On Messy Nessy Chic: Saving China’s Memories from the Trash, One Kodak at a Time

What do giant sharks, gymnastics, and a banana-eating competition have in common? They all inhabit the fantastic world of “Beijing Silvermine.” For almost a decade now, this has been the curious project of French photographer Thomas Sauvin, who has been on a tireless mission to rescue and revive the millions of 35 mm negatives floating around Beijing’s black market recycling plants. And it’s almost impossible not to fall in love with the enigmatic band of characters and places it brings together…
Via Messy Nessy Chic.


On Collectors Weekly: Losing Ourselves in Holiday Windows

As the deadline approaches for ordering last-minute gifts online, most of us must finish our Christmas shopping the analog way—walking into stores and picking things out by hand. If you’re lucky enough to live in a city with an old-fashioned department store, you might get a glimpse of their fantastic holiday displays, packed full of animated elves and artfully piled gifts. But in most places, such scenes are extinct, remaining only in childhood memories.
Via Collectors Weekly, with a nice collection of vintage shop window pictures.

On Messy Messy Chic: The Woman who staged a Private Revolution from her Photo Studio

The Woman who staged a Private Revolution from her Photo Studio

For decades after her death, Marie Høeg’s secrets remained hidden, until the 1980s, when a box of 440 glass plate negatives marked “private” was found inside a disused barn in Oslo, Norway.
The discovery revealed the near-forgotten rebellion of a group of women and friends experimenting with gender in an era of strict conventions surrounding sexuality and identity. In 1895, Marie and partner, Bolette Berg, both students of photography, opened a portrait studio in the naval base town of Horte. Customers came looking for fairly conservative scenic and portrait postcards, but when the last tourist souvenir had been snapped and the studio closed up shop, it became a different place entirely…

Via Messy Messy Chic.

On Collectors Weekly: Nostalgia is Magic – Tavi Gevinson Remixes Teen Culture

Tavi Gevinson was just 11 when she appeared on the fashion scene in 2007, not via New York or Paris, but through her PC in Oak Park, Illinois. Through her insightful and whimsical blog, Style Rookie, Gevinson mused on topics ranging from couture collections to middle-school dress codes, building an online fan base of teenagers and adults who loved her then-signature gray hair and eccentric sense of style.
Via Collectors Weekly.


Om Messy Messy Chic: Forgotten romantic rituals of Halloween’s past

Hello chouchous! I’m happy to be back in Japan after a good vacation / family visit in beautiful Alsace. I have a lot to catch up with, so let’s start! I missed you!

Halloween is commonly known as the holiday where people dress in costume, go trick or treating, and seek out a good fright. These staples have been the focus of the holiday for quite some time, but what some might not know is Halloween’s more amorous roots and fortune-telling matchmaking rituals.
Via Messy Messy Chic.