Here at Jammy Toast we love old black and white photographs – they just seem to have far more realism and atmosphere than their coloured siblings. We have posted collections before but a new book has recently caught our eye. Today, taking photographs is commonplace but back in the 1970s a camera on the underground was a rare thing, often meaning the photographer could capture candid moments from unsuspecting people, or even generate a reaction from those being photographed. Since the first trains ran on the London Underground in 1863 the tunnels and platforms that make up the network have acted as the backdrop to the lives of the many passengers travelling across the capital.
Hello again all you Jammy Toasters. That seems to be a new generic name for people who read our blog and I have to admit I quite like it. I don’t mind being referred to as a Toaster, I even think it is quite funny. It may have been Lestly who started it off, I can’t quite remember. Anyway, I would just like to offer my apologies for the gap between my posts. When I checked, I noticed it has been over twelve months since I last posted something art related, so maybe I am not a Toaster anymore after all. In reality I have been doing other things but I just don’t seem to get the chance. Other people are more loud and vociferous than I am and so they get there first. I am only writing this now because Davidd came and asked me. However, I will try my best to post things more often.
A bit of a daft one, today. We were all sitting around Jammy Toast last night watching the news when an item came on which caught our attention. It featured the story of one of Pablo Picasso’s best-known portraits being sold at auction in New York for £35m. Seated Woman in Blue Dress features a portrait of one of Picasso’s many lovers, Dora Maar. The picture has a long history including, during World War Two, the Nazis seized the painting but were intercepted on their way from Paris to Moravia by French Resistance fighters.
Jammy Toast’s friend Banksy has finely shown everyone his thoughts on Brexit. His latest work shows a workman removing a star from the EU flag and is situated near Dover’s ferry terminal. The mysterious artist is known for his political pieces. His latest comes as the UK heads towards a general election and prepares to leave the EU. While some discredit the work as being “too obvious” others focussed on the subtle cracks, not the chiselling. Here at Jammy Toast we just love it!
Hello everyone, my name is Egginanoo Bear and I have not posted anything here on Jammy Toast for ages. I love art and usually do drawings and even have a gallery of my work here on Jammy Toast put just lately I seem to have been side-lined. I have said before that I think that the only reason I have my gallery is so they can post something on the days they can’t think of anything to write about. This has kind of backfired on me because they have been very busy posting things and there is no place for ‘writer’s block’ here at Jammy Toast – they are a very creative bunch.
If you check the Bear Music page you will notice a song from John Cooper Clarke entitled “Beasley Street” based on life in Salford. When we originally featured the song on the old Jammy Toast site we featured a picture by the late, great Shirley Baker to accompany it. At the time we were asked if the photograph was of Beasley Street and we had to admit it was not. We are not sure where the photograph was taken other than it was taken by Shirley Baker who, like John Cooper Clarke, comes from Salford and took photographs of Salford and Manchester during the slum clearance programme of the 1960s. I always think her photographs go so well with John’s poems because they are more or less telling the same story.
Here at Jammy Toast we are great fans of Graffiti Artist Banksy while we also love Hip Hop group Massive Attack – now it appears they may be one and the same person. Or, more accurately, it is being proclaimed that Banksy may in fact be Massive Attack founding member Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja or at least he is leading a group of people producing Banksy artworks. Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja, the founding member of the Bristol based band, has been accused of being the guerrilla graffiti star because art keeps appearing near their gigs. Investigative journalist Craig Williams has started the claims that the artist could be Mr Del Naja.