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Crime scene investigation talk by Keith Smith

Todays talk gave us an insight into the  life of a crime scene investigator. Keith’s talk stated off with a slide show (he held back the gory images, apparently) with images varying from finger printing to a road traffic accident.  We were then given the privilege to try a few of the jobs that a crime scene investigator have to do.

One of the tasks we were set was to photograph a footprint in sand within a mock crime scene, to preserve all evidence from the crime scene meant we had to wear all of the clothing that a crime scene investigator would wear, full length overalls, face mask and eye protection. The footprint was best photographed from above so that all of the print is visible and in focus. As  a group we quickily learnt how to light and record all of the detail within a footprint, we lit the footprint from different angles which gave different shadows over the patterns of the footprint.

Onother one of the tasks was lifting a fingerprint from an object, the object chosen was a bottle, the fingerprint was already on the bottle and we had to dust the fingerprint with a dust which showed up using UV light, the fingerprint was then photographed for evidence (see image below )

The job of a crime scene investigator is not a glamourous one , a rewarding one? Yes! Iasked myself could I be a crime scene photographer and the answer is yes, trouble is I’m not to good with blood and guts.


1960’s Fashion

For the first time ever in any fashion era, the young became the leaders of fashion.  They led with new and never seen before fashion styles, all of the models seen throughout the sixities had to have little girl woman androgynous looks that swept away the sophisticated sweater girls of the late fifties and early sixties.  The pictures of Twiggy in the images below defines her as the epitome of a sixties baby doll woman.


Many things influenced fashion in the 1960s.  Social mobility, daring fashion photography, easier travel abroad, the Vietnam war, new music of the Beatles and their much copied hairstyles, retro military and ethnic clothes, musicals, pop art and film all played a part.

Lets not forget about the birth of the mini skirt!

By 1966 Mary Quant was producing short waist skimming mini dresses and skirts that were set 6 or 7 inches above the knee.  It would not be right to suggest she invented the fashion mini skirt. In 1965 she took the idea from the 1964 designs by Courrèges and liking the shorter styles she made them even shorter for her boutique Bazaar.  She is rightly credited with making popular a style that had not taken off when it made its earlier appearance.

60’s Hair styles

Mary Quant  sported a sharply cut geometric hairstyle.  One of the most famous and favoured cuts of the era was the 5 point cut by Vidal Sassoon. The hairstyles and the short mine skirts and mini dresses made the mid and late sixties fashion look.


1960’s Fashion photographer: Brian Duffy



Regarded as one of the most ‘dynamic and inventive’ photographers of the 1960s Brian Duffy helped document the ‘swinging sixties’, along with the likes of David Bailey and Terence Donovan.

1960’s Fashion photographer: David Bailey


Bailey’s career and personal life seemed to thrive during the Heyday of the Swinging Sixties, and while at times the public seemed more interested in his colorful exploits than in his photography, it is his work which really speaks for itself and withstands the test of time. In the past, he’s cited Picasso as being his greatest inspiration. “The first half of the century belongs to Picasso and the second half belongs to photography.