An amazing journey that started with a brief conversation outside a café in Enfield, North London. A journey that’s taken me on Rideouts, to club meetings and social events, and led to meet-ups with Mods all over the country. And a photographic journey that, as one Mod once said to me, “keep spreading the love” about modern-day Mods.
I’ve always loved Mod culture. The style, the music, the lights and mirrors on the Vespas and Lambrettas. But I didn’t realise just how strong the culture was, or know about the different subcultures until I started photographing them. Now I hope my shots will inspire the new generation of Mods and celebrate what they’re all about in the 21st century.
My attempt to capture the Mod scene as it is today. It’s a sort of ‘what happened next’ to follow-up that great book Mod: A very British phenomenon. And there’s nothing like this out there at the moment – capturing the fantastic people who are keeping the Mod style real.
An on-going project
A website. Two photography exhibitions. What next, a book? And then who knows after that? The best thing for me is that I always get a great welcome and the Mods seem happy for me to continue capturing them on camera as they keep the Mod spirit alive and kicking.
And I suppose Mad Mods and a Camera is me. Duncan James. Art Director. Photographer. A Mod enthusiast. Documenting how original Mods and a new generation are keeping the culture alive.