Vinca Peterson & Ditto - Unleash [Hardcover]
This book uses material from the very start of my archive, a small collection of about 100 photographs I’d kept from my teens and early 20s, along with my diaries.
I started taking photos when I was very young: my dad was an amateur photographer, so I was always taking pictures around the house. Later I’d take pictures of my friends at school, and they’d use my camera to take pictures of me.
I didn’t think they were of any value, at first. They were just things I’d happened to keep. Unlike my later pictures of travelers and sound systems, there was nothing special about the subject matter – anyone could have taken these 100 or so early pictures.
But going through them later with Ben Freeman, who designed the book, I realised that was exactly why they were interesting. They were a record of what could be pretty much any girl growing up, having her first adventures away from parents and home, then in my case moving to London at 17, trying to earn a living while also discovering Ecstasy and the rave scene.