Carmen Dell'Orefice and two other models, posed around piano, wearing evening gowns and diamond jewelry, Vogue 1947. Photograph by John Rawlings.

“I’ve always considered myself a silent actress. The story line is what a photograph is all about,” Dell’Orefice once told Vogue. Dell’Orefice grew up in Vogue, first appearing in its pages in 1946. Then a dark-haired teenager with the deeply lidded eyes you might see in a Renaissance painting and defined brows.


My last post only related to the commercial context of this novel in relation to it’s aesthetic, when in actuality there are a few more relevant strands in terms of my research. By looking at Rawle’s treatment from an archival/ documentation capacity the level at which the original purpose of the adverts have been subverted is astounding. What is even more compelling is the fact that despite this subversion a distinct tone which resonates with their time of publication is still evident. 

In terms of an independent history, it is possible to see, especially in this extreme, how the context at which isolated documents are taken can be manipulated. In terms of authenticity, how can we actually ever measure it? In Woman’s World the words and physical printed form are in themselves authentic, but the narrative is arguably not. Furthermore, as the language and intention of the adverts shaped and informed the author’s plot, to what level are the original intentions subverting the story? 

These are all questions which I cannot answer, but are nevertheless intriguing. Rawle has created a fascinating critique within his novel, which not only questions the society of the time AND it’s contemporary counterpart, but brings about a wider analysis of the way we treat our ‘authentic’ knowledge.


On this day in music history: July 24, 1976 - “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” by Lou Rawls hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 1 week on July 31, 1976, peaking at #4 on the Club Play chart on July 17, 1976, and peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 on September 4, 1976. Written and produced by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, it is second chart topping single for the soul singer from Chicago, IL. Having replaced R&B and pop vocal icon Sam Cooke in the legendary gospel vocal group The Soul Stirrers in the 50’s, to scoring a long string of jazz and R&B hits for Capitol Records in the 60’s, Lou Rawls continues to have hits into the early 70’s when he signs with MGM Records, and hitting pay dirt with the Grammy winning classic “A Natural Man”. Then Rawls hits a dry period in his career after 1971. Rawls leaves MGM for Bell Records, then Arista but is unable to regain his hit making stride. In 1975, he is playing a gig opening for The O'Jays, when they suggest that he get in touch with their producer and songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the founders of CBS distributed label Philadelphia International Records. Friendly with Rawls since the late 60’s when they were beginning their rise to stardom in the music business, the pair not only offer to sign the veteran singer, but vow to put him back on the charts in a major way. Gamble and Huff go back to Philadelphia and write “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine”, which is inspired by Gamble going through a divorce from his wife, singer Dee Dee Sharp. Tailor made for Rawls smooth vocal style, Gamble and Huff summon him to Philly to put his vocals on the track. Released as the first single from “All Things In Time” in April of 1976, it hits immediately. A multi-format smash, “You’ll Never Find” hits the R&B, pop, AC, and Disco charts all at the same time, giving the singer his biggest hit in five years and reigniting his recording career. “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.


Accra, Ghana - June 2016

Part I

(My first trip to western Africa!)

June 27 - Makola Market

With the help of friends, I made sure to visit some local markets. My favorite one though was Makola market. The market itself is a testament of the capitol city. It allowed me to discover the beautiful artistry and craftsmanship in the products on sale, and learn about the area’s culture and traditions. Like many other African markets, anything and everything was available at Makola. 


Makola Market was constructed in Accra in 1924 and stood at the heart of the urban Ghanaian life. The market was the main wholesale and retail marketplace in Accra, the epicenter of trade in the country and one of the nation’s most important social and cultural institutions.

On the 18th of August 1979, 55 years after its creation, Makola Market was destroyed. The Rawlings’s government that agreed on the demolition of the centre of trade in Ghana thought that devastating Makola would improve the economy. Indeed, there were accusations that various products considered banned in Ghana were being sold in the Makola Market. In this way, the market women were accused for Ghana’s economic problems.

Makola Market is currently under the observation of Transaid which is developing a project Transport and Trade for Market Women which is designed to improve the livelihoods and security of female market traders through the development of Women’s Transports Co-operatives in Accra.


Makola is place of enjoyment. If you follow our snap, you saw I posted literally one snap, even though I spent about 2hrs there. I would not recommend bringing a camera. Bring cash, comfortable shoes & your bargaining skills only. Also, the same advice I share with everyone: ask permission before taking photos. This goes beyond taking photos of people. Even something minor as taking a photo of fruits in someone’s shop, ASK! 

The market is very large but also very crowded. Even though it’s outside in an open area, If huge crowds or tight spaces are not your thing, I would not recommend it. 

Photo info:

1. Various beans and corn

2.  Ethan Zuckerman - inside a dried veggies shop

3.  Adam Cohn - Shoe Store 

Shoes rinsed off and dried in the sun. Customers would point at the ones they wanted and a man with a long stick would hook the pair and swing them over to the customer.

4-5: Traditional glass beads of Ghana are often referred to as Krobo beads, the Krobo mountains being the main area of production. These beads are made from recycled glass. Bottles and other glass items are first washed and sorted by colours. They are then broken into small fragments for making translucent beads, or pounded with a metal mortar and pestle, and sieved to get a very fine powder for making powder glass beads. Glass powder of different colours is obtained using ceramic dyes.

6.  Lee D. Baker - Kente being woven 

The kente cloth is woven on a narrow horizontal wood structure called a loom. A heddle is an integral part of a loom. Each thread in the warp passes through a heddle, which is used to separate the warp threads for the passage of the weft. The typical heddle is made of cord or wire, and is suspended on a shaft of a loom. Each heddle has an eye in the center where the warp is threaded through. As there is one heddle for each thread of the warp, there can be near a thousand heddles used for fine or wide warps. A handwoven tea-towel will generally have between 300 and 400 warp threads, and thus use that many heddles.

The Yearling. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Illustrations by Edward Shenton. New York: Scribner’s, 1938. First trade edition of Rawlings’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Original dust jacket.

“You’ve seed how things goes in the world o’ men. You’ve knowed men to be low-down and mean. You’ve seed ol’ Death at his tricks…Ever’ man wants life to be a fine thing, and a easy. ‘Tis fine, boy, powerful fine, but 'tain’t easy.”


Clean Bandit performs Tears @ Coca-Cola Summer Festival (June 2016)


John Rawls–Modern Political Philosophy–Lecture 1 (audio only)


Clean Bandit @ Campus Fesztivál, Debrecen: In which Elisabeth represents us all (July 2016)