THE WHAT: A group of boys posing with a motorcycleTHE WHEN: 1973THE WHERE: West London, UK
©Richard Braine/PYMCA

THE WHAT: A group of boys posing with a motorcycle
THE WHEN: 1973
THE WHERE: West London, UK

©Richard Braine/PYMCA

Snapshot surveillance by photographer and writer, Hartnett.

retroFORWARD > IOW

Strains of true teen spirit are evident at specialist and somewhat exclusive stratas, such as the Isle of Wight’s scooter ride out each August Bank Holiday Weekend. 

From the customised American Fish Tail Parkas to the Vespas and Lambrettas at Smallbrook Stadium and alongside Ryde Superbowl, new interpretations on 60s and 70s styling feel playful and fresh and worth documenting.

By night, the dancefloor at venues such as Ryde Town Club on Star Street, feature a mod / skin’ vibe. Strict door policy: NO WARDROBE MALFUNCTIONS.

DJs Junior Boss and Jay Reggae on the decks, provide three nights of vinyl-only BOSS reggae sounds. The lads favour razor-sharp Adam of London tailoring with new-line Brutus shirts mixed in. 

Yeah, ‘n’ Ben Shermans and Fred Perry polos, worn under nutty-boy tanktops, with the girls going for e-Bay treasures, graphics that they won’t get run over in.

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THE WHAT: Goth girlTHE WHEN: 1980sTHE WHERE: UK
©Gavin Watson/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Goth girl
THE WHEN: 1980s
THE WHERE: UK

©Gavin Watson/PYMCA

THE WHO: Chuka and Dubem twinsTHE WHEN: 1980THE WHERE: London
©Hartnett/PYMCA

THE WHO: Chuka and Dubem twins
THE WHEN: 1980
THE WHERE: London

©Hartnett/PYMCA

THE WHAT:Portrait of a Young ModTHE WHEN: 1981THE WHERE: Woolwich, London
©George Plemper/PYMCA

THE WHAT:Portrait of a Young Mod
THE WHEN: 1981
THE WHERE: Woolwich, London

©George Plemper/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Psychedelic BandTHE WHEN: 2010THE WHERE: The Enterprise, Camden, London.
©Catherine Holmes/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Psychedelic Band
THE WHEN: 2010
THE WHERE: The Enterprise, Camden, London.

©Catherine Holmes/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Inna Jungle, Scumtek III,THE WHEN: 2014THE WHERE: Canning Town, London
©Molly Macindoe/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Inna Jungle, Scumtek III,
THE WHEN: 2014
THE WHERE: Canning Town, London

©Molly Macindoe/PYMCA

Snapshot surveillance by photographer and writer, Hartnett.

LOW TECH, HIGH RES

I hate Photoshop. I do.

And, erm, I love Photoshop. I do. 

The crumpled Photo-Me booth photo of designer and musician Martin Degville (Birmingham, October 1976) plus a snapshot of Soo Catwoman (Bang Disco, Charing Cross Road, London, October 1976) are two images I treasure. One, a self-portrait by Degville, en route to seeing Sex Pistols playing in Birmingham, with the photo of Soo Catwoman being my first clubland snap back.

I’d never asked to photograph a stranger before and I’d kind of stalked Soo for close to an hour before getting up the courage to approach. What both surprised and relaxed me was that Catwoman was so receptive to the idea of being photographed and instantly assumed a position in a corner of the back staircase at Bang. 

The picture was taken using a Kodak Instamatic, an almost toyish gadget that contained a mini-neg film cartridge.  Exposure depended upon a highly unreliable disposable flash cube. 

I composed the picture ‘neatly’. I wanted it to be ‘clean’, ‘tidy’. The disposable flash-cube popped as the basic mechanism went ker-lick, and an instant rappor began. 

It was this simple snapshot of Soo Catwoman that seduced me into the world of street and club photography when I was 18 and it is nearly forty years since the photograph was taken, as we approach the anniversary of the formation and first gig by Johnny Rotten and his keen colleagues within Sex Pistols, managed by Malcolm MacLaren. 

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THE WHAT: Young boy with dogTHE WHEN: 1980sTHE WHERE: Wycombe, UK
©Gavin Watson/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Young boy with dog
THE WHEN: 1980s
THE WHERE: Wycombe, UK

©Gavin Watson/PYMCA

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PYMCA Photographer & Writer Jacqueline Soares intellectually hits the road with her research and inspiration on the incredibly influential Beat Generation.

“Im glad you are interested in something that happened years ago, but it’s more appreciated now. When I met Johnny Raf, the father of Bossa Nova in Sao Paulo, he told me that a saint is never appreciated in his time and country. Today Bossa Nova is known everywhere, just like Jack Kerouac’s writing.” (David Amram, 2014)

This interview conceded by David Amram is part of my project as Final Year student at Senac in Brazil. The title of this project is ‘How Kerouac’s On the Road Influenced My Own Generation’. The goal of this project is to make a comparison between The Beat Generation and my own generation, the contemporary youth. I conducted many interviews with members of the Beat Generation, their families and friends, and experts to develop this project.

This extract of David Amram’s interview made me reflect about the importance of the Beat Generation beyond time and space.
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to revive those days of Beat Generation not even hit the same roads of Jack Kerouac, because we are living in a different context and historic moment. But it’s possible to appreciate these ‘saints’ in a different moment in time.

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Snapshot surveillance by photographer and writer, Hartnett.

LEEDS / READING FESTIVALS

You going?

Reading, rather than Leeds? Leeds, rather than Reading? It’s the annual Which? question, with the answer being dictated either by the bill or the current state of bills.

Leeds / Reading Festival

22-24 August, 2014

Shouldn’t say this, of course, but Reading always tends to attract a cooler crowd, a fact based around travel, proximity to the capital and travel connections.

That said, I tend to prefer the Leeds event, that tends to draw from northern regions, many keen to go bonkers after A’ Level Hell.

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THE WHO: Judy BlameTHE WHAT: Alternative Miss WorldTHE WHEN: 1981THE WHERE: Olympia
©Graham Smith/PYMCA

THE WHO: Judy Blame
THE WHAT:
 Alternative Miss World
THE WHEN: 1981
THE WHERE: Olympia

©Graham Smith/PYMCA

THE WHAT: A group of bored ladsTHE WHERE: UK
©Phil Knott/PYMCA

THE WHAT: A group of bored lads
THE WHERE: UK

©Phil Knott/PYMCA

Snapshot surveillance by photographer and writer, Hartnett.

IF IN LONDON…

Camera batteries charged? Rolls and rolls of film, plus memory cards, ready?

Warm up for the annual Notting Hill Carnival, with DJs Chris Sullivan, plus the likes of MC Judah and Gaz. The night is this Friday, and in association with RETURN OF THE RUDEBOY.

Entrance is free but you must email all names to amp@jocksandnerds.com for guaranteed entry.

THE DATE Friday, 22nd August, 9pm-2am

THE LOCATION Basement, The London Edition, 10 Berners St, London W1T 3ND

www.basementldn.com

Text ©Hartnett/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Alternative Miss WorldTHE WHEN: 1981THE WHERE: Olympia
©Graham Smith/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Alternative Miss World
THE WHEN: 1981
THE WHERE: Olympia

©Graham Smith/PYMCA