When we were given the task of writing about something unique about our cities, the first thing that came to my mind about Nottingham was the tale of Robin Hood. However, Robin Hood seemed too obvious a choice and I wanted to learn something I did not know about Nottingham in the process of writing this article. So I asked a few friends, visited the city tourism centre and to my delight discovered something I personally had never known about Nottingham.
Nottingham is the home of Raleigh bikes! (Maybe only cyclists like myself will get excited about this). A man called Frank Bowden invested in a small bicycle company (Wood, Angois and Ellis) which was making a mere three bikes a week. This small workshop was situated on Raleigh Street, hence the formation of the “Raleigh Bicycle Company” in 1890. In the short space of 42 years, the Raleigh Bicycle Company increased produced from three bikes a week to 62,000 bicycles a year!
Another reason I found this interesting was that the start of the bicycle craze happened to coincide with the feminist movement. At this time, women who cycled were viewed as flouting their home maker roles and what they wore when cycling became one of the suffragette’s many battles. During this time, Raleigh were keen to monopolise on these changes in society, so they started manufacturing and advertising ladies’ bicycles alongside their own riders outfit for women. Their advertising displayed fashionable women riding elegant bicycles, this style of which can be still bought today from their ‘Classic De Luxe’ range. Other iconic Raleigh models included the children’s Raleigh Chopper which was manufactured in the 1970s and the Burner BMX (shown in the first photo).
Sadly the last Raleigh Factory in Nottingham closed down recently (they still manufacture elsewhere) and the site was bought by The University of Nottingham. Despite this, the name of Raleigh Bicycles continues as a well known and loved English institution.
Did you own a Raleigh bike when you were younger? Do you still ride a Raleigh? If so, share it with us in the comments section below!
When I was a child, I regularly went to Blaavand, located at the Danish west coast, with my brothers and parents. I stopped going there as I grew up. In 2012 however, we hit the road again. It was my first return visit in about 20 years. I took the chance and packed as many cameras as possible into my luggage. In part two of my journey log, I'm going to show you the pictures I took with my Lomography cameras.
It was the Amazon which I had longed for my whole life. And when it was finally a set deal that I will travel to Brazil with two of my best friends for the Copa do Mundo (World Cup), we really had to start our adventure in the Amazon. I had known about this magical place deep in the rainforest. There was a lodge run by local people of indigenous background, with wooden houses that float on the water and a limited number of visitors. It was eco-tourism as how it should be. To preserve and to celebrate one of the most impressive locations I have seen so far.
Snapping photos while traveling puts your photography skills to the test. However, during a trip to Ghana, I became aware of the power of an image. This article is about my journey making mistakes as a documentary photographer, cognizant of the effects of my white privilege.
Alfred Eisenstaedt was one of Life Magazine's greatest photographers, known for his ability to immortalize the storytelling moment of many public events in history. To write this tribute to him, I chose a subject that he photographed in different places and times: card players in public places. The photos in this article were taken at the Patronal Feast of my city Como, during a series of buraco's lessons held by a local card players club.
Here’s a random and rather mysterious tale for you folks. Just the other day, I was at a local bar with a few friends. It was much like any other evening; we were sipping a couple of cocktails, recounting our adventures, falling over ourselves with laughter and half-drunkenly meditating on the meaning of life (a scientist once told me it’s 42 by the way). But then something truly strange happened. Read on to hear my story and please make a comment with your guess at the end!
This article is dedicated to the multifaceted American photographer George Krause and to his series depicting funeral monuments realized between 1962 and 1963. I was able to know about this series thanks to an important essay on photography written by former Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Director of Photography, John Szarkowski. For this tribute, I loaded my trusty Praktica camera with a roll of Ilford film and took a series of photos in the Monumental Cemetery in my city, Como. Take a look!
The people of a city, to me, speak volumes about its culture and sense of community. And that is why I sought out the people who make Denver that much more interesting after the initial period of settling down. My search lead to a few establishments that have contributed to making Denver what it is today. In the second story on Transient Living, I present to you two of such establishments: The Craftsman & Apprentice, and A Small Print Shop.
If you want to know the heart of a person, peek inside his/her wardrobe! And no, nobody famous said that; I only just made it up. But really, don't you think it's true? After all, the way we dress screams our personality; at least for most of us. And that is why, as soon as I land on a new city, one of the things I absolutely must do is find the local boutiques. Sure, I love the fancy chain boutiques as much as the next person, but there's just something else about a local clothing store. It's unique!
Reminiscent of traveling photographers of the 19th century, Giles Clement tours through the country with his assistant, Zeiss (an Irish Terrier), offering everything from portrait sessions to wildly creative photographic projects for magazines and companies. And although his mode of transportation may have evolved with the times, his photographic method and gear have changed very little compared to the photographers of days past. Now, with over 3 years of tintyping experience under his belt and an impressive list of clients, he's carved a name out for himself as an accomplished tintyper and continues to spread his passion for this ages-old technique everywhere he goes.