‘The Groupies’ by Baron Wolman

Groupies, the original fangirls – dedicated and devoted to rock stars. In the 60’s rock photography legend & chief photographer at Rolling Stone magazine, Baron Wolman photographed these obsessed young girls who were willing to dedicate their lives to getting the attention of rock stars. Wolman gave the followers a change of authority and take centre stage in their own right. Wolman believed that groupies deserved a place on the cover of Rolling Stone just as much as the rockers they loved.

Today groupies have almost levelled up to become the fangirl – to debate which is healthier or more dedicated would be a pointless exercise, the digital age now allows fans to build a fantasy relationship with their idols from the other side of the world, whereas before, groupies would have to follow the band from city to city in order to be a true fan, rather than just on twitter. The prior method meant devotion was built on “real” interaction but a place to call home and often morals were compromised. It would be interesting to consider how technology and digital culture has fed the culture of groupies and transformed them into something completely new.

See the full series here.

Ken Rosenthal

As i was aimlessly browsing through photographers work i came across Ken Rosenthals, and found myself sitting a staring for a moment, and then just thinking wow. His work is unconventional in terms of a beautiful image, but i think it makes them ever the more so.

His collection “seen and not seen” explores how photographs can create false memories, mostly through stories we were told by people who were there, we see the image and create false recollections which are often vivid. The images are family photos, most very intimate, but can apply to many families.

you can see the rest of the collection here

The collection “A dream half remembered” looks at aspects of Rosenthal’s dreams that are remembered when consciousness, they might not make sense but for some reason are still there. Rosenthal is obviously very interested in the links between photography, memory and the mind.

The technique he uses relates directly to his themes, a sense of vague recollection is created via the out of focus foggy images.