My good friend Breezy, (singer and mother), is travelling to the Greek Island of Lesvos this week, to support the thousands of refugees that are there living in terrible conditions. I could not go myself but really want to help also – the photos and stories I’ve been reading in for example, facebook groups like Refugee Child are shocking and very sad. So for this week 25% of all print sales will be donated to Breezy and the group of women who are going there to help. My online store is http://drumzofthesouth.bigcartel.com/ . There are classic prints of Wiley, DMZ, Youngsta and Oneman alongside cityscapes from London and Paris.
Paris is a former home of mine and I am feeling the weight of recent events there but like many I am trying to focus on the beauty that is Paris – among the images for sale is this one of a rainbow next to The Seine – it can be interpreted as representing hope. I like the idea that sales of this and the other prints can go towards helping people in another part of the world. Love is the only way forward. xxx
Hope. Paris. ©GC 2011
Hello Lovely Humans! so it is now a few days until i go to Lesvos and truth be told i’m feeling nervous about what i will see and experience when i am there… but your kindness and the kindness of the other volunteers is giving me strength and hope in humanity! so far I have raised £722.22 which is fantastic and i’m so thankful to those who have donated or sent messages of support! Obviously these horrible attacks that happened over the weekend have prompted more fear and suspicion of refugees but please remember that these attacks are exactly what these men, woman and children are running from in the first place! I believe that Love and compassion is the only way to stop the violence, whereas closing the borders and treating these innocent people like animals will only leave room for more hatred to breed… If you can donate then please do paypal.me/breezylee and if you can’t then show love and compassion wherever you can. The world needs it!
Posted in photography, THINGZ & STUFF
Tagged breezy, campaign, charity, donations, georgina cook, lesvos, love, paris, photography, prints
*MUSIC HISTORY FOR YOUR WALLS* Limited Edition prints – Dubstep & Grime 2004-2005 now available to purchase- http://drumzofthesouth.bigcartel.com/
This one’s of SKEPTA & Plastician at FWD>>
I put up a few of my early Dubstep and Grime images on Big Cartel, to make it easier for people who request prints. They’re all from around 2004-2005, all taken in London on Digital camera – at Plastic People except for the one of the lathe, which was captured at Transition Mastering Studios, on film.
Photography shows the passage of time…
Smoking is now banned in UK clubs; Plastic People is now closed; DMZ, who feature in one of the pictures minus Coki celebrate 10 years this year; Wiley enjoyed big success, retired then broke his retirement; Skepta and Boy Better Know are leading a Grime renaissance – the genre never went anywhere, but it’s seemingly in a new chapter, as highlighted by Skepta and BBK on stage with Kanye West at The Brit Awards earlier this year.
Transition Mastering Studios is still in Forest Hill, still captained by Jason. I visited him last year as part of a photo series about Mastering Houses for FACT – he’s still as busy as ever, still trusted by hundreds of producers and DJ’s to produce weightly, soulful low-end; what HAS changed for him and most of the other studios I visited however, is that engineers are increasingly working alone, without the producer or DJ next to them. Also, bedroom producers are now often trying to master music on their own, with sonically disastrous consequences. It’s the internet age.
As for my work – it’s evolved, as it should; I don’t blog as much and have started working with film (fruits of labour, will ripen soon). I still love anything to with cities, am still moved by London and it’s layers of narratives and history, my work is published frequently and increasingly appears in documentaries; commissions are building up and I enjoy researching new publications to work with, especially print media as it is King. For stills, I use the same digital camera that I have used for a few years, updating it with new lenses- it’s battered to the point where the staff in Jessops were cooing over it last week – too many photographer’s in their opinion are obsessed with the latest technology. More than anything else, I love that people collect my images for their walls, it’s the most satisfying feeling. Lastly, I have a new website… www.georginacook.net
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Tagged 2015, BBK, big cartel, collector, culture, DUBSTEP, georgina cook, grime, history, limited editions, London, music, music history, photography, plastic people, plastician, prints, shop!, skepta
Skream, Hija, Shona, Chef and others at Plastic People, bar area
7 of my photos of Plastic People, the club that I wrote about here a few weeks back have been published as part of FACTmag‘s Oral History of Plastic People, written by Tom Lea and Nick Wilson (aka Beatnick). Some of the photos had never really been seen before, like the one above and the one of Skepta and Plastician . The feature tells the story of the club from the mouths of a handful of it’s resident DJ’s, staff and promoters including Erol Alkan (Trash), Seiji (Bugz In The Attic / Co-Op), Alexander Nut (Eglo), Jon Rust, Elijah Butterz and others. It’s pretty extensive and well worth a read. Also included are a couple of photos by Alex Nut, like this bizarre one of soulstress Fatima and a DJ with a cartoon snake wrapped around them. On an aside, congrats to FACTmag.com on their slick new redesign! It’s lovely to see my name in the contributors list, alongside some great people. 🙂
Posted in photography, WEB / LINKS
Tagged club, drumzofthesouth, electronic, factmag, feature, fwd>>, London, music, nightlife, oral history, photography, plastic people
“Photographing the UK’s Free Party Raving Crew” on VICE.
Molly Macindoe shot the free party scene in the late 90’s and early 00’s. I love the images – they’re happy. They remind me of why I shoot music events and artists myself…the hope that people will look at them in the future and see a bit of history that may otherwise go unseen.
Special mention to the picture of Streatham Cinema, in 2001. I was well and truly working full time from a newspaper office around the corner at the time, just goes to show how things can pass by you by.
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Tagged article, Dance, history, molly macindoe, music, party, photography, rave, scene, vice
TLC are crowdfunding their next (and final) album and they’ve already smashed their target. A new TLC album is exciting news for most of the ladies and some of the blokes around the same age as me, as many of us know their 1994 album CrazySexyCool inside-out. Many of us can rap the entire Waterfall’s rap too (looking at you Clare C). Bette Midler didn’t try and attempt it on her recent cover of Waterfall’s though, which is the only thing that let it down.
Asides from the excitement of the actual album itself, it’s use of crowd-funding- is interesting, as it’s just one example of the new ways musicians are finding to make money (PJ Harvey’s current installation at Somerset House being another).
For me though, the most exciting thing about the new TLC album are the photograph’s on it’s Kickstarter page. Thirteen images, including Polaroid’s of T-Boz, Chilli and Left Eye back in the day, complete with captions, seemingly annotated by themselves. Here are three of my faves.
“By this time, all the photographers knew we liked fun shoots. It was so dope.” – TLC
“… I remember Lisa did the sign language, and we all chose to do something with our hands….” – TLC
And last but not least…
“We just got real creative with the burlap. None of us had any boobs so that was a serious little boob moment. We had a rope kind of thing to holding the burlap together, but that’s why we had our arms crossed.”