Sunday, July 10, 2011

The non-Sartorialist

Do you read The Sartorialist blog? I do. I like the quirky clothes although I suspect that the photographs of women are more about the uniformly spindly body shape than the clothes. I particularly like the vintage photos that readers send in mostly of their grandparents or parents kicking back on holiday.

It's a bit splotchy, and probably not up to Sartorialist standards, but this is a photograph of my grandfather Thomas Long. At the time this photograph was taken, probably in the mid 1930s, he was working as a builder's labourer in and around Hamilton in Scotland. He would later own his own building contractor's business. I love the nonchalant pose and the effortless elegance just for a day out at the seaside.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Campus grafitti

I'm not a great fan of urban grafitti generally — I find it mildly threatening — but I have to admit that there's something funky and fascinating about this ribbon of grafitti around the bottom of a shoebox building on the campus in Pessac.