Sometimes it’s even my time…

by United Blogs of Benetton on: May 16th, 2010

“What did you do for ten days in NYC?” Oh you know how it is, you’re meant to be there for two days, a volcano erupts and before you know it you’re stranded with nothing but a camera, a new Mac and the bright idea to do a self portrait in your hotel room. Do I want to go out for a drink yeah, yeah, in a minute, I’m just working on a personal project…

You know how I said I dress it up a little more when I’m in NYC well here I am (complete with red lipstick and a silly smirk). I must have had one too many cocktails up at Boom Boom (thank you Benetton) because I’ve managed to crop out my killer heels in every shot; and I call myself a photographer…

But I must admit, ten days in NYC with a two day suitcase was quite a test…

Could you do ten days with a suitcase packed for two?

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 Savagely montaging

by United Blogs of Benetton on: May 15th, 2010

Whilst I was “stranded” in New York, I tried to make use of the time wisely by cramming in some exhibitions namely the Tim Burton retrospective at MOMA. Sadly that was a little disappointing given the confined exhibition space and overcrowding. I wish therefore that I could have seen something that probably won’t garner half the crowd but is nonetheless just as fascinating.

At the pop-up gallery Boo-Hurray in Chelsea, New York is exhibiting a selection of punk-era collage/montage work by the author Jon Savage (England’s Dreaming, Teenage) and visual artist Linder Sterling.

Their art fanzine “The Secret Public” published in Manchester in 1978 and ensuing publications was a collaborative visual diary of the first-wave of punk as well as being part of a self-publishing wave where you had hundreds of zines in places like Rough Trade. The exhibition also includes flyers, posters and other printed memorabilia connected with seminal bands such a the Buzzcocks, Joy Division and the legendary Factory Records circa 197701980. It also documents the urban decay going on in London and Manchester, photographed by Savage.

In particular Sterling’s work has a meta-femininst tract that is intriguing to see in its rawest and earliest form which later manifests itself into her visual and installation work as well as most recently, a fashion context exemplified by her prints collaboration with fashion designer Richard Nicoll.

I love the visceral and precise nature of Savage and Sterling’s montages collated in the exhibition. It brings into question the physical qualities of print that as Savage points out are great snapshots of a particular era and whether online information can be stored and cherished in the same way as say, these montages. Do you necessarily feel the same sort of nostalgia towards an archived webpage as you do towards a printed collage where you know hours worth of scalpel paper cutting have gone towards?

Linder Sterling and Jon Savage: The Secret Public, Boo Hooray Galleryc/o Steven Kasher Gallery, 521 West 23rd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, Manhattan, NYC

Exhibition dates: May 10th – May 23rd, 2010

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 What Does Style Mean To Me

by United Blogs of Benetton on: March 22nd, 2010

Style. It’s a word that gets bandied about a lot: I wish I had her style, she’s so stylish or …in the style of for example. Is style just a matter of looking good or being pretty? Of course not; it’s about so much more than that but to actually pin-point what style is, to really quantify the word is a matter of personal opinion. So on to me and my opinion: someone head to toe in designer clothes with immaculate make up and 500 dollar highlights (you know the type of lady I mean, every city has them) is what the term style over substance was invented for.

And what about the girls who have to have the handbag of the season, or the apartment with the right address? So you have a girl with the apartment, the clothes, the bag AND the highlights but of course this doesn’t guarantee style.

To be beautiful is not enough, to be rich is not enough but to be happy and comfortable with who you are, THAT to me is style (and of course a cool look won’t hurt either!) I guess what I am trying to say is that style is not entirely about how you look, it’s about who you are and what you choose to do with your time.

Yes, Chloe Sevigny and Erin Wasson have bucket loads of style but so does my seventy year old neighbour Maria who baked me a cheese cake yesterday because she thought I might like it. Thank you Maria!
Here are some photos that I have taken of people (for my blog) that I believe have true style:

FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE

ZARA MARTIN (TV PRESENTER)

PATRICIA NICOLAS (JEWELLERY DESIGNER)

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 Style

by United Blogs of Benetton on: March 17th, 2010

I’m lucky enough to have photographed a lot of really cool and stylish people for my blog.
They may all have very different vibes going on but they all have one thing in common: buckets of style. Here are a few of my favourite photos.

TAMSIN EGERTON: actress

SASA THOMANN: senior fashion editor of Elle

PORTIA FREEMAN: model

FIONA DEFFENBAUGH: designer and founder of Black Pearl Boutique

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