Friday Swipe: Danish drama, surreal plants and Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings

These six things have caught my eyes and ears this week or thereabouts.

Cry Wolf

As a sucker for Danish drama, I found DR’s eight-part 2020 series Cry WolfUlven kommer – a tense and absorbing watch. Starring Flora Ofelia Hofmann Lindahl as 14-year-old Holly and the great Bjarne Henriksen as social worker Lars, the series ekes out the truth behind the teenager’s disputed claim of abuse in the Mølgård Hansen family home.

My captain

Tyrone Mings is different. A Premier League footballer with a pronounced social conscience and an articulate activist to boot, his unorthodox path to the England national team undoubtedly shaped his outlook. He told that story via England Football, reinforcing the fairly obvious fact that he’s a hero. I’m proud that he is the captain of Aston Villa.

100 Greatest Football Shirt Templates

On the subject of football, my old friend Chris Oakley has embarked upon his latest lengthy labour of love. Through his Kitbliss illustrations he has begun to chart an unholy number of football shirt templates from history. Those already revealed include Umbro’s ‘Plume’, Pony’s ‘Affirm’ and Hummel’s ‘Borderline’.


Variegation II by Tom Leighton

Tom Leighton’s gorgeous series Variegation II features his nocturnal photographs of plants in Cornwall that emit light through their chemical processes. Leighton killed the greens in the studio, keeping the focus on the spectacular pinks and blues that remain. According to his Colossal feature, the images represent the plants’ conversion of light into energy.

Eric Kogan’s city birds

Having already made clear my love of black and white photography, it was inevitable that street photographer Eric Kogan’s shots of urban birds (plenty of them in colour, too) would capture my imagination. Kogan’s composition in the series, as featured on Ignant, brilliantly brings the abstract into mundane moments of reality.

Yesterday’s theatres

This one has been in my back pocket for a couple of weeks but is worth sharing. Movie Theaters is a new book from photographers Yves Marchand and Romaine Meffre, and it documents the myriad fates and uses of American arts buildings in various states of decay, abandonment or rebirth.