Berlin C/O – Blow Up – The Swinging 60’s Influence

Blow Up

Blow Up

England, or more accurately London would have been quite a place to be in the 1960’s, that is no new news. It was like everyone was high as a mo of and delightfully embracing their new found open minded approach to everything. The sex, the drugs, the music, the fashion, the liberation and everyone looked unfathomably cool. England was the don when it came to all things cultural, and one area where big changes and new routes were being taken were in photography, the likes of David Bailey, Don McCullin and Terence Donovan were taking fashion photography to a new place and the world was taking note. The C/O in Berlin, a favourite photography haunt of SF has had a rather delightful exhibition called Blow-Up, from the film by Michelangelo Antonioni. Now at the time of writing SF was not totally au fait with the film but it takes the form of a photographer and his shooting of models and also everyday life in a kind of paparazzo style, the main character is loosely based on all the photographical forerunners of the day, hence the exhibition splices parts of the film with shots from this era.

London as it was...

London as it was…

Being a former Londoner…. the shots of the Eastend were the perfect tonic today on what was a god awful day of hailstones and high winds. Can we have summer soon? We have a small selection here for your viewing but get down there before it shuts on the 8th….

ROA in Berlin

One of the most prolific and well travelled artists around, and one of the easiest to spot, purely because his style is like no other and the scale means they are near enough impossible to miss. Beit in London, Berlin, France, the US or in the southern hemisphere, Seeing a ROA piece is a feast for the eyes.

 

Berlin has long been a playground for the taggers, graffiti artists and paste-up merchants of Europe, but very few can boast such huge pieces, maybe Blu is the only rival. ROA usually paints animals and birds and uses a small pallet of colour, usually just black, white, grey and sometimes red, then uses shading and lines to bring them to life.

 

SF features two piece today…. the well known and the slightly newer.

The iconic Kreuzberg piece of 2011

The iconic Kreuzberg piece of 2011

Like a rat up a drain pipe in Prenzlauer Alle

Like a rat up a drain pipe in Prenzlauer Alle