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Ruin: mutations Man’s Man’s Ruin: meaningful meaningful mutations Nina Mecagni


Man’s

Ruin:

meaningful

mutations

Rockabilly music made its debut via Elvis Presley’s 1954-1956 recordings on the Sun records label. In the 1950’s rockabilly music, was described by media as, “Hedonistic, Cacophonous, Loud, Threatening, Corrupting, Racially Tainted, Unpleasant and Abusive”. By the end of the 1950’s this “new” style of music experienced temporary unpopularity in the United States as a result of little to no radio airplay. In England however, rockabilly music remained popular due to its growing fan base. Over five decades later it’s still a vibrant and active scene in both England and America as well as many other countries in the world. Rockabilly is as much an attitude as it is a music style, attitude that embraces rebellion, disdain for authority, overt expression of one’s sexuality and a life free from the value system of its parent generation. The attitude found most predominantly in the character of rockabilly music serves as the subject of my photographic exploration into this vibrant subculture as it currently exists. I have photo-documented events both in America, rockabilly’s country of origin, as well as in the country that has kept its proverbial fire alive…England. This collection of photographs provides its viewer with an intimate view of the styles, textures, and mood of the unapologetic rockabilly style.

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The Rhythm Riot!, East Sussex UK 2006

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The Rhythm Riot!, East Sussex UK 2006

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VIVA Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV. USA

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VIVA Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV. USA 2007

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VIVA Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV. USA 2007

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The Rhythm Riot!, East Sussex UK 2006

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The Rhythm Riot!, East Sussex UK 2006

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The Rythm Riot!, East Sussex UK 2007

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The Rhythm Riot!, East Sussex UK 2006

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VIVA Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV. USA 2007

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The Rhythm Riot!, East Sussex UK 2006

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The Rhythm Riot!, East Sussex UK 2006

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The Boston Arms, London UK 2007

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The Rhythm Riot!, East Sussex UK 2006

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The Rhythm Riot!, East Sussex UK 2006

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The Rhythm Riot!, East Sussex UK 2006

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VIVA Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV. USA

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The Rhythm Riot!, East Sussex UK 2006

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The Rhythm Riot!, East Sussex UK 2006

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The Rhythm Riot!, East Sussex UK 2006

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The Rhythm Riot!, East Sussex UK 2006

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VIVA Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV USA 2007

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The Rhythm Riot!, East Sussex UK 2006

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The Rhythm Riot!, East Sussex UK 2006

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The Boston Arms, London UK 2007

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The Boston Arms, London UK 2007

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The Boston Arms, London UK 2007

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The Boston Arms, London UK 2007

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The Boston Arms, London UK 2007

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The Boston Arms, London UK 2007

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The Boston Arms, London UK 2007

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VIVA Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV. USA 2007

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The Elephants Head, London UK 2006

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The Boston Arms, London UK 2007

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The Boston Arms, London UK 2007

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Dingwalls, London UK 2005

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VIVA Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV. USA 2007

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The Boston Arms, London UK 2007

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VIVA Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV. USA 2007

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VIVA Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV. USA 2007

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The Rhythm Riot!, East Sussex UK 2006

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Rockabilly Rave, East Sussex UK 2005

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VIVA Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV. USA 2007

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VIVA Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV. USA 2006

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VIVA Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV. USA 2007

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The Boston Arms, London UK 2007

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VIVA Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV. USA 2006

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The Boston Arms, London UK 2007

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VIVA Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV. USA 2007

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The Boston Arms, London UK 2007

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Man's Ruin: meaningful mutations  

A photographic exploration into the vibrant Rockabilly subculture. Experience the style, texture and mood of untamed expression.

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