising my studio (AKA the spare room) Half decent only because I ended up finding things I'd forgotten about, which was just one distraction after the other........ Oh and I bought a new glue gun to prepare some props for photoshoots that are in the planning. I do love a glue gun! 

MUST clean all that hairspray off the mirror..........

I hope May is off to a good start for you all!
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