4 Photographic Books on Subcultures

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Subcultures are formed through a myriad of factors, such as geography, hobbies, beliefs, and lifestyles. Some are more recognisable or transnational than most like the hipster subculture, which is made up of predominantly young to middle-aged adults; while others, such as steampunk, are more obscure. These niches are often difficult to understand from an outsider’s perspective but each one has its own interesting story.

Here’s a list of photo journals that give a glimpse into the world of sometimes rad or quirky, yet fascinating subcultures.

Incredible Waves: An Appreciation of Perfect Surf

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4 Photographic Books on Subcultures

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4 Photographic Books on Subcultures

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One of the lesser adaptable communities is the surf culture considering that not all countries have easy access to surf-worthy waters. It is believed that surfing originated in Polynesia, although free-spirited people from California, Hawaii, and Australia popularised the sport. The laid back vibe of the community attracts people to hang around whether or not they end up going into the water. Chris Power’s Incredible Waves is a compilation of surreal surfing destinations and the people who brave through their waters. It captures the relaxed attitude of the surfing community as they wait to be humbled by the next big splash.


4 Photographic Books on Subcultures

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4 Photographic Books on Subcultures

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Hip hop is a subculture that many African Americans identify with, and consider as a way of life. It has deeply influenced fashion, a style of movement or dance, language, and of course, music. BIG SHOTS! is a collection of candid polaroids taken by Philip Leeds and features some of hip hop’s biggest stars such as Pharrell, Jay Z, and Snoop Dogg. Complex adds that some of the 350 photographs were taken in New York, the birthplace of hip hop, and that Leeds didn’t initially plan on turning it into a book. There are also shots of artists and fashion icons such as Naomi Campbell and André Leon Talley to give a taste of the extensive reach of its impact.

4 Photographic Books on Subcultures

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4 Photographic Books on Subcultures

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Attraper Au Vol

4 Photographic Books on Subcultures

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4 Photographic Books on Subcultures

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Surfing’s land-based counterpart, skateboarding, also has a thriving subculture of its own. French photographer Fred Mortagne captures this sometimes daunting world of skaters around the world in a book he titled Attraper Au Vol, which means ‘to catch on the fly’. GQ Magazine describes this photographic journey as the most stylish coffee table book presumably because of the geometrically aligned, black and white stills of skaters mid-air. The subculture is here to stay with parks being put up especially in the UK, where aspiring skaters can practice their tricks or show off their skills. In addition, marketable brands such as Supreme that prescribe to the aesthetic associated with the culture are (image: GQ)sustaining the hype of riding on four-wheeled boards.

Bingo & Social Club

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There is a secret world in the UK and it resides in the walls of antiquated bingo halls. London-based photographer Michael Hess published a photographic journal on bingo that was born out of a fascination with the interesting characters that frequent these clubs. He shared with AnOther Magazine that he felt compelled to document their lives and to tell a story through his photographs especially with live bingo in a decline. In this day and age, bingo continues to flourish but it is slowly leaving live gaming halls and moving to a virtual space. Online bingo caters to a wider audience with its promise of accessibility and the community it attracts remains active and as tight as ever. Foxy Bingo Reviews gives users the space to share their experiences which can encourage others to try the game. The results speak for themself with its online version showing significant growth in the past few years. Hess’s Bingo & Social Club manages to immortalise the surviving bingo culture through film before it gave way to digitalisation.

4 Photographic Books on Subcultures

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These photographic books are great choices for people who want to be introduced to a few subcultures that still exist. For more on the subject, check out other reviews on The Book of Sarah that will expand your horizons and let you see the world through different perspectives.


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Why Millennials won’t Commit: The Era of Relativism

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Ask any millennial what is their stand on a certain subject, (your pick- same sex marriage, abortion, politics, leadership, friendship, family, morality……………… feel free to add some more) and most times their answer will be—- “it depends”. If you’re lucky of course; if you are not so lucky, especially with the much younger generation you will get a ‘whatever’ or ‘I don’t care’.

This is the era of relativism.

Relativism is generally termed as ‘ the doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute’ Continue reading

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The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*ck- A Review

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Oh! Don’t let the title fool you, it is a pretty decent book. I promise.

When I mentioned this book as one of the 5 books that have changed my life, I was about halfway done. Now that I am done (and rereading it already) I think it deserves a special review. I like Mark Manson’s fresh view of life, his unapologetic views and opinions and how out of the ordinary this book addresses things that we are all too decent to mention. Continue reading

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5 Ways to Boost your Confidence and Self Esteem

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Self confidence and self esteem are touchy subjects that most of us prefer to sweep under the carpet. The truth is, each person struggles with some insecurity in one form or another. To get what we want, we have to get over the barriers we set for ourselves and reach out. This is why learning on how to boost your confidence and self esteem is really important. For example, you must have read books or quotes by Dr. Seuss at some point. Known for his brilliant children’s books, Dr. Seuss refused to meet children for the longest time. He didn’t feel confidence enough to face his audience (kids!) yet we continue to recite “Oh the places you will go’ to date. Eventually, he worked on his confidence enough to meet his adoring fans and was surprised that they didn’t even notice how nervous he was.  Continue reading

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5 Books that have Changed My Life

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Say what you want to say about self help books, but I learn something from every book that I read. Sure, some of these books make me roll my eyes the whole time as I read, because they sound so obvious and forced. However, from every self help book, (or any other book), I take a lesson that I find myself applying in my life.

I don’t want to be overly dramatic by saying these 5 books have changed my life; but sure enough there is a lesson or two that I have learned from them that have created some form of impact in my life. Here is my list of impactful books and the lesson I borrowed from them.

  1. Quiet- The Power Of Introverts in a World That Cannot Stop Talking – Susan Cain

Most times, when I tell people that I am an introvert, they don’t believe me. This is because I am very opinionated, vocal, have no problem at all addressing groups of people (I lecture in colleges and conduct training sessions). What those people don’t know is that when I am not standing in front of groups, I am curled up in my house reading, cooking, sleeping, watching something interesting or being inside my head over-thinking stuff. For the longest time, I didn’t know I was an introvert too. I tried keeping up with social events, which bore me within the first half hour then wondering what’s wrong with me and why I couldn’t enjoy hanging out with people for much longer. Often time, I was branded as snobbish, anti social or cold. Continue reading

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5 Ways to Use Social Media Marketing for your Business in 2018

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For many businesses, social media has opened more doors than they thought existed. Thanks to social media, businesses have found an almost ‘level’ playing field; whereby both small and big businesses are competing for the same eyeballs. I think this is the best time in history to be in business, and it will only get better.

Of the many social media platforms, Facebook is the most popular social media platform in Kenya. The number of Facebook users in Kenya was 6.2 million as of June 2017 according to a social media report in Kenya. At the rate at which internet use is spreading in Kenya, this number can only get bigger. Facebook has opened massive opportunities for businesses to introduce their products and services into the market. At the same time, much larger businesses have taken to Facebook as customer care platforms. With increased use of other social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, among others, social media marketing is only getting started.

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No One is Coming to Save You

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Oh, have you watched Wonder Woman yet? I loved it! The more reason to talk about saving yourself.

We spend most of our 20’s trying to figure out what we want to do with our lives.

When in our early twenties ( or late teens these days), we can’t  wait to be done with Uni so we can get jobs and be independent: Pay our own bills, get into clubs without being ‘frozen’ at the door, afford nice shoes….and the like. Oh, the naivety!

After getting jobs and getting paid meager salaries (lucky you if you got a great job straight out of college) we encourage ourselves that in our 20s we work to learn not to earn (there’s some truth to this).

However, no one likes being broke, and after some time, we are looking for a way out to a better career, better relationship, and better hustle. Continue reading

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Understanding your Emotions

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Have you experienced some form of emotion that you are not sure what it means or how you even got there? This happens especially when we are dealing with an event in our life that leaves us in an unsure state. Once or twice you must have said; “I’m not sure how I feel”. On the other hand, there are times you have said, “I feel happy”, “I am passionate about this”, “I am bored”, “I hate this”, “I am depressed”. The latter shows you know how you feel which is a good thing.

What are emotions?

Emotions play a major role in our well being. They determine how we feel hence creating some balance in our lives. When you are experiencing negative emotions, your life is less aligned. When experiencing positive emotions, you are more aligned and in control of your life.

The emotional guidance scale

The emotional guidance scale shows how you can spiral from a happy emotion to a moment of depression unworthiness. This however does not happen at once; it is a process. Continue reading

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Are Women Leaders Expected to Behave in a Certain Way?

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I have watched the movie The Devil Wears Prada several times and of course read the book by Lauren Weisberger. I don’t watch it so many times for the fashion insights (as much as my fashionable side is really wanting), but because it is a great movie providing basis for discussing the topic of women and leadership. The movie revolves around Miranda, the CEO if a fictional Runway Magazine (there has been speculation that this character was based on Anna Wintour the editor-in-chief of Vogue), and a young assistant who is now at the job (Andy) who feels harassed while working under Miranda.

She’s such a terrible boss

It seems as if the main aim of the movie is to show how much of a terrible boss Miranda is; the movie title seems to tell it all. Miranda is tough and has extreme high standards and high expectations of her employees. She can be very bossy and domineering. On the other hand, Miranda has worked her way to the top of the chain and is very well respected by others in the fashion industry. They seek her advice and opinions and she acts as an influence to many young people in this industry. Continue reading

How to Make the Best of Your Low Moments

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We all experience some low moments at some point of our life. It may not be rock bottom, but you were feeling pretty low due to some event in your life.

Some causes of low moments are:


When you are jobless or in between jobs and you don’t feel so sure about where you’re headed. This comes with some anxiety, stress and uncertainties especially revolving around your finances. Joblessness can also cause you to experience low self worth. On the brighter side, it gives you some time to your hand. If you had saved enough to keep you going for a while, you can use the time you have to focus on something else.

A relationship break up/ divorce/ separation

Our relationships play a very important part in our lives. When they go wrong, our emotions are highly affected and we feel very low. As opposed to when you can pick up a bad habit when a relationship goes sour, you can pick up a good habit, which is even better. A breakup, gives you some more time in your hands. Continue reading

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