british-youth-culture

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Quadrophenia (1979) is not an adaptation of the ambitious concept-album by The Who. Rather, it’s a stand-alone social-drama/youth movie that allows itself to be freely inspired by its soundtrack. The film played a big part in the mod-revival of the late 1970s, showing all the stylish bits of what it must have meant to be Mod in the mid-1960s, with great eye for detail: slim fit suits and tennis polo’s, Vespa scooters and big parka jackets, loud British bands and amphetamines, rebellion and rioting – it’s all there, in a careful and stylized reconstruction. Director Franc Roddam also leans on elements from 1960s kitchen-sink realism, for a style that also has an eye for the darker sides of the working class youth culture - the alienation, the boredom, the search for a sense of belonging. This makes Quadrophenia a great and sophisticated youth movie about both adolescent anguish and cool.

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These photos are from a project I did based around British youth rave culture. I shot images of young people at a Jungle/Drum and Bass night in camden, capturing the atmosphere of the rave.

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Final images of ‘British Youth Culture’ as a series of illustrations. 

Overall I am pleased with my final set of illustrations, I have advanced from level 5 in terms of my composition, limitation of colour and my digital painting abilities. I really enjoyed just getting back to scratch and limiting myself to only using pencil to get my ideas down quickly and efficiently. This made the digital side of my work less of a hassle, as the foundations were already there, I just had to bring them alive with colour and small details that I could not achieve with traditional practice. I also found experimenting with light and shadow interesting and would like to develop this further into my future practice. This unit has made me realise that the marriage of traditional and digital work is the way forward for me and my illustrations.