A collection of inspirations called to mind

'Desert Breeze' Lodge in Swakopmund, Namibia.

'Desert Breeze' Lodge in Swakopmund, Namibia.

— 3 weeks ago
#'Desert Breeze'  #Lodge  #Swakopmund  #Namibia  #Desert 

NOCTURNAL PLEASURES: Another stone-cold 1980s R’n’B classic to add to the Loose Ends playlist that I only just realised that I had set up on my page! ‘Nights of Pleasure’ will certainly be on my summer playlist.

Taken from the group’s 1986 set ‘Zagora’, it was released as a single in November of said year. A languid, lush mid-tempo where the group’s vocals all blend together beautifully, it is a reminder of the stunningly high-quality standard of contemporary R’n’B in the mid 1980s. Whilst the decade produced far more commercially-geared sounds than in previous decades, there’s no denying the instant appeal of its oral decadence.

Nick Martinelli’s production on ‘Nights of Pleasure’ is wonderful, but here in the extended mix, it is stretched out and mixed up a bit. The punch it’s given here adds a bit more pace to the slab of classic British soul.

— 3 weeks ago
#Loose Ends  #R'n'B  #Soul  #Carl McIntosh  #Jane Eugene  #Steve Nichol  #Nick Martinelli  #1986  #1980s  #Summer Jams  #Bow  #Fave 
AT SEA: I’ve been really taken with this particular image taken from one of Bruce Weber’s most iconic editorials (also one of Grace Coddington’s contributions to UK Vogue in the 1980s), based on the work of photographer Edward Weston. I’m not actually at all familiar with Weston’s work but Weber’s tribute certainly has me intrigued.
This particular shot of Puerto Rican beauty Talisa Soto and male model Bruce is a quietly poignant shot, featuring the pair sitting on the back of a boat on an overcast day; the former clutching onto her coat for warmth. It’s so simple and yet looking at it I can see all of the influence it’s had; this image has certainly been referenced a lot by other photographers in recent years.
There are so many stand-out images in the story from 1982 but there’s something that feels particularly timeless. 
This image was scanned by kelles at The Fashion Spot forums (and edited by myself).

AT SEA: I’ve been really taken with this particular image taken from one of Bruce Weber’s most iconic editorials (also one of Grace Coddington’s contributions to UK Vogue in the 1980s), based on the work of photographer Edward Weston. I’m not actually at all familiar with Weston’s work but Weber’s tribute certainly has me intrigued.

This particular shot of Puerto Rican beauty Talisa Soto and male model Bruce is a quietly poignant shot, featuring the pair sitting on the back of a boat on an overcast day; the former clutching onto her coat for warmth. It’s so simple and yet looking at it I can see all of the influence it’s had; this image has certainly been referenced a lot by other photographers in recent years.

There are so many stand-out images in the story from 1982 but there’s something that feels particularly timeless. 

This image was scanned by kelles at The Fashion Spot forums (and edited by myself).

— 3 weeks ago
#Taliso Soto  #Bruce  #Bruce Weber  #Grace Coddington  #Classic  #1982  #1980s 
DESERT RIDER: Was going through some old issues of i-D recently and came back across a great editorial by Hans Feurer in the 300th Anniversary Issue (June/July 2009).
In ‘Stop Working And Go To Africa’, Ali Stephens makes her way through the desert, dressed in extreme bold looks styled by Havana Laffitte. She almost takes on the guise of one of the exotic creatures that inhabit the barren landscape; although in this particular image she looks like a biker on a break…albeit a biker with a budget for a sickeningly expensive Balmain jacket. Couldn’t stand those when they were in editorials all the time but over time I’ve come to appreciate them!
Love the stoic, hard-edged serenity of this picture of the rather underrated Ali. I wonder what she’s up to at the moment?
This image was scanned by  a-state-of-bliss. 

DESERT RIDER: Was going through some old issues of i-D recently and came back across a great editorial by Hans Feurer in the 300th Anniversary Issue (June/July 2009).

In ‘Stop Working And Go To Africa’, Ali Stephens makes her way through the desert, dressed in extreme bold looks styled by Havana Laffitte. She almost takes on the guise of one of the exotic creatures that inhabit the barren landscape; although in this particular image she looks like a biker on a break…albeit a biker with a budget for a sickeningly expensive Balmain jacket. Couldn’t stand those when they were in editorials all the time but over time I’ve come to appreciate them!

Love the stoic, hard-edged serenity of this picture of the rather underrated Ali. I wonder what she’s up to at the moment?

This image was scanned by  a-state-of-bliss. 

— 3 weeks ago
#Ali Stephens  #Hans Feurer  #Havana Laffitte  #Balmain  #Classic 
MODERN INTERIORS AND RURAL EXTERIORS: An intriguing contrast between two distinct elements, in this case, two separate environments is always of interest. Hence why I decided to post this particular picture. As a viewer we see a side view of a ‘new-wave’ bedroom; one where a bed faces out to a slanting, sci-fi window that offers a glimpse into an area quite unlike what’s inside.
A rural field, surrounded by fence presents a polar opposite (visually speaking) to the isolated bedroom with its clinical colours and sleek design. I’m not convinced that I would like to live in such an environment…choosing to go either for full on city or country life. However some people want it all, and in this case prove that one can have a taste of both modern and old-fashioned life as it were.
This image was sourced from Iseecubed.com

MODERN INTERIORS AND RURAL EXTERIORS: An intriguing contrast between two distinct elements, in this case, two separate environments is always of interest. Hence why I decided to post this particular picture. As a viewer we see a side view of a ‘new-wave’ bedroom; one where a bed faces out to a slanting, sci-fi window that offers a glimpse into an area quite unlike what’s inside.

A rural field, surrounded by fence presents a polar opposite (visually speaking) to the isolated bedroom with its clinical colours and sleek design. I’m not convinced that I would like to live in such an environment…choosing to go either for full on city or country life. However some people want it all, and in this case prove that one can have a taste of both modern and old-fashioned life as it were.

This image was sourced from Iseecubed.com

— 3 weeks ago
#Contrasts  #Bedroom  #Architecture  #Field  #Interesting Images 
TIMES 2: A vision to behold and one that you certainly don’t stumble across every day. I recently (and by recently I mean a few months ago) posted some shots of rainbows  that appeared across the London skyline just after a spontaneous downpour of hail. I believe that in a similar manner to this landscape, a pair mirrored each other across the dull blue sky.
In this particular case however you see the colours of the rainbow beaming out far more prominently. Set against the idyllic backdrop of gorgeous green pines and a mountain’s surface gradually climbing into the sky; this is more the stuff of folklore than your average wander around town! A one-off view to say the least.

TIMES 2: A vision to behold and one that you certainly don’t stumble across every day. I recently (and by recently I mean a few months ago) posted some shots of rainbows  that appeared across the London skyline just after a spontaneous downpour of hail. I believe that in a similar manner to this landscape, a pair mirrored each other across the dull blue sky.

In this particular case however you see the colours of the rainbow beaming out far more prominently. Set against the idyllic backdrop of gorgeous green pines and a mountain’s surface gradually climbing into the sky; this is more the stuff of folklore than your average wander around town! A one-off view to say the least.

— 3 weeks ago
#Rainbow  #Mountains  #Idyllic  #Landscapes  #Photography 
Sun on the horizon.

Sun on the horizon.

— 1 month ago
#Sunshine  #Landscapes 
A celebration of sorts.

A celebration of sorts.

— 1 month ago
#Sunset  #Fireworks  #Landscape 

METEORIC HEIGHTS: If there’s one jam that I’ve been blasting consistently recently, it has to be ‘Meteorite’, the stand-out track from Mariah Carey’s most recent set ‘The Elusive Chanteuse’.

A sleek, elegant disco meets neo soul mid-tempo produced by the legendary Q-Tip, ‘Meteorite’ is the kind of track that I was shocked to see still being produced in the mainstream today. 

Mariah references Andy Warhol’s iconic ‘15 minutes of fame’ quote at the beginning of the track before launching into song on top of a serene, space-age soul beat that makes use of the horn and string riff and vocal ad-libs from Eddie Kendricks’ ‘Goin Up In Smoke’ from 1976 and builds in intensity gradually and gradually before bursting into a full-on post Studio 54 dance track for the last minute.

Although there’s a certain sense of sweetness to Mariah’s vocals on ‘Meteorite’, the lyrics indicate an underlying cynicism of the whole ‘Hollywood machine’ (‘Can you keep up? Everyone you see is racing.’) that is surprisingly subtle.

In short, possibly the best track I’ve heard this year and ample proof that Q-Tip needs to have a place in the ‘Producers Hall of Fame’ carved out for future reference. His alternative version (floating about the Internet) is equally sublime. Enjoy the original first and foremost though. It’s a treat.

— 1 month ago with 9 notes
#Mariah Carey  #Q-Tip  #R'n'B  #Soul  #Music  #Summer Jams  #Future Classic  #2014  #Bow  #Weep