Drag Race UK superstar Bimini Bon Boulash poses in a playful 1960s style bob made from vintage polaroids in new London exhibition

Drag Race UK superstar Bimini Bon Boulash has posed in a playful 1960s style bob made entirely from vintage polaroids for a unique new London exhibition opening in March.
London photographer Colin Hutton has painstakingly created a series of portraits over two years during lockdown, depicting figures with elaborate head pieces that are made from celebrated recording formats of the past, from audio cassette, VHS, polaroid and 35mm film.
At the heart of this unique project is a passion for and celebration of the creativity and technology that has collectively recorded and shaped our cultural experiences.
“The original inspiration for the series came from seeing a punk. His multi-coloured Mohican looked like it was made from records, and I was inspired to attempt to make one out of vinyl.” Colin Hutton
Visual archetypes and subcultures including punk and disco are revived and celebrated using materials synonymous with certain periods such as vinyl, cassette tapes and polaroid photos. The headpieces are constructed with exceptional detail. In the image of the punk the Mohican is made exclusively from punk vinyl originally released in the 1970s, the Disco Diva Afro is made from Donna Summer’s Bad Girls cassettes sourced online. Hutton personally sourced all the era specific materials with authenticity in mind, endlessly searching on eBay to find the perfect cultural pieces from these exact moments in time.
“It was very important to me that original materials were used in the portraits. I sourced nearly all the materials second-hand and developed a great appreciation for the magic of eBay. Who knew there was a thriving international market for vintage polaroids? Where else could you purchase over forty copies of That’s What I Call Music CD’s or Super 8 Prints of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho?” Colin Hutton
The exhibition brings together a personal journey of discovery, involving incredible technical precision and research. Hutton recounts a plethora of obstacles he faced along the way such as the difficulty attaching hundreds of Micro SD Cards onto a model’s head. He was able to accomplish the elaborate head piece under the guidance of prosthetics expert Ben Brown, who worked on Guardians of the Galaxy. The research for this series has been a lengthy process, spanning several years; background images were taken at a diverse range of sites; from underwater, a disused military testing site, to the underside of a motorway.
FORMATS is a series of pictures which draws attention to media formats, such as vinyl, cassette, polaroid, and film, and plays with both form and expectation. It casts a nostalgic eye on the moments and creatives that have shaped our cultural history and the technologies used to record and preserve them.