Ed Thompson

Published on 07/08/11


© Ed Thompson

In Lon­don, Eng­land there is a vibrant under­ground retro-social scene, its mem­bers come from all walks of life, many of them always liv­ing the vin­tage life­style. They meet at vari­ous gath­er­ings, from swing dances to gentlemen’s clubs, from vin­tage car racing events to bur­lesque shows.
They wear attire suit­able not only to the period but to the event itself, din­ner jack­ets and even­ing dresses one night, morn­ing suits and sum­mer skirts the next. Hark­en­ing back to a time when the Brit­ish were more David Niven than David Beck­ham, more Lady than Gaga, and more Chap than Chav. Pho­to­grapher Ed Thompson spent four months liv­ing as a retro-socialiser in Lon­don, he traded in his jeans for slacks, his hoodie for a sleeve­less tank-top jumper and his west­ern belt buckle for a good pair of braces.  Shot on medium format film the work styl­ist­ic­ally reflects the era that the retro-socialisers inhabit and is a cel­eb­ra­tion of the Great Brit­ish eccentrics.


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