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Laine's Loves... Kevin Mason

Kevin has always been one of our favourite fashion photographers, but lately he's really hit a new direction that really exciting.

Laine’s Loves… Kevin Mason

Formerly best known for shooting big productions, photographer Kevin Mason has stripped back his team and approach to a Polaroid camera and models wearing no make up. But this is no dreamy Instagram approach to photography – he’s more influenced by Bruce Gilden and Stephen Shore. The real and the raw.
“I definitely fell into a trap of wanting to make beautiful pictures of beautiful people,” he told The Impossible Project. “I think it came from a kind of fear of not wanting someone to dislike the image I took of them.”
An indication of how far his confidence has leaped with this approach is that he now takes just 4-6 shots per shoot and does no editing. The results are all there on the Polaroids.

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We are properly excited about our new beer, Black Nectar for a few reasons. 1) We made it with our mates Hiver. 2) It's the first beer ever to use heather honey and heather flowers. 3) It tastes absolutely amazing. Launches tonight (Weds) at the People's Park Tavern. Come down.

We are properly excited about our new beer, Black Nectar for a few reasons. 1) We made it with our mates Hiver. 2) It’s the first beer ever to use heather honey and heather flowers. 3) It tastes absolutely amazing. Launches tonight (Weds) at the People’s Park Tavern. Come down.

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Wales are just just on it at the moment. Quite aside from the whole of the UK looking for their Welsh heritage during the Euros they have made the best beer in the UK, with Cwtch picking up Overall Supreme Champion at Beer Of Britain. Tiny Rebel, the brewery responsible are taking over The BeerKat from Thurs 28th.

Wales are just just on it at the moment. Quite aside from the whole of the UK looking for their Welsh heritage during the Euros they have made the best beer in the UK, with Cwtch picking up Overall Supreme Champion at Beer Of Britain. Tiny Rebel, the brewery responsible are taking over The BeerKat from Thurs 28th.

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World tallest toddler and all round funny guy Russell Howard is bringing his rucksack of jokes to the Aeronaut tomorrow (Weds 19th). He might not carry his jokes in a rucksack - he probably remembers them in his head. But it's a nice image, right?

World tallest toddler and all round funny guy Russell Howard is bringing his rucksack of jokes to the Aeronaut tomorrow (Weds 19th). He might not carry his jokes in a rucksack – he probably remembers them in his head. But it’s a nice image, right?

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The second week of the Bristol takeover of The BeerKat with Wiper & True, Moor and The Bristol Beer Factory is more Brizzle than ever. There's a Bristol band showcase with Bristol Live (Lionface, pictured, headline), live street art and loads of Bristol beer.

The second week of the Bristol takeover of The BeerKat with Wiper & True, Moor and The Bristol Beer Factory is more Brizzle than ever. There’s a Bristol band showcase with Bristol Live (Lionface, pictured, headline), live street art and loads of Bristol beer.

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We had an amazing time at GDIF this weekend. What an incredible festival it is. We brought a special beer to celebrate their milestone birthday. It was called 21. Everyone drunk it in the beautiful surroundings and we imagined a new utopia for a while.

We had an amazing time at GDIF this weekend. What an incredible festival it is. We brought a special beer to celebrate their milestone birthday. It was called 21. Everyone drunk it in the beautiful surroundings and we imagined a new utopia for a while.

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Following the huge success of the Beavertown takeover of BeerKat, Siren are bringing their incredible beer range to our pop up. They were voted Best Brewery in England by Ratebeer.com last year, for good reason.

Following the huge success of the Beavertown takeover of BeerKat, Siren are bringing their incredible beer range to our pop up. They were voted Best Brewery in England by Ratebeer.com last year, for good reason.

To read the press release about the Siren takeover, click here.

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We bloody well love Beavertown. As well as making great beer, they're really cool people. So who else would we invite to take over a a disused pub with us for a month? The BeerKat is gonna run from Thursday 26th May, open every weekend. More info here.

We bloody well love Beavertown. As well as making great beer, they’re really cool people. So who else would we invite to take over a a disused pub with us for a month? The BeerKat is gonna run from Thursday 26th May, open every weekend. More info here.

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Sometimes we love the way our brewers talk about beer. "It all starts with a little malt and then the magic happens..." say the Four Thieves.

Sometimes we love the way our brewers talk about beer. “It all starts with a little malt and then the magic happens…” say the Four Thieves.

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Is there anything sexier than a tap wall, like this one at Watson's General Telegraph? That makes us weird, right?

Is there anything sexier than a tap wall, like this one at Watson’s General Telegraph? That makes us weird, right?

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Laine’s Loves… Look At The Pictures

New documentary of Robert Mapplethorpe explains the controversy but looks deeper at the extraordinarily ambitious man behind the shocking photos.

Laine’s Loves… Look At The Pictures

It’s easy to look at Robert Mapplethorpe’s beautiful but brutally explicit photos in our post-internet world of every form of niche porn and think, ‘So what?’ Actually, that’s not remotely true – even today many of is perfectly composed images are still truly shocking. His X Portfolio contains photos of extreme sexual practices that the government recently banned again. Yep, Mapplethorpe was hardcore.

So going to an art gallery in the 80s or early 90s and seeing them on the wall (or, actually, a table top that children couldn’t see onto) must have been an intense experience. Now imagine that art gallery is in America. All of which goes to explain why Mapplethorpe is one of the most famous photographers of his era. His cover of ex-girlfriend Patti Smith’s ‘Horses’ is just one of his amazing clothes-on portraits that you could Google at work.

But Look At The Pictures is only partly about photography. It’s about ambition, religion, death and a New York that is long gone – a New York of artists, crime and characters, often pushed together run down neighbourhoods. It’s also about how sex almost derailed the New York art scene for a decade, first as artists were too busy fucking, and then, like Mapplethorpe, dying young.

The documentary doesn’t pull any punches. His most extreme images are given plenty of screen time and we’ve never seen a film with so many cocks in it. But it’s thoughtful and tender at times, in between lurid stories of goings in in clubs like The Mine Shaft. Go and see it, but maybe not with your mum.

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In more tap takeover news - a little closer to home but no less exciting - we have the brilliant Brick Brewery dominating Watson's General Telegraph soon. Details coming but we wanted to give you the heads up.

In more tap takeover news – a little closer to home but no less exciting – we have the brilliant Brick Brewery dominating Watson’s General Telegraph soon. Details coming but we wanted to give you the heads up.

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Everyone loves a tap takeover, but when it's beers you're not getting anywhere else it's really special. Our mates at Harpoon Brewery in Boston (US, not UK) are travelling 3,656 miles see us and bringing a load of beer with them. It's gonna be wild.

Everyone loves a tap takeover, but when it’s beers you’re not getting anywhere else it’s really special. Our mates at Harpoon Brewery in Boston (US, not UK) are travelling 3,656 miles see us and bringing a load of beer with them. It’s gonna be wild.

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The PPT has got it all, pretty much - great garden, its own brewery, art gallery, curated beers from around the world. But it hasn't got crazy golf. Yet. The course is almost done though. Our practice sessions at The Four Thieves are going to pay off.

The PPT has got it all, pretty much – great garden, its own brewery, art gallery, curated beers from around the world. But it hasn’t got crazy golf. Yet. The course is almost done though. Our practice sessions at The Four Thieves are going to pay off.

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Here's People's Park Tavern brewer Sam admiring his handy work by examining the difference between his Red Empire on keg and on cask. He's been like that for two hours now.

Here’s People’s Park Tavern brewer Sam admiring his handy work by examining the difference between his Red Empire on keg and on cask. He’s been like that for two hours now.

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