DUNCAN JAMES - MAD MODS AND A CAMERA
I caught up with Suit Yourself Modernists, and had a chat about how I got into Photography, and where Mad Mods and a Camera came from.
Take a peak and read about how it all came to be, and some of the stories I've picked up along the way.
So, what's Mad Mods And A Camera?
A journey – An amazing journey that started with a brief conversation outside a café in Enfield, North London. A journey that’s taken me on Rideouts, to club meetings and social events, and led to meet-ups with Mods all over the country.
This is 21st century England
The Mods. They represent the best of 1960s England – great music, great style, a great look. And those scooters to die for. But how many people in today’s England realise that the Mods are still around?
Mad Mods to Modwear
We recently saw some cracking Black and White (and some colour) pictures being re-tweeted on our Twitter feed. We went to the source and stumbled across: @Spaceinvader65 – It also led us to finding an article on the London Economic.
Rupert the what?
The day after my Carnaby Street adventure and back-to-back Rideouts, I was scheduled to head down to sunny Brighton on an early train. Sadly, I was followed by rubbish weather. It was a bit disheartening because I thought nobody would turn up.
It wasn’t until I was approaching Brighton that I spotted my first Mod. But he was walking in the opposite direction – not a good sign! Little did I know that I was to bump into Rupert later on.
The weather really had played its part in stopping many Mods taking advantage of the Bank Holiday Monday. There was only a small gathering. But on the plus side, it meant that I could work more with them as individuals, which was amazing.
And what a group of guys they were! I spent a number of hours shooting some very hardy Mods on a very wet and windy seafront. I also got to shoot Rupert, whose last name, believe it or not, is ‘Bear’. (Sorry if that’s made you hum the theme tune, but who gets to meet a real-life Rupert Bear!)
Creating a Scene on Carnaby Street
The weather was on my side and what a day it was. Just seeing Carnaby Street rammed with Mods and their trusted Vespas and Lambrettas was a cracking sight and every tourist’s dream!
What I’ve learnt in the short time I’ve been documenting the Mods is when they say they’re arriving at a certain time, they really mean it. So it was an early start from North London to make sure I didn’t miss a thing.
Mods 1 Storm Katie 0
My first Bank Holiday Ride Out for 2016 and the weather forecast had Storm Katie hitting our shores. Typical, I thought. When I passed the Dick Turpin on the A127 – a meeting point for the Mods before they arrive at Southend – it didn’t look good. There were just a handful of scooters in the car park.
In Pictures ... Mad Mods and a Camera
It all started on Remembrance Sunday when I drove by a café and saw about eight or nine mods standing outside.
I thought I have to go back and take some pictures of them. I have always loved Mod culture and their way of life. So I got my camera and parked up next to them.