Hackney Museum - Strike a pose
Portraits of a Hackney Photo studio

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Strike a pose documents the many faces of Hackney during the 1970s.
All the images in the exhibition have been sourced from Gibson’s photography studio on Lower Clapton Road who did many local weddings and photographed local scenes during the 50s/60s and 70s.

Gibson’s studio witnessed the transition of Hackney from a predominantly white district through to a broadly multicultural area across a 30 year period.
The collection of some 40,000 negatives were donated to the Hackney Archives having been acquired by photography enthusiast Kevin Danks.

The photos evoke a very strong sense of identity and time, documenting largely weddings but also job status and a period of great transition.
The text going alongside the exhibition discussed how many of the individuals in the photos would pose in work wear to attract their relatives back home (who would receive the photos as an update) to come to England to take up employment.

Many of these photos depict a time not long after the British government began recruiting foreigners from overseas due to a labour shortage.
The photos tie in well with my research, further establishing the fact that many areas of London have been broadly diverse for quite a significant period of time.

The museum is looking to identify many of the people in the photos. Please contact them if you think you see anyone you recognize.


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Today also marks the beginning of Pancha Ganapati, a five day Hindu December 21 through 25 in honor of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity who oversees the removal of obstacles.

Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

Pancha Ganapati

US (date unknown)


Master course student Toshadevi, her husband Fremont, daughter Lily and brother Vanore (behind the camera) celebrate Pancha Ganapati in their home in St. Lucia.

St Lucia (2009)


Pancha Ganapati Festival at Mauritius’ Spiritual Park

Mauritius (2008)


Bear in mind, however, that this is a recently invented festival with American roots, rather like Kwanzaa. (It’s even got colour codes for each of the days!) 

Wikipedia explains:

The festival was created in 1985 as a Hindu alternative to December holidays like Christmas by Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (born Robert Hansen), a Western convert to Hinduism who founded the magazine Hinduism Today and the Saiva Siddhanta Church, headquartered in Hawaii; the festival is uncommon among traditional South Asian Hindus.

Yep, that’s right. It’s invented by a white guy who wanted to help brown kids hold on to their culture. You see why I’m suspicious?

And while that “book” above has a lovely cover illustration, it’s not kid-friendly at all - it’s just a lecture for adults about why the festival was created and how to celebrate it instead of Christmas. Not much fun.

I do actually believe that Christmas has become secular enough for non-Christian families to celebrate it with impunity, and imposing an artificial festival on your kids to steer them away from mainstream joys feels narrow-minded and mean-spirited and all.

But as you can see, the festival is actually observed by some in faraway places like St Lucia and Mauritius. And who’s to say it doesn’t bring joy as well?

So go ahead and celebrate Pancha Ganapati if you want to. After all, Baby Ganesha looks hella cuter than Baby Jesus:

Shri Kailash Raj

Baby Ganesha in the Lap of Mother Parvati

India (contemporary)


And he does have kind of a bad-ass nativity. :)

Mocomi Kids

How Lord Ganesha got his Elephant Head

India (2012)

Changing your perspective is as simple as becoming lower.
This day make it a point to see life in another’s eyes for a moment.
It could just wreck your world in the best of ways.
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6 Selfies Tag

( I was tagged by the gorgeous mixxed-chickk 😍😁)

I’m guess it’s just 2014 in review…
It was kinda hell..but once you walk on fire, it makes you capable of going anywhere else.

I know I could’ve just done a regular selfie post..but I always do the most 😔😔 so I made a video (it’s long because I like the song)…also sorry for doing the tag so late from when you actually tagged me.

I tag dieu-le-veutt myrnakj86 tainyyy ragoesraaaawwwrrrr acelaces acharmingspell dahdangers theelittle-things saeda-s-daydreams shesabeautifuldisasterr

Song: Patrice Roberts - Push Up On It


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