SOLSTICE // by sophie green

‘Solstice’ is one of the oldest celebrations in the world, marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year and takes place twice each year at the prehistoric monument, Stonehenge, an icon of England where visitors from all over the world gather to witness and be part of an age-old ritual.

Since ancient times, people have celebrated the ‘Solstice’ and observed it with many different cultural and religious traditions. Druids, pagans, revellers and others descend on Stonehenge to watch the sunrise, pray, meditate and perform rituals through which they affirm their deep spiritual connection with nature, honour their Gods and celebrate the seasonal festivals of the turning year. Typically this following doesn’t have manmade places of worship, they believe that religious ceremonies are best conducted outdoors - in woods, caves, on hilltops or by the sea. Celebrations include meditation, chanting, music, prayer, dance, poetry reading, drama performances as well as the sharing of food and drink.

See the series on my website here.

 

COLLECTORS FOR PARTNERS MAGAZINE // by sophie green

I photographed collectors who participate in extreme collections in Tokyo for the first issue of the recently launched Japanese magazine 'Partners'.

Yomoko -
“Since I was very young I have always liked fancy things. My grandmother used to take me out and buy me all kinds of toys, she liked teddy bears and all cute things. It's
all her influence."

Shirutaro -
"
I like looking at the CD jacket and thinking ‘man, that’s cool’. It’s really my hobby. There’s something to be said for having something physical. It makes me feel good just knowing it’s there."
 

Yamada -
“I like to look at the patterns of stones
and their natural shapes. A lot of stones are homogeneous and aren’t very colorful but there are actually a surprising number in the world that have diverse colors and shapes. Stone collectors tend to be seen as freaks for doing something so useless, but it’s no different from the way people are drawn in by paintings or ceramics."
 

Wefts & Tracks published in The Financial Times Magazine // by sophie green

‘Wefts & Tracks’ is my latest on going personal project and was featured within an editorial for The Financial Times Weekend Magazine. I have been working with journalist, Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff to reflect the stories of the bubbling community of afro hair salons on Blenheim Grove, Peckham in South-East London, one of the capital’s most diverse communities where many of the salons have been thriving since the 1990s.

There is no getting away from the importance of hair - for centuries black women have been battling with the pressures of Eurocentric beauty standards, straightening and taming their hair in ways unknown to most white people. But the significance of the salons extends beyond beautification and a place to work; they act as impromptu community centres, babysitting venues and everything in between. Above all, they provide a sense of belonging at the centre of daily life. 

Friends pop in for cups of tea and coffee, salesmen display their wares to unimpressed laughter, and hairdressers bop to dancehall or languidly watch their favourite Nollywood dramas as they wait for clients, In some of the more informal premises babies crawl around the floor; voices are raised in languages and accents from all over Africa and the Caribbean and gestures replace speech as clients are moved from mirror-fronted styling chairs to washbasins where creamy white chemical straightener is rinsed out before it begins to burn, or newly plaited braids are dipped and sealed in steaming pots of boiling water.

Now a plan to relocate some of the salons in the name of regeneration is causing controversy…

See the online article here; https://www.ft.com/content/90c2e798-f305-11e6-8758-6876151821a6

London Art Fair // by sophie green

My series 'A Day At The Races' - a project which has taken me to car festivals and racetracks to document the maligned subculture of ‘boy racers’, has been selected as part of the Photo50 exhibit at London Art Fair which is running from the 18th-22nd January. Get down and see it. In the meantime thank you to The Guardian for featuring the work; https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/jan/17/local-customs-the-high-octane-world-of-boy-racers-in-pictures

Dented Pride // by sophie green

'Dented Pride' published by Ditto Press in collaboration with LAW Magazine, supported by Carhartt, is a limited edition of ten A2 high gloss prints, housed in a screen-printed metallic cover and vacuum sealed. Edition of 300, November 2016. From £25.00.