Photographic Dossier (2)
Bethany Kane [+]
Currently the Northern Soul scene is receiving great exposure through film, media and clothing brands, giving this once very secretive scene a wider recognition. Subsequently, dedicated soulies are escaping to more underground clubs and are becoming more selective in the events they choose to attend. This body of work concentrates on the younger generation and the spaces within which they construct and perform a northern soul identity. The current Soul scene is continuously growing whilst attracting a strong young crowd. Through visuals and fan voice, I explore the passion and dedication these individuals have towards their scene and the certain elements that continuously encourages their participation. Photographing scene participants in their personal spaces gives the viewer an insight to the life led between allnighters, highlighting elements within their environment that provoke a further understanding of the individual’s personal identity and how this relates to their scene participation. Taken in bedrooms, record shops and fashion student workrooms, these photographs provide an even rare insight into the permeation of scene identity into everyday life activities of young Northern Soulies.