I keep a list of internet phenomena I hear people rave over, that hit top ten lists, that get featured in zines I pick up at random. Then I wait till I have a typical bout of insomnia, lay in bed and troll through them. Sometimes it’s just superficial website browsing that leads me to something unusual. The moment always feels charged and I’m determined to write a quirky, late night post about it, but that’s normally right before I start drooling and pass out on the keyboard.
Tonight – no today, right? Anyway, the Instagram account of London-based photographer Maisie Cousins (@maisiecousins) is kinda what I want to gush about. At first glance, it seems like a throwaway. Matter of fact, I think I immediately wondered what all the fuss was about. But, hey, I’m punch drunk and unable to sleep so what else was I going to do after successfully failing to fool myself into thinking I could comprehend Tolkien at this time in the morning.
Cousins’s work is creepy. I think I should say unsettling because that eludes to still being approachable doesn’t it?
I stop thinking randomly about what I think I know and delve further what I don’t in attempts to attach myself to a feeling. I wonder what dog-eared book of essays fires off in her head during a shot? What tube station does she regularly get off at? Because I want to think about what part of London inspires her most.
I feel like I’m looking at stills from my beloved John Water movies (Divine) and takes from old seventies mod psychedelic Londoner movies (free thinking babes with liberal morals). These pics are all so messed up ‘good’, like the beginning a good buzz. Another sleepy gaze and I can see it’s a photo log of feminist tropes in art school formats – she’s got a voice, it’s angsty and pure and filtered through a mind aiming to log in thought-provoking gender art in a way that’s never seen. That’s what we all think before graduation and a couple of art fairs.
Bold and uncontrolled, not unlike the newer underground art Instagram’s I stumble across – this one’s got sexy unshaven legs and she doesn’t care if you see them.
Ok, it’s sharing time.
An old webcam pic from when I was really sad A photo posted by MAISIE 💋 (@maisiecousins) on