PYMCA Photographer duo Dosfotos headed down to the beautiful Festival No.6 in Portmeiron earlier this month to document the incredible atmosphere and creative acts. Basking in the beautiful North Wales summer weather, Dosfotos found they photographed the widest range of activities and performances than in any other festival they’ve attended - representing the real breadth of artistry at this special event. We think you’ll agree they did a fantastic job at capturing the brilliantly unique atmosphere and it’s safe to say, at PY-ZINE we’re unfathomably jealous.

Festival No.6 runs from the 3rd - 6th of September in 2015 - http://www.festivalnumber6.com.

Snapshot surveillance by photographer and writer, Hartnett.

ELEVATED STATUS

When I was a lad…

When I was a lad, we didn’t have a wardrobe of shoes, with more lined up under the bed, more in boxes, unworn as yet.

Athletic footwear has come a long way since the humble plimsoll (once known as a sandshoe). For a product that is ostensibly about health and vitality, trainers have a tough street vibe that has become part of a global streetwise uniform. 

The rise and runaway success of this form of footwear, sneaker, from teen must-have to fetishist’s delight on recon.com is quite a journey. 

Mmm, sniff this!

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THE WHO: Northern Soul StyleTHE WHERE: UK 


©Paul Vickery/PYMCA

THE WHO: Northern Soul Style
THE WHERE: UK 

©Paul Vickery/PYMCA

On with the helmet, ready, set, go! It’s downhill time, which means it goes DOWN!

It’s the season final of the IXS Downhill Cup series and the last race takes place at the infamous “Speedster” race track at the rocky mountain area of Saalfelden Leogang near Salzburg. More than 300 daredevils from 25 nation race take on the challenging race track and Gonzales Photo’s Austrian photographer Christoph Oberschneider was on the spot capturing the adrenaline-fuelled  atmosphere.

When it goes downhill you often find our photographer Christoph around. When he doesn’t pick up his phone we know Christoph is somewhere in the mountains on his mountain bike or skiing. Luckily Christoph always carries his cameras, so we can enjoy top quality landscape and sport photography. 

Downhill mountain biking is an extreme sport where the rider has to manoeuvre downhill in a rough terrain that includes jumps and “rocky gardens”. Like many other sports it’s about reaching the finish line as fast as possible. 

Downhill biking is considered a dangerous extreme sport, which also means accidents, injuries and even deaths so lots of safety gear is required for the official competitions.

All images © Gonzales Photo/Christoph Oberschneider

THE WHO: Two nu-metal girlsTHE WHERE: Camden, LondonTHE WHEN: 2000s


©Kate Dressekie/PYMCA

THE WHO: Two nu-metal girls
THE WHERE: Camden, London
THE WHEN: 2000s

©Kate Dressekie/PYMCA

Snapshot surveillance by photographer and writer, Hartnett.

STYLE FUCKERS

To quote the wise, wise words of the ladies Salt ‘n’ Pepa:

He’s not a fake wannabe tryin’ to be a pimp

He’ dresses like a dapper don, but even in jeans

He’s a God-sent original, the man of our dreams

In search of representations of where it’s at, I can’t be arsed with all this screen clicking about. Sure, every once in a while I go on a Google binge, but such scrounging around only feeds me with bite-sized chunks that lead to a headache.

To the rescue comes my personal library. Shelves and cupboards, stacked with full cream, rather than the skimmed UHT milk of self-promotional bloggers and a minefield of misinformation. Takes more than PR hand-outs to have a considered opinion. 

For style with substance, a read of 10 MEN is always insightful, especially when the editorial digs beyond the contructed veneer of industry style makers, such as George Cortina (associate fashion director for Vogue Japan) Stefano Tonchi (editor at W), Olivier Lalane (deputy editor / editor in chief at Vogue Paris / Vogue Hommes International), Christopher Bollen (editor at large for Interview), Panos Yiapanis (a now legendary stylist, gorge on his portfolio, intrepidlondon.com) and… Alister Mackie (the dark horse, the one to monitor with CCTV eyes… catch him if you can for his ‘twisted youth’ work).

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PYMCA Photographer Judith Erwes has launched a fantastic Indiegogo campaign for her mind-blowing children’s book about colours - ‘Brilliant’. Perfect for budding artists and future photographers! Check it out here for your copy.

THE WHO: Two punk girls sitting on the stairsTHE WHERE: Rebellion Festival, Blackpool, UKTHE WHEN: 2012

©Farid Goual/PYMCA

THE WHO: Two punk girls sitting on the stairs
THE WHERE: Rebellion Festival, Blackpool, UK
THE WHEN: 2012

©Farid Goual/PYMCA

THE WHO: A Skinhead THE WHERE: Skinhead Reunion, BrightonTHE WHEN: 2014

©Debbie Sears/PYMCA

THE WHO: A Skinhead 
THE WHERE: Skinhead Reunion, Brighton
THE WHEN: 2014

©Debbie Sears/PYMCA

Snapshot surveillance by photographer and writer, Hartnett.

FEEDING FRENZY

Fashion Week events. Oh, idk. 

Imagine a jigsaw of many pieces being thrown into the air… a jagged picture will soon form…

An A4 page from the much-travelled journal of photographer Tony Ray-Jones (1941 - 1972) that reads like a snapshot Master Class was recently on show beside an exhibition of classic work, (National Media Museum, Bradford, 2014; nationalmediamuseum.org.uk)

Those who attend Fashion Week events, those who aspire to Photography, could learn much from the scribbly blue, red and black biro.

APPROACH

BE MORE AGGRESSIVE

GET MORE INVOLVED

STAY WITH THE SUBJECT MATTER

(BE PATIENT)

TAKE SIMPLER PICTURES

SEE IF EVERYTHING IN BACKGROUND

RELATES TO SUBJECT MATTER

VARY COMPOSITION + (indecipherable

BE MORE AWARE OF COMPOSITION

DON’T TAKE BORING PICTURES

GET IN CLOSER

WATCH CAMERA SHAKE

DON’T SHOOT TOO MUCH

NOT ALL AT EYE LEVEL

NO MIDDLE DISTANCE

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THE WHO: Mods `THE WHERE: Mod Revival, Gijon, SpainTHE WHEN: 1998

©Jon Mortimer/PYMCA

THE WHO: Mods `
THE WHERE: Mod Revival, Gijon, Spain
THE WHEN: 1998

©Jon Mortimer/PYMCA

THE WHO: Bboy MorrisTHE WHERE: Peckham, LondonTHE WHEN: 2013
©Paul Vickery/PYMCA

THE WHO: Bboy Morris
THE WHERE: Peckham, London
THE WHEN: 2013

©Paul Vickery/PYMCA


THE WHO: A skinheadTHE WHERE: Rebellion Weekend, BlackpoolTHE WHEN: 2011




©Hartnett/PYMCA

©Hartnett/PYMCA

THE WHO: Freddie GyamfiTHE WHERE: Shoreditch, LondonTHE WHEN: 2012

©Paul Vickery/PYMCA

THE WHO: Freddie Gyamfi
THE WHERE: Shoreditch, London
THE WHEN: 2012

©Paul Vickery/PYMCA

THE WHO: Mods dancingTHE WHERE: Mod Revival - Gijon, SpainTHE WHEN: 1998
©Jon Mortimer/PYMCA

THE WHO: Mods dancing
THE WHERE: Mod Revival - Gijon, Spain
THE WHEN: 
1998

©Jon Mortimer/PYMCA