Author Archives: Roland_Keates

Bikini through the ages

Bikini’s through the ages

Elegant, sophisticated and genuinely exotic, the bikini has been around for centuries, evolving rapidly over time to become what we know it as today. And while the signature two-piece swimwear is now available in a variety of shapes, sizes, aesthetics and through an abundant number of tailored designs, it wasn’t always this way! Read more

Stones and Warhol

Stones and Warhol

(The Rolling Stones and Andy Warhol 1975)

It was spring of 1975, and the Rolling Stones were gearing up for their epic tour of the Americas which they would later kick off  in NYC by performing “Brown Sugar” on the back of a flatbed truck driving down 5th Ave. Looking for a place to rest up, rehearse for the tour, and work on songs for their upcoming album, Black and Blue, the boys rented Andy Warhol’s pad (for 5k a month).

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Jun Abe photographer

Street Photographer Jun Abe visits Manila, Philippines 1980’s

Manila, Philippines. August, 1983. Then President Ferdinand Marcos just lifted Martial Law a few years prior but still hold absolute power over the Philippines. The country was in a state of constant flux due to President’s’ aggressive development plans under his dictatorship. This dictatorship was met with heavy opposition from his political rivals. Most notable is Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. It is in this month that Ninoy was shot dead in the then called Manila International Airport. With political turmoil and social instability plaguing the country, it was in this period when Jun Abe, armed with his camera, photographed the city of Manila. Read more

Hugo Jaeger

Hugo Jaeger is the former personal photographer of Adolf Hitler. He travelled with Hitler in the years leading up to and throughout World War II and took around 2,000 colour photographs of the Austrian-born German politician. Jaeger was one of the few photographers who were using color photography techniques at the time.

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Christmas with Nazis

German, like many other countries the majority of the population are Christians, Christmas in the eyes of the German people is very important holiday. With Nazi Germany at the helm, in order to get popular support, often presented with Christmas-related activities.  Read more


Adolf Hitler

After visited Winston Churchill home and writing a blog on the Iconic photograph of  Winston Churchill I decided to delve into the photographs taken of Hitler. I know many people might not like the content of this particular post, yet, are all the photographs of Hitler taken for propaganda stunts?

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Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman, is a type of photographer who tries to reinvent herself by pulling away from the heard of photographers out there and trying new and different styles.

Viewing Cindy Sherman set of photographs entitled ‘film stills’ , the casual viewer may think they were photographed on a movie set which the leading lady presents herself in the guise of various serotypes of femininity innocent, downtrodden, and the glamorous, yet Sherman took these photographs just purely as an experiment at the start and built up a collection of 69 images. The viewer’s relationship to Sherman could be seen as one of photography and film, combining different mediums to market a saleable product. Her ability to perfectly represent these incompatible qualities and stimulate discussion from all walks of life in a single photographic image.

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Kodak Brownie six-20

My friend recently visited a car boot sale and purchased a camera for a couple of pounds, and  handed it to me for my collection of vintage camera’s.

I was delighted to receive the camera and I began to explain to him, about the history of the Box Brownie. The Kodak Brownie six-20 was originally made in the UK, and was introduced to the market in 1937. Kodak made the unit for three years before discontinuing it in 1940. It has a meniscus lens and used 620 rollfilm, creating  2.25-inch by  3.25-inch photos. A grained leatherette covering and a folding frame finder makes the camera convenient to transport. The shutter was a Kodette II model, rather than the “T” setting, this shutter has a “B” setting for “brief time exposure.” With the “B” setting, the user has to approximate the amount of time it takes for enough light to enter the camera to make the perfect photograph. Read more



We either love or hate clowns, what is it about clowns we fear? Can you remember the serial killer John Wayne Gacy, aka Pogo The Clown, who raped and murdered at least 33 people, the world of the clown is not been the same since. John Wayne Gacy was inspired by Stephen King Monster Clown Pennywise, from the film “IT” Read more

Antonio Berni

It would have been Antonio Berni Birthday if he had survived 20 more years, he was an Argentinian figurative artist. He is associated with the movement known as Nuevo Realismo, a Latin American extension of social realism and recently Armed Robbers Stole 15 Paintings Made by Antonio Berni in Buenos Aires.

Armed robbers, disguised as policemen stole, 15 paintings made by Argentinean artist Antonio Berni. The paintings have been valued at $2.2 million The news was reported by newspaper La Nacion which said that the robbery happened when a truck was transporting 17 paintings. The truck was detained by two people who simulated being policemen.

The newspaper added that very few people knew that the paintings would be transported. The paintings were made between 1934 and 1981 and they were being moved from the outskirts of Buenos Aires to the city center. Friday, May 15, 2015

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