Eagle-eyed visitors may have had their attention drawn to some new imagery on this blog, photos which not only demand the appropriate credits but also deserve raucous applause in my book.
The first, one I casually renamed as “Nutter” graces the homepage of the Thoroughly Good Blog. Taken by distant colleauge Lisa Singh (known on Flickr Leica), I selected this pic because the seaside clown-like gaudiness of the character pictured seemed to be both reassuring in its recollections of childhood whilst being really quite scary all at the same time. Even seemingly lovely things should have a dark undercurrent, it seems to me.
Second, a picture of a My Chemical Romance gig taken by an old school friend of mine Marcel Cook whose obvious skill with a digital SLR is not just something to admire but also something I’ve seen develop over time. The boy has a great eye. And there’s something ever so slightly appealing about deliberately going for an image to depict ‘arts, culture and entertainment‘ which isn’t the typical arts image too. Not only that, there’s something aspirational about the sight of the audience. Anyone with creative tendencies yearns to provoke an audience reaction like the one in Marcel’s picture.
The picture I’ve selected for the Eurovision category might at first seem a bit obscure. First up, it’s a composite of a fantastic shot of a knackered looking TV set published by Flickr user Brandon King (and used in accordance with the terms of the Creative Commons License).
The TV is vital to the Eurovision graphic because the Song Contest is rooted in the TV ‘experiments’ of the past, the programme being a mid-fifties product of advances in broadcast technologies and specifically relay networks further expanded by satellite link-ups. It also emphasises that the Song Contest itself isn’t primarily about music (as much as fans would like us all to believe), but more about the TV format itself. The musical ‘form’ which has emerged – the ‘Eurovision song’ – is as a result of TV. It is a product of the beguiling and seductive charms TV had on creatives of the 1950s.
The singer superimposed on Brandon’s image – Grethe Ingmann – is a nod to my all-time favourite Eurovision winner. Grethe sang Dansevise (accompanied by then husband Jorgen – they later divorced in 1975) for Denmark when the BBC staged the contest in it’s still shiny and new TV studios in White City, West London.