Although I was never especially drawn to the free party scene for a night (day or week or two?) out, each to their own and I have found myself somewhat entranced by Molly Macindoe’s photographs and her book Out Of Order.
The book is a collection of her photography from the free party scene from over a number of years.
The images in it seem to represent a culture that belongs to a true edgelands and quite possibly to that genuine rarity nowadays – a subculture that hasn’t been incorporated or subsumed within or by mainstream commerce.
To a degree it put me in mind of Tomorrow’s People book of photographs from free festivals in the 1970s but Molly Macindoe’s photographs seem to represent something much rawer, wilder, frontier like and unregulated.
And although often the parties are shown as happening in the countryside, the photographs also seem to often be a document of partying/gathering amongst the ghosts and the discarded brutalist architecture of a more overtly industrial phase of Western society.
File under: Trails and Influences / Year 3 Wanderings
Intertwined wanderings around these parts:
Week #6/52: Tomorrow’s People, further considerations of the past as a foreign country and hauntology away from its more frequent signifiers and imagery…