Simplicity

06 - 9 - 2013



© Irving Penn


The simple things in life is an oft-repeated line but one that we keep coming back to. As we pause for breath after the summer with its travel, adventure and good times we wanted to take a moment to focus on the simple, before we rush headlong into autumn, Christmas and another year.

Simplicity can be interpreted in many ways but in essence tends to be defined by the use of few elements (as expressed in another old adage, less is more). For example, the ingredients of a good loaf can be as little as flour and water and a dress can be formed of one seam with holes for arms.

Take a moment to enjoy the stillness ...



Barn, Sussex


Helmut Lang campaign, 1997 featuring Kirsten Owen



Moroccan dwelling



Arvo Part, composer of the New Simplicity movement


Bernard Leach mead jug (Tate)

In The Moment

21 - 8 - 2013


In The Moment, 2013 © Jimo Salako


Jimo has a long-standing interest in and knowledge of photography. From his own experience as a portrait and documentary photographer, working for Nova and commissions from Richard Buckley at Vogue Hommes, to his founding of the art-photography journal, NextLevel in the early 2000s, publishing work by Jeff Wall, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Rineke Djstrika, Zhang Huan and Joel Sternfeld.



Norbert Schoerner © Jimo Salako



 

Next Level cover featuring Jeff Wall image




Mclean, Virginia: December 1978 © Joel Sternfeld




The Accident, 2003 © Jimo Salako


He has continued his own practice throughout this time, initially turning his camera on close friends and family and then developing a series of documentary projects, such as a survey of Berthold Lubetkin's Spa Green Estate, in conjunction with his film-making.



Mell in Mirror, 1997 © Jimo Salako



Staring at Strangers (2001) Film © Jimo Salako



Peter, 1999 - from Spa Green project © Jimo Salako




Lorna, 1999 - from Spa Green project © Jimo Salako


 In a continuation of this development, this recent collaboration with his long-term partner, Mellany, is the first body of work to be made public in over five years.



Pull, 2013 
© Jimo Salako


The series is an intimate view of a relationship. Most of the images are taken from behind the sitter, so present a partial view of the subject. This approach questions the form of portraiture itself - how deeply can we really know someone from their photograph?

To download an ebook of the images, please go to:www.jimosalako.com

Craft

08 - 8 - 2013

In an increasingly virtual world, a renewed interest in workmanship and the hand-crafted is taking place.

Craft represents application. It is not possible to construct a made-to-measure suit in the kind of timeframe we are used to. Zapping the remote control, or swiping a computer is now second nature and our attention span and some say, our wider brain patterns, are adapting accordingly. Creating a piece made from meticulously sourced materials with the involvement of many different hands is a process that requires skill, patience and dedication.

Craft indulges in the luxury of time and the finished product is all the better for it. From an artisan ice-cream to a turned wooden bowl, the aesthetic of the handmade is more than surface deep.

Charlotte Borley, SALAKO's hair enhancement specialist, approaches the making of hair as a skilled craftsperson, working closely with one of the oldest hair supply companies in the UK.


Charlotte matches hair samples taken from the client and forms a colour ring to ensure the hair selected is the perfect compliment to the client's own. Then, using three different methods of extensions, she ensures that the finished look has the desired movement requested during the initial consultation.


The hair is attached to the client's head, using bonds that are not much bigger than a grain of rice. This method differs from many hair extension processes, as it allows for the use of many different strands of hair to create a perfect match of colour and texture.

With this attention to detail, Charlotte achieves the most natural results. This is truly hand-crafted hair.


For more information about this bespoke service, please contact SALAKO: info@salakolondon.com 020 7402 3464

The Haircut

25 - 7 - 2013

 

To celebrate the recent BFI release of the short film 'The Haircut' starring John Cassevetes, we thought we would take a little look at his oeuvre.




Cassevetes was a huge influence on the award-winning short films that Jimo Salako produced and directed: 'Lateef the Mechanic' and 'The Conversation' back in the early 2000s. Inspired by Cassevetes' improvised approach to filmmaking and his graphic framing and editing, Jimo gathered together a collection of actors and non-actors to create powerful vignettes of human relationships.



Cassevetes style of filmmaking was borne of necessity, as his budgets were limited and shoot times tight. Luckily, he had the support of actors such as Ben Gazzara, Peter Faulk and of course, the stunning Gena Rowlands (Cassevetes' wife). He is widely regarded as one of the most influential American directors, if not so widely known as some of his contemporaries.







The Haircut was shot in 1982 and features Cassevetes as a stressed out music executive visiting a barber shop with many added extras, including a tap dancer and band performance!

We can't always promise that at SALAKO but we can offer our clients a relaxing and unforgettable experience.




To book an appointment go to:
info@salakolondon.com 

And for more information on The Haircut go to: http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/features/john-cassavetes-haircut




Orange

19 - 7 - 2013
Inspired by the glowing orange orb seen in the sky recently, this week's blog post is the first in an occasional series looking at the colour wheel.

Orange. Not just a colour but a fruit. Although, of course as Jeanette Winterson pointed out, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. It has inspired multinational companies, groundbreaking music stars and writers and artists.



The classic holiday drink has to be either a can of Fanta or a dinky bottle of Orangina, full of the promise of taking the pain away from sunburnt shoulders. Something about the sensation of fizz and the citrus zing of orange just works - be it a Buck's Fizz or a tin of Tango. And we all adore Kia-Ora.



The history of orange is not just about sweet memories though - Agent Orange was the code name for US chemical weapons used in Vietnam and given its name through the orange-striped barrels it was shipped in.The uniforms of Guantanamo bring new associations to this traditionally jaunty colour.



On a lighter note,  orange is seen as the colour of power, healing and creativity and Buddhist monks wear orange coloured robes as a symbol of their faith. Orange was also one of the early colours formulated by Crayola in 1903.



In music, Frank Ocean's album was named Channel Orange after the neurological phenomenon grapheme-colour synesthesia: apparently, he saw the colour orange when he first fell in love. You can listen to his fruity music here. And The Fall composed the score for Michael Clark's seminal ballet, 'I Am Curious Orange' [ I am Kurios Oranj], itself inspired by the work of Vilgot Sjoman, whom we will return to in a later post.



Oh, and the colour orange is also said to increase appetite, hence its use in fast food restaurants. Feeling hungry yet?

The Afro Comb: a history

10 - 7 - 2013

An exhibition we hope to visit this summer. It also gives us an excuse to post an image of the incredible Angela Davis (above) and Marsha Hunt (below).

The Fitzwilliam Museum  and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge are hosting a joint exhibition 'The Origins of the Afro Comb', which looks at the history of the afro comb – all 6,000 years of it.

From ancient Egypt to the Black Power movement of the 1960s, the role of the afro comb in culture is explored. The combs can denote status and affiliation: their handles are often carved with symbolic motifs to signify tribe or religion (or politics).

The exhibition looks at how the comb travelled from Africa to the rest of the world over the course of centuries and artist Michael McMillan’s site-specific work considers the social role of the home, barber and hair salon in contemporary life.

For further information go to:

http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html?3840

http://maa.cam.ac.uk/maa/origins-of-the-afro-comb-6000-years-of-culture-politics-and-identity/

http://www.originsoftheafrocomb.co.uk/




Everything looks better in black & white

03 - 7 - 2013

Here at SALAKO, we have been posting black and white images on Facebook and the Journal for some time and it seems that this is part of a wider trend.

Killian Fox recently wrote about new films, such as Much Ado About Nothing, A Field in England (pictured above), Nebraska and Frances Ha and describes how they were originally shot in colour and converted post-production. The visual results seem worth the extra effort, with press shots looking exquisitely photographic.

In an age of digital, high-definition images a return to black and white can be read in different ways: nostalgia, classicism and of course, the fact that everything (and everyone) looks better in black and white.

One thing that you can be sure of is that monochrome will always make an appearance at SALAKO, so watch this space. 
For now, a selection of images from black and white films -  from the 1970s to the present day.





Much Ado About Nothing 



Much Ado About Nothing 





Good Night and Good Luck

Rain

22 - 6 - 2013

It is officially midsummer, although you might not believe it.

The weather has been particularly unseasonable these past few weeks but as the great nature writer Richard Mabey suggests, we need to start loving the rain. Apparently, as an island in the Arctic storm belt, it's the least to expect.

We have selected some images which make the most of what Nature has to throw at us. Hopefully, they will help you see wet weather in a different light and learn to enjoy those raindrops trickling down your neck.


Fresh

15 - 6 - 2013

Jimo has been doing some fresh haircuts and styling for a number of interesting people recently. Just last week, Yasmin Sewell came to have her regular trim followed by Beth Orton,


 Lizzie Jagger 


and Jasmine Hemsley of Hemsley and Hemsley.


Their haircuts all have natural movement and are easy-to-wear with minimum fuss. After a visit to SALAKO, they were all ready to go and do what they do: global fashion consultant; top model; award-winning musician and health-food guru, respectively.


Jimo also worked on a shoot with top model and Model Alliance ambassador Coco Rocha. http://oh-so-coco.tumblr.com/post/49357843941/businessofmodeling


These women represent the essence of what SALAKO London is all about: strong individuals with a singular style. 

Jimo is offering a 10% reduction on his haircuts for the month of July, so call or email us to book an appointment and refresh your look:

http://www.salakolondon.com/contact.html

The Science of the Ponytail

06 - 6 - 2013



The so-called 'Rapunzel' number represents the ratio in an equation which demonstrates the impact of gravity on hair according to its length. This discovery won researchers the Ig Nobel Prize ,which celebrates unusual developments in science, in 2012.


Through the measurement of the curvature of hair, they discovered that ponytails fall in different ways according to hair density and texture. They also found that ponytails are only able to move from side to side, in that rather coquettish way, because the head obstructs the movement and the hair is unable to move up and down. So, when you are next out running, or even walking at a brisk pace with your hair tied back, keep that in mind.




To celebrate the joy of the ponytail and its appropriateness in this warm spring weather, we sourced some photographs from Jimo's portfolio, all featuring that most simple of styles. Why not come by and let us create the perfect sportif look for you?


http://www.salakolondon.com/services.html


All images ©Adidas/Stella McCartney