Archives for the month of: September, 2013


During a chat with Nick Malyan (Empty Shop HQ) a week or so back Nick mentioned the term ‘cultural capital’ to me.

In a later online search about ‘cultural capital’ I found a link for the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu’s ‘The Forms of Capital (1986). Quite a lot of threads came out of the conversation with Nick that I want to try to pursue over the next few weeks.

I’m also currently reading ‘The Medium Format Advantage’ by Ernst Wildi (Focal Press 2001) to find out a bit more about various medium format cameras and ‘Ways of Seeing’ by John Berger (BBC & Penguin Books 1972).

DLI cross processing 4b

I’ve just had a set of 120 film photo prints  back from AG Photo Lab this morning which I had cross processed. (Cross processing a film means that you take one type of film e.g.: 120 colour film and process it in the developing chemicals for slide films or vice versa.) Processing a film in this way gives some really intense and unexpected colour results.

The photos were taken with the Halina A1 camera I mentioned on this blog a couple of weeks back using a 120 colour Fuji slide film.

Belmont cross processing

I have been catching up on some reading starting with 7 Days In The Art World by Sarah Thornton.

I’ve also been reading Magarat Olin’s Touching Photographs. Orlin writes about  Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida  and gives some very interesting insights.

Beautiful Losers a film which was screened a couple of weeks ago at Empty Shop HQ; raises issues around validation and shows how counter culture once it develops past a certain point is assimilated by main stream culture.

A short film on the Guardian newspapers website continues on from that thread with the  ICA’s  new exhibition A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now which focuses on  counter/club culture of the 1980′s-2000 and the creativity that came out of those counter cultures.


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