Few photographers can capture motors better than German photographer Frederic Schlosser. Here is a collection of photographs taken by Frederic for Porsche. This particular shoot according to Frederic – was one year in the planning and took eight hours to complete. The results are very impressive, and truly inspiring.
Photographs: Frederic Schlosser (c) 2013
A week after this girl was selected as Miss Ethnic she was attacked coming out of a building on Parnell Street. How could this happen? It happens because the Gardai are not vigorous in dealing with minor crime, and neither are the courts.
As New York and Los Angeles have shown, the Gardai need to relearn the nine principles which Robert Peel established when modern policing was born. If the Gardai, who know who these regular culprits are, and so do the courts – don’t prosecute them accordingly minor offenders feel emboldened and graduate to more serious crime.
Back in the day when I togged out for matches on the playing fields of Clongowes I never imagined the Rugby could become so glam. We used to call the girls from the private schools who followed us ‘Rugger Huggers’.
So you can imagine my amusement when I saw that the girls of Oxford University Women’s Rugby Club got their ‘kit’ off for a charity calendar!
I wonder what Sibs would say?
True Blues, perhaps! Anyway, you can buy the calendar here
The Professionals was one of those television programmes that just about everybody in Britain and Ireland watched on a Sunday evening back in the late 1970′s and early 80′s. It was fast – it was tough and it was masculine. And we loved it. Today, Lewis Collins who played Bodie passed away at the age of 67 from cancer at his home in Los Angeles. It’s hard to believe that it is more than thirty years since the last episode was filmed. Time moves so quickly.
Anyway, back in the day I was a budding ‘Bodie’ dreaming of shoot outs, good fights and fast girls….
Oh dear, one should be careful what they wish for when they’re ten! It might come true!
As it turned out I had a head of hair more like Bodie’s partner Ray Doyle (played by Martin Shaw) and …I still have!
Bodie was the former paratrooper who had served in the SAS, and being a young action man (at ten) I wanted to go into the army and do the same. I almost did.
Eight years later I got accepted into the Cadet School (Officer Training) but having spent six years in a boarding school – I didn’t wanted to spend another three or four years in a dorm, and anyway there were more girls at University!
So I didn’t grow up to be Bodie? But he certainly left a lasting impression… Here’s a style guide of Bodie back in the day, now where have I seen that white submarine sweater before….hmmmm?
Here is a great promotional video of Miss Ethnic produced by Marcin Gorski of Armadillo Studio
Here are some URBEX photographs from regular Funkshot contributor Kristina.
Of course…we love it!
Model- Jana Zelobajeva
MUA & Stylist- Lina Balt
Photographer – Kristina
Really, you have to admire the incredible hard work put in by Tomasz Bobowski, Kate Korzeka, Ifrah Ahmed, Camil, Kam and all the support team (sorry I know I’m forgetting all the names) into running the Miss Ethnic competition. The long hours, the sacrifices and the sheer gusto in bringing it all together – is worthy of enormous praise, and deservedly so. So here are just a couple of photographs from the very talented Remi Winiarski at Silver Merick Studio (thanks Remi) taken yesterday evening.
Photographer Remi Winiarski at Silver Merick Studio
18 months ago, while carrying out a research project on Employment Rights Law from the immigrants perspective, I decided to enlist the help of a documentary photographer to help me highlight those people who came from abroad to settle in Ireland. I wanted to examine the contribution they were making to our society and how important it is to promote and foster a climate where those people can develop and grow and most importantly fulfil their potential.
Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined back then, where this road would take me and I have to confess I am the richer for it. What started out with the provision of Free Employment Rights seminars has lead me into not only documenting the immigration experience, but also into realms of publishing, photography, production and design. I have had the opportunity to meet with and work alongside people with enormous vision, energy and creativity.
I never thought for one moment I’d end up as a judge on the Miss Ethnic beauty pageant? But yesterday evening there I was in William Norton House sitting on a panel as a participant observer in one of those events born out of the immigration experience and which adds value to our society both socially and culturally.
Miss Ethnic Ireland as you know from previous posts is a unique pageant which is organised by the United Youth of Ireland. Each year this event brings together young people from all over Ireland, many of whom are recent migrants. Miss Ethnic highlights gender based violence and harmful traditional practices especially Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in a non-threatening environment. Miss Ethnic Ireland pageants celebrate women of all sizes, shapes and cultures.
Miss Ethnic Ireland takes place every years in conjunction with a conference on the 25th of November, International Day Against Violence against Women. Previous events have combined speakers, live music, entertainment and fashion shows. Last evening’s event followed in the tradition of previous pageants being both colourful, social and good fun.
Since early September the girls participating in the event have worked incredibly hard along side a very talented team of organisers on everything from dance routines, to cat walks - presentation to broadcasting. I have witnessed shy young women who had never participated in an event such as this grow in both maturity and confidence while at the same time spreading the central message of the pageant to inform and educate others about the harmful effects of FGM and violence against women.
The winner of this years event and Miss Ethnic 2014 is Phokuhle Mafu from South Africa with the runner up being Galadrielle Heinrich from France. The very talented Paulina Kwas from Poland was selected to be the Miss Ethnic FGM Ambassador for 2014.
My sincere thanks to Remi Winiarski of Silver Merick Studios for the photographs of this year’s competition.
Now I have to admit, I like to see people take the initiative and have a go. Here is a behind-the-scenes video from Kristina’s latest photo shoot.
Producing any photo shoot is a big undertaking, and when someone really goes for it, they deserve the plaudits and the credit too.
Well done guys – we want more
Models- Sohaib Syed, Natalija Dolotova & Monica Tyburczy
MUA & Stylist- Lina Balt with Lina MUA
Photographer- Kristina Sandaraite
Lighting set up & Assistant Photographer- Roberto Forte with Roberto Forte Photography
Cars- Larry Lynch & Joe Lynch — with Monica Tyburczy
This evening I had the great pleasure of attending the launch of Whistleblower, Soldier, Spy the latest book by my good friend and colleague Tom Clonan. The book was launched by Fintan O’Toole of The Irish Times at Hodges Figgis on Dawson Street.
For more on Whistleblower, Soldier, Spy – please visit Baggotonia.
Next Sunday, 24th November at 5pm – the Miss Ethnic beauty pageant is taking place at the Communication Workers Union, William Norton House, North Circular Road, Dublin. Miss Ethnic is not your typical pageant, actually it is quite unique in so far that it promotes awareness of ethnic diversity but also awareness about Female Genital Mutilation.
The event is now in it’s 5th year, and is the brainchild of the very charismatic Ifrah Ahmed who more than anyone has campaigned tirelessly to promote awareness of FGM. The pageant coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
24 hours is not long to spend in Paris, but it was a very pleasant trip. One of the surprising highlights of the visit was to see the windows of the Galleries Lafayette – check out the video footage.
It was like a trip down memory lane as I recalled the incredible Christmas window displays that once fronted Switzers of Grafton Street, Dublin. Brown Thomas acquired Switzers in 1990 and in 1995 moved into the Switzer’s building. Within a couple of years the once famous Christmas window displays disappeared to be replaced with contemporary BT fashion displays with a seasonal theme.
One of the great treasures of my childhood was gone…until I saw the windows at the Galleries Lafayette and I have to confess I had a very big smile on my face.
We don’t need to tell you. We don’t need to ask. You already know. You know what to do. Give a little – Save a lot.
Remember, in different circumstances it could be you and your loved ones.
With such tragedy affecting the Philippines at the moment following the widespread destruction and loss of life caused by Typhoon Haiyan, our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones in the last few days. The Philippines is a very beautiful country with warm and hospitable people so we send our dearest wishes:
Maging ligtas Philippines.
On the subject of the Philippines, I might mention a very talented artist by the name of Idris Vicuña alias Eyedress who is from Manilla. Nature Trips – his lead track from his forthcoming debut album Supernatural is well worth a listen, but also check out the eerie video, which had we discovered a couple of weeks ago (Halloween) we would certainly featured it. Almost in the tradition of the great garage bands of old, Eyedress seems to have recorded his music initially in his own bedroom on a laptop. That said, it has a raw futuristic feel and the video….scary but brilliant.
We don’t nearly know enough about Eyedress yet, but with time I guess he is on the way to being very big.
We like to keep an eye on trends and popular culture, but more importantly we pay closer attention to the counterculture which is far cooler. The problem with popular culture, is more often than not, the people who follow it slavishly just aren’t cool. Actually, we refer to them as ……….
At Funkshot we draw inspiration from everywhere we can: from the web, the street, from magazines, word of mouth, from film and television. But above all we love to experiment.
A few weeks ago there was an excellent series of films made for BBC Four entitled Modern Outlaws. To say they are brilliantly made, is an understatement – they were fascinating. Over three nights, Storyville (BBC series) ran the films:
- Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer - tells the compelling story of how a group of young, feminist punk rockers known as Pussy Riot captured the world’s attention by protesting against Putin’s Russia.
- Smash & Grab – The Story of the Pink Panthers: Thrilling heist documentary about the world’s most notorious gang of diamond thieves, featuring exclusive and unprecedented interviews with the Pink Panther members for the first time on television.
- The Great Hip Hop Hoax - Foul-mouthed Californian hip hop duo Silibil n’ Brains were going to be massive. But no-one knew the pair were really amiable Scotsmen, with fake American accents and made up identities.
Around the time Storyville was running, we had been toying with the Apple concept of Think Different: The Crazy Ones and how we could relate to those inspirational characters who do things differently and think outside the box: from culture, art, music, society, literature and beyond. We also wanted to find new pioneers, trendsetters, iconoclasts with new ways of thinking and new ideas.
And so Storyville helped us to define our new season concept Rebel Aristocrats – those modern rebels outside the mainstream, who exist on the fringes and defy conventional thinking and trends.
The word aristocracy is derived from the Greek word ἀριστοκρατία a term given to young men who led armies from the front – namely the vanguard. Rebel has many meanings, but as a term of art it denotes someone who resists control, authority or convention.
So really our Rebel Aristocrats are the avant-garde. The term avant-garde refers to a pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the cultural realm.
With a new season and a new periodical Baggotonia, we decided to create one overriding theme and then role out three sub themes dealing with: subculture, metropolitan life and urban exploration and build up from there. Over the next couple of months you’ll see us develop those concepts across several platforms: photo shoots, articles, interviews, films, music and anything else we develop in our studio.
Naturally we have borrowed some ideas from the past, paying tribute to modernist concepts in grounding our new campaign – remembering that traditional rhyme ’Something old, something new, something borrowed – something blue‘
As we have noted before, those Poles have style and they are not afraid to show it. But what I really like about the Poles I have met and worked with is that they have a reputation for getting things done and doing it well! Moreover, they have been great supporters of Funkshot.
Here is an editorial photo shoot from a very talented Polish photographer Alexandra Zabrowska entitled Dichotomic. The series has a sense of the Fritz Lang’s 1928 classic Metropolis about it; using an amazing combination of geometric, metallic and sculptural accessories that are bold and unique in their aesthetic.
Photographer: Alexandra Zabrowska.
Model: Zuzanna Kołodziejczyk.
Stylist: Wojciech Szymański
Dichotomic by Alexandra Zabrowska (c) 2013
We’re off to Paris next Friday on Business as we gear up for some major changes to this site as well as planning some very exciting projects. But we won’t be in the City of Lights for too long as other commitments mean we have to be back in Dublin. Next month, we will be heading for Berlin too – again relating to projects coming to Funkshot and Baggotonia in the new year. We live an exciting life here at Funkshot…sometimes?
Remember Remember – The 5th of November…
The famous rhyme commemorating The Gunpowder Treason Plot of 1605 has in recent years been acquired by Anonymous as a mantra for standing up to authoritarianism. We can thank the film V is Vendetta for playing its part in popularising one of history’s most famous incidents. Of course the 5th of November is known in Britain as Guy Fawkes Night, although historians know that Guido (his real name as opposed to Guy) Fawkes was not the leading conspirator in The Gunpowder Treason Plot, that role belonged to the charismatic Robin Catesby – one of the original Rebel Aristocrats, but not the first by any means.
At Funkshot, we love a bit of rebel – the kind of person who does their own thing, who doesn’t follow the herd, who doesn’t passively follow trends. Rather we are enamoured by those who take the lead, sail against the wind – who stand up to be counted even when they have much to lose. History has given us many rebel aristocrats, scions of the establishment who break with convention and do something different.
This season we are celebrating The Rebel Aristocrat as our theme for winter 2013. In conjunction with our periodical Baggotonia we are commissioning new articles, interviews and indeed photo shoots to highlight those modern rebels who make a difference. We have recently published the first two ‘looks’ that fit into our Rebel Aristocrat series : The Baggotonian and Café Racer. Today we are publishing our third look of the season – Urban Explorer. For this look, we have gone to the German fashion houses for inspiration, and also drawn on the classic Royal Navy Submariner uniform.
I suppose you could say on this 5th day of November we have shown our rebel colours.
Brown Stepp Jacket - Bugatti
Wool Scarf – Bugatti
Brown Boots with fur / fleece trim – Bugatti
Socks – Falke
Submariner Sweater – Hugo Boss
Jeans – Joop
For more background on The Urban Explorer please check out our earlier article on Urbex Photography
The Beta version of Baggotonia has now been published online and you can find it here. We’re still in the test phase and there are still a few bugs to fix, as well as several articles to include. We have to confess, to being a little behind schedule in publishing our new periodical which we had hoped to go online last Thursday 31st October.
Baggotonia as we have mentioned before is not designed to replace Funkshot, but to supplement it with more in-depth analysis and content. We will be adding more features in the coming weeks, such as interviews and photo shoots which we are currently planning. We also hope to start recruiting new writers who will provide an alternative viewpoint and give Baggotonia the direction we are looking for.
Remember if you are interested in writing for us, or indeed if you would like us to publish your work – please feel free to send an email to Mrs Katherine Swinford, Editor of Funkshot / Baggotonia at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are particularly interested in hearing from new writers and visual artists, but we are also interested in receiving reviews and items of news relating to the visual and performing arts.
Our first edition of Baggotonia has some very interesting articles including an in depth look at the Café Racer culture of the 1950′s and 60′s and how it is inspiring current trends in fashion this season. We have also published the full collection of photographs from our recent photo shoot The Parcae which can be found in our new gallery section, together with an article providing some conceptual background to the shoot itself.
Just a note, this Beta edition of Baggotonia is a work in progress as we fine tune our new periodical over the next couple of weeks to reach the high standard we have set for ourselves to deliver a publication that is interesting, original and above all entertaining.
Mrs Katherine Swinford
Funkshot / Baggotonia
A new and very cool trend is known as a FedEx day, when a design or product team is given 24 hours to work on anything they like and deliver it in 24 hours.
Over the last fifteen years I have been collaborating on a series of creative projects with a genius. I have to say genius is an understatement, a Master is probably more appropriate! His name is Mircea Dragoi, a Romanian designer extraordinaire from TG Mures.
Our earliest collaboration was in website design back in the 1990s at the dawn of the dot.com age and this was elevated to corporate design and brand management. Our last great collaboration together was on the Lisbon 2 campaign for the Liberal Society when we changed the nature of political campaign design and presentation elevating it to a level which had not been seen before or since. Indeed it was truly the first comprehensive political campaign in Ireland that utilised social media and traditional campaign methodology.
Here’s an example – Back in 2010 Mircea designed the poster for The Liberal Society Debate in Thomas Prior Hall, Ballsbridge. Mircea got a brief from me to replicate the Obama in Berlin poster and give it Liberal stamp. Well you can see the results for yourself.
Above is a video of Mircea during his FedEx day for Lateral, the Romanian based International design consultancy. Mircea hasn’t been involved in Funkshot or Baggotonia to date, but you can see his design influence all over our site. Thankfully we have picked up a few lessons from the master himself and have put them into practice. In my personal opinion, he ranks alongside Jonathan Ive of Apple as the best designer of his generation. Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean.
The following is an abstract from a review on the Rufus Norris production of Cabaret which is having a short run at The Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. The full review together with a detailed article on the Berlin Cabaret scene of the late 1920′s and 30′s will appear in our online periodical Baggotonia.
Dublin – November 2013.
We’ve made no secret that for a long time we wanted to do a Cabaret inspired photo shoot on Funkshot. The image of Sally Bowles singing in the Kit Kat club is iconic in popular culture. As part of our research for such a photo shoot, we went along to watch Rufus Norris acclaimed production of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret at the Gaiety Theatre where it is playing for a very short run. It stars Will Young as Emcee, Siobhan Dillon as Sally Bowles and Lyn Paul (of The New Seekers) as Fraulein Schneider.
Cabaret is set in Berlin in 1931 – a raucous place where anything goes, but with a sense of impending doom. Two years later Hitler was elected Reich’s Chancellor, and closed all the night clubs, so 1931 really was the last frolic of a decadent city. The English Sally and the American Clifford Bradshaw fall in love (sort of). She becomes pregnant, he begs her to come back to Pennsylvania and live with him and bring up the child – no matter that the child may not be his; and she goes quietly, without telling him, to the back street abortionist whom all the girls use.
At the centre of the show is the MC in the seedy nightclub where Sally sings, who knits the action together and gets some of the best songs. The Noris version of Cabaret is quite political, as it should be – the final scene depicts the inside of a concentration camp death chamber, with the cast entirely nude and facing the wall, a chilling and metaphorical reminder of the fate meted out to those who dared to satirise the Nazis.
Photographer – Joseph Carr
Assistant Photographer – Caroline McNally
Makeup Artist – Rachel Wyse
Stylist – Monica Mannzi
Models – Monica Manzzi, Julija Vavilova, Anonymous.
Location – The Tailor’s Guild Hall, Dublin.
Special thanks to Mr James Nix, Director of An Taisce and all his staff for supporting our photo shoot. We strongly recommend if you haven’t done so already to become a member of An Taisce. You can get further information about membership here.
“Parcae” is the third instalment in our Autumn series of photo shoots entitled Fidelio, and perhaps the most daring one to date.
A further more detailed gallery together with a more in-depth analysis of the photo shoot will appear in the forthcoming edition of Baggotonia which will be published later this week.
Here are some of the highlights.
Our second look of the season is The Café Racer a tribute to the 59 Club and Tonne Up Bike culture. This is very much the weekend style for the action oriented man. There is a definite touch of the home counties here with the classic / vintage racer in mind as he takes to the road on the weekend in pursuit of speed and freedom.
A more detailed article on The Café Racer will appear in our new periodical Baggotonia later this week.
Black Roadmaster Jacket – Belstaff
Blackrod Denim Jeans – Belstaff
Navy Motorcycle T-shirt – Triumph
White Silk / Cashmere Scarf – Forzeiri
Button-down pullover – Gucci
Black Biker Boots – Belstaff
Gunmetal Sunglasses – Ray-Ban
In advance of the launch of our new periodical, we decided to craft together two new looks for Autumn / Winter. The first is appropriately named The Baggotonian for the sophisticated urban man on the move with a sense comfort, elegance and style. Here we are emphasising the classics for the well dressed man at ease with himself.
Black Single Breast Cashmere overcoat – Tiger of Sweden
Cashmere V-Neck Sweater – John Smedley
Black Ankle Boots – The Kooples
White Silk / Cotton Shirt – Brioni
Black Leather Calfskin Gloves – Dunhill
Cashmere Knee Length Black Socks – Bresciani
Blackrod Denim Jeans – Belstaff
Black Leather Case – Marc Jacobs
Racing Green and Navy Scarf – Balmain
The following is an abstract from forthcoming article ‘A New York State of Mind’ which will be appearing in the first edition of Baggotonia publishing later this week. Baggotonia is a Funkshot publication – ‘All Rights Reserved’ (c) 2013
A New York State of Mind – The Alternative influences of Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground
Tendencies and influences are two words we inherently associate with music. Sophisticated taste in music has always been a defining attribute of being Irish. Back in the 1980′s it seemed that the only thing going on Dublin was the thriving music scene. It was the benchmark by which you not merely defined yourself but also others. Not surprisingly, Roddy Doyle’s book The Commitments and the subsequent film by Alan Parker captured the essence of a city down on its luck but still had a soul.
Back in October 1989, when I was 18 years of age I read a small review in Q magazine of a compilation album which had just been released, entitled The Best of The Velvet Underground: Words and Music of Lou Reed. It was one of those small columns that you could easily ignore, and I am so glad I didn’t for the next day my 18th birthday I went into the Virgin Megastore on Burgh Quay and bought a copy.
Dublin in the 1980′s was a dump. The long recession of that decade had grinded the city down, and everywhere there was vacant lots, graffiti inscribed boarding and dilapidation. A few years earlier crime had skyrocketed thanks to a heroine epidemic sweeping through the suburbs and into the crumbling edifice of a city where hope had long since departed. In many ways, Dublin resembled New York of the late 1970′s and 80′s albeit with a smaller homicide rate.
There was a sense of menace in the air, frustration, helplessness; the wrong look at the wrong person and there was a real chance you’d get your head kicked in. But despite all that there was a vibrant music scene, with experimental bands in the underground clubs and basements from the old Templebar (before the tack) and in the environs of Grafton Street.
I had never heard of The Velvet Underground before, and it seems I wasn’t alone as most people of my age group had never heard of them either. We’d all heard of Lou Reed of course, he had supported U2 in their Josua Tree concert in Croke Park two years earlier and every one knew the words to Walk on the Wild Side from his second solo album Transformer. But The Velvet Underground? Almost no one had heard of them back then.
For a full version of this article log onto Baggotonia.com