Street Portrait (for and of Giovanni), 2014- Street Portrait (for and of Giovanni), 2014 -

Yesterday, I decided to concentrate on architecture and reflections. Concentrating so hard I took no actual shots.  I was just on the point of giving up on the day entirely when I spotted Giovanni taking a break from the heat in the shade of a shop. He seemed to exude summer and was really nice about having his photograph taken. Thanks very much, Giovanni! Hope you like your picture.

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Swan Lake, 2014- Swan Lake, 2014 -

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An Endless Breath, 2014- An Endless Breath, 2014 -

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Set Me Free, 2014- Set Me Free, 2014 -

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Complicated Game, 2014- Complicated Game, 2014 -

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Street Portrait (for and of Peter), 2014- Street Portrait (for and of Peter), 2014 -

Peter was talking with a friend outside the Opera House when I spotted him. He was easily the most stylish man on the street and very kindly allowed me to take a few shots. This was the final one and my favourite. Thanks very much, Peter! Hope you like your picture.

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Since May 2012, I have been asking strangers if I can take their photograph. I’m drawn to the stylish and the interesting – and all of the people here are one or the other or both. Thanks to Peter, Bernard, Craig, Francesca, Steve, Sophie, John, Sir Gideon, John, Neva, Leon, Lesley, Ariel, Rich, James,Mark, Charlie, Hiro, Vicky, Joshua, Amy, George, Cloud, Chris, Dave, Gus, Tziporah, Alex, Alberto, Andy and George,  and to everyone who has stopped for a portrait.

 

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Street Portrait (for and of Bernard Butler), 2014

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Bernard Butler is an amazing talent. He became famous as one half of the songwriting team (with Brett Anderson), behind the early (and best incarnation of) Suede. There were all kinds of comparisons at the time with other famous songwriting duos, but his incendiary, incisive guitar style was something completely new and exciting. When it underpinned Anderson’s singing the combination was both strangely nostalgic and bracingly forward-looking. While Bernard was in the band, Suede released two stunning albums (Suede (1993) and Dog Man Star (1994)) and one of my favourite singles of the nineties, Stay Together. Bernard left the band in 1994. Since leaving Suede, Bernard has collaborated with David McAlmont in McAlmont and Butler, (releasing two stunning singles, Yes and You Do and two albums), released two solo albums, People Move On (1998) and Friends and Lovers (1999). And in 2004, worked with Brett Anderson again in The Tears. This was one of two shots taken on Seven Dials. Thanks very much for stopping Bernard. Hope you like your picture.

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Street Portrait (for and of Craig West), 2014- Street Portrait (for and of Craig West), 2014 -

Craig was walking along Great Queen Street when I lunged out of the shadows at him and asked for a portrait. I loved his hat and his great smile. Craig, fortunately, said yes. Thanks very much, Craig! Hope you like your picture.

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Street Portrait (for and of Francesca), 2014- Street Portrait (for and of Francesca), 2014 -

OK, confession time – this was the second time I took a portrait of Francesca – the first was only a month or so ago and I didn’t recognise her until I was walking away. Her look this time was so different. To be fair, I don’t think she recognised me either. Both portraits of Francesca are featured in the slide show above and the gallery below. Anyway, apologies and thanks, Francesca! Hope you like your picture.

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Street Portrait (for and of Steve), 2014- Street Portrait (for and of Steve), 2014 -

Steve rescued a long and otherwise fruitless photographic odyssey to Mayfair for me. I loved his look. I’m afraid I can’t remember whereabouts this was taken, but it was outside a gallery. Thanks very much for letting me take the shot, Steve! Hope you like your picture.

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If you want to find out a little more about these fine people, a quick search of TFIPM by the person’s name should bring up the original post. The previous street portrait round-up (July to December 2013), can be found here, and the one before that (March to July 2013), can be found here. This post is dedicated to George Skeggs, my first street portraitee – without him there would have been no beginning…

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If you are interested in self-portraits, I recommend you visit Strata of the Self. It’s beautiful.

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The Sun Highlights The Lack In Each, 2014- The Sun Highlights The Lack In Each, 2014 -

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The Weaker Soldier, 2014- The Weaker Soldier, 2014 -

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Can Can Summer, 2014

Can Can Summer, 2014
Inkjet print, acrylic paint, collage, digital enhancement

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 When I was thirteen or fourteen I was friends with a boy, T, who lived across the road from me. We lived on a suburban estate that was being built around us – ours was the second house to go up, Thomas’ was the seventh, I think. For years we lived on or near a building site. And, as the leaves blew off the calendar, the developers bought up more and more land, and made a miniature sprawl of identikit houses (except that with each new road, the houses got smaller), from what had been muddy tracks and fields of hay. Bored teenagers, we used to ride around on our bikes, looking for amusement. One day, T decided it would be best if we broke every window in the developer’s office. Whoever it was that worked there, knocked off early in the afternoon. We waited until dusk to ride past and check it out. There was no one about, so we returned with stones, larger than our hands, picked from the beginnings of the Hook Pit Farm Lane part of the estate. T smashed the first few windows and asked me what I was waiting for. So, I smashed a few. It was meaningless and stupid and more fun than I expected.

While studying archictecture at Cornell University, Gordon Matta Clark (1943-1978) invented the concept of Anarchitecture. The name combines anarchy and architecture. In the Seventies, Matta Clark formed an artists’ group of the same name with Laurie Anderson, Tina Girouard, Carol Goodden, Suzanne Harris, Jene Highstein, Bernard Kirschenbaun, Richard Landry, and Richard Nonas. Their work critiqued the modernist impulses of contemporary late Sixties, early Seventies American culture, within which architecture was seen as a symbol for that culture’s worst excesses and drawbacks. Matta Clarke’s practice introduced new and radical modes of physically exploring and subverting urban architecture, and some of his most well-known projects involved laboriously cutting holes into floors of abandoned buildings or, as with Splitting (1974), slicing a suburban villa in two.

According to Floater Magazine, “In December 1976, Matta-Clark was invited by the Institute of Architecture to exhibit together with the New York Five in the show Idea as Model. His proposal was to place in every window casement of the Institute a photograph of some old or new building from the South Bronx of which the windows had been broken and vandalized. This way, he wanted to comment on vandalism as the social reality of many ‘ideal’ urban schemes. In order to avoid the pure aesthetisation of the project, he got the permission to break some of the windows of the Institute. But after a late party, he returned in the exhibition and shot holes in all of the windows of the building. The Institute was outraged. His action was one more expression of range against the architectural machine of development. The shooting aimed to mimic the despairing delinquency behind the endemic vandalism in the city.” I think he got a taste for it too.

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Wolf Kidult Man, 2014

Wolf Kidult Man, 2014
Injet print, acrylic paint, digital enhancement

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Can Can Summer, Wolf Kidult Man and Is This New? are all tracks on The Fall’s 27th album, Imperial Wax Solvent (2008). It’s a lo-fi masterpiece. According to Wikipedia: “The album received some press attention when, due to a pressing error, the music of the album was recorded onto the first shipment of Faryl Smith’s debut album Faryl. The record label, Universal Classics and Jazz, was said to have “severe words” with the pressing plant. The incident attracted international attention. Whatever. You can listen to Taurig off the album here.

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Is This New?, 2014- Is This New?, 2014 -

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I’m basically the idea person. I’m not physically involved in the production. I don’t have the necessary abilities, so I go to the top people, whether I’m working with my foundry — Tallix — or in physics. I’m always trying to maintain the integrity of the work. I recently worked with Nobel prize winner Richard P. Feynman. I also worked with Wasserman at Dupont and Green at MIT. I worked with many of the top physicists and chemists in the country.

(extract from an interview with Jeff Koons, Journal of Contemporary Art, 1986)

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Geoff was enjoying a break on Lincoln’s Inn Fields, when I spotted him and asked if I could take his portrait. He was great about it. This was the first of three shots and is my favourite. I really like Geoff’s directness of gaze. Thanks very much, Geoff! Hope you like your picture.

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If you are interested in self-portraits, I recommend you visit Strata of the Self. It’s beautiful.

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Fake Blues, 2014- Fake Blues, 2014 -

Street Portrait (for and of Andy) #2, 2014- Street Portrait (for and of Andy), 2014 -

We seem to have done away with seasons in this country – we can do wet and dull and that’s about it. It’s a serious cramp on the taking of street portraits – there are fewer people about and those that are sensibly sport rainproof attire. So, it was brilliant to spot Andy. And he was great about having his photograph taken (over and over again). These are my favourites. When I opened the files tonight to fine tune them, I realised Andy and I have crossed paths before. Andy was the third person I approached to request a street portrait, way back in May 2012, in the days when I was so flustered by the process that I forgot to ask people’s names. Thanks very much, Andy! Hope you like your pictures.

Street Portrait (for and of Andy), 2014- Street Portrait (for and of Andy) #2, 2014 -

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If you are interested in self-portraits, I recommend you visit Strata of the Self. It’s beautiful.

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Street Portrait (for and of Alberto Umbridge), 2014- Street Portrait (for and of Alberto Umbridge), 2014 -

Alberto was the best dressed person I saw all of Tuesday. He was unchaining his bike from a stand when I pounced. Luckily for me he agreed to a few shots. This was the first of two and is my favourite. Alberto has a radio show called Kitchen Magic Time, which is broadcast on the fabulous Resonance FM. It’s ace! You can listen to Alberto’s past broadcasts here. Tune into Resonance FM here.

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If you are interested in self-portraits, I recommend you visit Strata of the Self. It’s beautiful.

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