"Saturday Girl is a series of portraits of young women in Leeds; specifically as seen through their hairstyles.
It is an exploration of what hair means culturally and personally to young women and how they experience and use the power inherent in becoming visible as women.
All of the photographs are taken on Saturday afternoons in a pop up studio in the Leeds, and on Saturdays this city brims with young women, out with girlfriends, shopping and generally hanging around looking and being looked at.
These girls are experimenting with fantastically creative ways of expressing themselves. We have always dyed and cut, sprayed and shaved; as a way of stating individuality and belonging to a tribe. All this big hair also reflects past trends in hair fashion, passed down to them intuitively through culture.
Saturday Girl is an exhibition and series of events including film screenings, talks and performances which explore ideas of beauty, power and visibility in relation to women, Leeds Gallery, March 2014.” -Artist Statement
Could have used this reminder BEFORE I ended up with an unsolicited “Hello, beautiful” in the grocery store parking lot today.
ICYMI: This hashtag is in response to the common statement that “Not All Men ________ (fill-in-the-blank) when conversations about misogyny happen.
Three weeks ago 234 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted from a boarding school by armed militants suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist group. Some have escaped, but 180 remain lost.
Considered the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States the Taos Pueblo, just north of the Town of Taos in northern New Mexico, has existed for around 1000 years.
The Pueblo is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is probably best known from the work of Georgia O’Keeffe, and from Ansel Adams’s first book, Taos Pueblo, which was published in 1930.
One of more iconic images from Adam’s time there is of the second San Geronimo church. The original church was built around 1619 by Spanish missionaries (with Indian labor), in their effort to spread Catholicism and bring what they considered civilized behavior to Spain’s new frontier.
Spanish control lasted until the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, instigated by Pueblo religious leader Popé and headquartered at the Taos Pueblo. Popé brought together 46 Pueblos in a unified revolt that pushed the Spanish south toward Mexico for several decades.
In 1706, after the eventual re-conquest by the Spanish, the church was rebuilt.
Nearly 150 years later, during the Mexican-American war (1846-1848), Taos trader Charles Bent was appointed the first civilian Governor of the newly won New Mexico territory. He held the position for nearly four months until he was shot, scalped alive and then murdered during the Taos Revolt of 1847.
In retaliation for the killing of Bent, the U.S. Army was sent in to apprehend those responsible, several of whom were Taos Pueblo leaders. They were quickly rounded up and hung in the town plaza. The Army also destroyed the church, leaving only the bell tower standing. That ruin still stands and became a cemetery.
The second San Geronimo church, of Adams fame, was built in 1850 and still stands on the Plaza.