I stumbled upon Pineapple Dance Studios quite by accident when I was taking a shortcut in Covent Garden. I was vaguely familiar with it from seeing ads for the reality TV show. While I am absolutely terrified of the thought of taking a class myself, I often cut down Langley Street and the energy of the classes usually impels me to stop for a moment and watch through the conveniently placed street window (I also loved the Banksy/Banksy-like stencil next to the window). Before you think this is strange…I’ve seen very large groups of people standing there watching the classes. Few seem able to resist stopping and watching for a while… even me and my sheer horror of dance classes!
Much of modern dance as it is today owes a lot to Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, husband and wife who founded the famous school and dance company, the Denishawn School of Dancing and Related Arts in 1915 Los Angeles, California. At first solo artists, St. Denis and Shawn began collaborating a year prior on dances often described as exotic and sensual, at times even erotic.
Joel Byron is a long-time fan of Lomography and uses analog methods in his work at his video and film production agency BigPlus. Back in 2010 he painstakingly put together the Lomography Caterpillar Matrix video which had over 60,000 hits! We lent Joel a Petzval lens and asked him to capture some video footage of London. The results were pretty stunning.
Long before people huddled in front of computers, reading was a community and solitary pastime. Libraries—from the high walls of Trinity College in Dublin to writers' cozy studios—were central to this literary tradition.