I have been researching African street style, particularly in Lagos, Akkra and Benin City. I absolutely love the style of the people in these photo’s, it’s so bold and confident. There are clearly modern, western influences, but in each you can still see a connection to tradition, whether that be a print or some jewellery.
I’m in London getting a little inspiration for my next project and i’ve just discovered how amazing Charlotte Street News is! Just an ordinary little newsagents who also happen to sell every beautiful publication you can imagine. I bought a copy of Current Obsession, which is all about contemporary art jewellery. I just wish I had more money to spend in there!
One of the best things about the doing my project looking at Lovers Padlocks has been reading the responses from the visitors on the flat pack padlocks at the exhibition. At the very beginning of the project I strung up signs along Pier Head in Liverpool where there are hundreds of padlocks, asking people to tell me why they were attaching their own. I have had no response up until now as I have just read this lovely email from a lady who has put up her own. It’s great to have a glimpse into back story of this tradition;
“I met my Partner Steve via the internet last October and on our first day out we went to Liverpool. We both originate from there but I lived in Wigan and he has moved between Skelmersdale and Liverpool at various times. We walked to the dock and wondered what the locks were all about! We read a lot of them and had a good laugh about some of them that had put combination locks on etc. There are also some sad ones too.
When we got home I googled it and then we said as some point we would put one on. In April this year I moved in with Steve and we put our own lock on and as we are frequent visitors to Liverpool, we often go to ‘OUR LOCK’, even though its rusted to hell but the sentiment is there. I have enclosed the before and after pictures! He took the padlock into work to engrave and tried to hide it from ‘The Lads’, who kept on asking ‘what are you doing?!”