Or “WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS?“
Firstly, I am a huge fan of the amazing, brilliant work of Chris Spencer aka Cold War Steve. As someone living through the most turbulent political and social times of a generation in Brexshit and then Covid I really appreciate the absurd and surreal in his work – it encapsulates the chaos we’re in so successfully in a single image but at the same time lifts my spirits.
So why do an archive?
I would quite often scroll back through Twitter to see how far I could go back and whether I could see the very first piece but it was a really frustrating process. Quite often Twitter would land me back at the start or I’d lose my place. I’d notice that gaps started appearing in the timeline and it would skip days meaning some of his posts don’t show up due to some Twitter algorithmic-weirdness that escapes me. The further back in time you scroll the less you see, like entering some data fog. So that became the aim… to bring his incredible body of work together in a space that’s easy to browse and take in.
As a bit of an art fan too I have a few of his prints on my walls (and the odd jigsaw) so this site satisfies a bit of that completist, collector itch I have.
So this site is split into years and the images start from January at the top of the page running through to December. Underneath each image is a link that takes you back to the original Twitter post, the home of this extraordinary output, where you can read and enjoy the brilliant comments Chris receives from the large community of followers he’s grown.
Thanks for visiting.
PS I did a Q&A with the fine people of the The Social when the site launched. You can read it here.