Portraits of aging British informals and rebels
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London-based photographer Moore Vidler has captured British aging non-conformists: mods and rockers, a fire-spitting circus performer and even Elvis Presley's Chinese counterpart.
Vidler says the project began when he met 60-year-old Adrian Delgof at a London club, who was dancing there alone, dressed in leather pants.
“I thought that this man is older than my father and it’s great that he is now at the club, and not at home in front of the TV, strewn with cookie crumbs,” says the photographer. The first portrait in the series was made at the man's home.
“I started shooting older people who make this world more fun and better - people who never grow old!” Vidler says.
(Total 11 photos)
Mick and Peggy Warner. "Met them at an old rock 'n' roll club."
Mods are members of The Odd Modd Squad. “Every few years the world talks about the revival of mod culture. It doesn’t mean anything to us, we didn’t disappear anywhere,” says one of them.
Danny Lynch is an old circus performer. Lives near Manchester with his wife and dog. They can be seen in the photo - the wife is coming to make tea for us.
Isobel Varley is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "oldest woman with the most tattoos". She died in May 2015.
John Byrne has been a skinhead since 1969 when he was 13 years old. He is famous among skins all over the world. He is a photographer and owner of an excellent archive of photographs of skinheads - in particular, gay skinheads. He was the first openly homosexual skinhead. Byrne's name is mentioned in almost all texts about the history of this subculture.
Sid Ellis is "top" in the terminology of BDSM adherents, he has several slaves. “In my spare time I go to fetish clubs or crochet.” The portrait was taken in his garden.
Ray Cook and Steve Howard photographed on Brighton Beach. Ray has been a mod since he was a teenager and is now a member of The Odd Mod Squad.
Ruarid Clark is a member of the Freedom to Be Yourself Campaign, which advocates for the right of citizens to be naked in public.
Adrian Delgof. “I thought this man was older than my father and it’s great that he is now at the club in leather pants, and not at home in front of the TV, strewn with cookie crumbs.”
Frankie "Knuckles" Lacey, tour manager for the Original Comets.
Paul "Elvis" Chan is the former owner of the Chinese restaurant Gracelands Palace, "London's Las Vegas". He performed almost every night and was a wild success. Now Paul is retired and the restaurant is closed.
Keywords: BDSM | Rebels | Informals | Nudists | Fire | Portraits | Rock and roll | Skinheads | Old people | Tattoos | Circus performers | Emotions
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