WE ARE HERE

Freedom. In simple terms, we consider this a life lived without constraint, oppressive or self-imposed.

A life without regard for society's expectation of normalcy; one in tune with your own personal frequency, holding its own alongside those of the people around you, harmony be damned.

Ayomide Abolaji, Oz Akinyemi by Metrolink tram services in Manchester
Ayomie & Oz at Foundation Coffee House Northern Quarter

Through gritty 35mm scans of a Mancunian Queen & Slim, a mother/daughter Thelma & Louise, and Jaren as the face of Manchester’s 90s-driven youth scene, the Crew ruminate on the idea of finding freedom on the run, à la Queen & Slim...

Living life on your own terms, claiming space in the face of the stifling pressures of everyday life. With this story, we beckon a new wave of cultural icons, the everyday renegades who rebel simply by existing. Come as you are.

We are here.

VAGUE DIGITAL in Manchester's Northern Quarter | Queen & Slim UK
VAGUE DIGITAL in Manchester's Northern Quarter | Queen & Slim UK
VAGUE DIGITAL at Foundation Coffee House Northern Quarter | Queen & Slim UK
VAGUE DIGITAL in the Northern Quarter, Manchester | Queen & Slim UK
VAGUE DIGITAL at Tib Street NCP Car Park Manchester
VAGUE DIGITAL in Manchester's Northern Quarter | Queen & Slim UK
VAGUE DIGITAL at the HATCH Manchester | Queen & Slim UK
VAGUE DIGITAL at Affleck's in Manchester's Northern Quarter | Queen & Slim UK
VAGUE DIGITAL in Manchester's Northern Quarter | Queen & Slim UK
VAGUE DIGITAL in Manchester's Northern Quarter | Queen & Slim UK
VAGUE DIGITAL in Manchester's Northern Quarter | Queen & Slim UK
VAGUE DIGITAL in Manchester's Northern Quarter | Queen & Slim UK
VAGUE DIGITAL at HOME Manchester | Queen & Slim UK
VAGUE DIGITAL in Manchester's Northern Quarter | Queen & Slim UK
VAGUE DIGITAL in Manchester's Northern Quarter | Queen & Slim UK
VAGUE DIGITAL in Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre | Queen & Slim UK
VAGUE DIGITAL at Affleck's in Manchester's Northern Quarter | Queen & Slim UK

"BE YOUR OWN LEGACY"

CREDITS

actors:

queen - ayomide abolaji

slim - oz akinyemi

louise - audrey mattis

thelma - feya mattis

scene kid - jaren groves

people of manchester:

colin (home)

amber mao & sean yu

alistair hall (a vinyl resting place)

crew:

creative direction - karina so.

photography - suji so.

cinematography - funke alafiatayo

BTS video - karina so., suji so.

production - karina so., mo ray

art direction/design - karina so.
runner - mnna mohammed

VAGUE DIGITAL in Manchester's Northern Quarter | Queen & Slim UK
VAGUE DIGITAL in Foundation Coffee House Northern Quarter | Queen & Slim UK
VAGUE DIGITAL in Manchester's Northern Quarter | Queen & Slim UK

special thanks:

foundation coffee house

royal exchange theatre

home

audrey mattis

seun shey

fola (skitzo)

the VAGUE community