Les Demoiselles D’Hamilton

david hamilton is a british photographer best known for his dreamy photographs of young women. much of his work has been criticised for being ‘pornographic’ and is particularly controversial because the women in his photographs are seemingly rather young. i wouldn’t say his work is any more risque than stuff…

seventies avengeance

you may remember these photographs garance doré took of ondine azoulay now we’ve been treated to more of ondine’s great style over at all the pretty birds

roller disco

i cannot and have never been able to skate. be it on ice or with rollerskates or… rollerblades *cringe* i am so bad at it in fact that i have actually had skating dreams – much like normal people might have flying dreams. i’ve had flying dreams too, sure, but the skating dreams are far more exciting. whizzing past people in the street, using it as my main form of transport – these are all things i would love to be able to do.

right now i’m going through a bit of a disco obsession (more on that later) and nothing goes with disco quite like rollerskating. MAN ALIVE. check out swayze in this little number…

right? right. i would have liked to see john travolta partaking in a bit of roller action. other celebs did too though, check out dustin hoffman, andy warhol and cher below

as well as hef rolling with one of his ladies (nice denim suit)

it was a big enough deal that there was a magazine dedicated to it. bring back roller disco.

spot the innuendos

these look like they’ve been taken out of an opening scene for a cheesy porno catalogue. also, notice the toilet seat frame hanging on the wall! all from retro space.

nick dewolf photo archive

i’ve been meaning to tackle this topic for a while, as the nick dewolf photo archive is the largest collection of vintage photos i’ve ever seen (so far closing in on almost 40,000 photos) – so i’m finding it pretty difficult trying to pick my favs to show you! the story behind the archive is presented by steve lundeen, who is nick de wolf’s son-in-law:

as a photographer, nick was ever ready and ever present, leaving behind many thousands of pre-digital images, dating well back into the 1950’s. he carried a camera with him at all times, usually a family of cameras. if you knew nick, you got used to this…eventually, he’d be pointing his camera at you. i am working to post nick’s images in their original sets as they are scanned and processed, somewhere in the order of 20-50 images a day. for those wondering “how much longer can this possibly go on?”, i can only answer, “the mountain is high, the journey is long.”

what an absolutely great story, it makes you realise that you simply have to carry your camera with you all the time – imagine the pictures you’d be able to show your kids one day. also this guy was shooting film, which is a thousand times more admin than our handy digital cameras… here are some of my favourites (i love the hippies)

gertha

i’d like to introduce you to gertha – she’s one of my favourite houses in stellenbosch. all weird angles & low walls, just like the day she was first built. there are many other houses like gertha in town, but unfortunately they are being knocked down one by one to…

another day

everyday she takes a morning bath, she wets her hair, wraps a towel around her as she’s heading for the bedroom chair – it’s just another day.

van

rocking vans

Once upon a time — or more accurately, back in the 1970s — the van reigned supreme.  Riding in right on the heels of the fading muscle car era, the custom van became the ultimate self-expression vehicle– tricked-out and personalized to show all the world just how your bad self…

beer!

bop & jive

the best thing about looking at old photos of your parents is realising that most everyone is the same when they’re young (beer! braai! party hats! dancing! fun!)

albert bierstadt

hey dorks, it’s art history time. if you’re not familiar with the classic frontier paintings by albert bierstadt – you will be now. you owe it to yourself to stare at these bad boys. that light! that detail! oh wow, i could just imagine a million reproductions hanging in thrift…