When most people think of nightclubs they think of drinking, dancing and enjoying the music. All I think about is taking photos.
Nightlife photography was my entry point into photography and has shaped my view through the lens. Where some may see a venue full of people having fun I think about the best way to capture the fun!
My style has changed over the six years I've been shooting in clubs, not mention the image quality, but the element that I've always tried to emphasise and emulate is the mood the venue attempts to attain. In larger clubs, such as 53 Degrees and MODE, I try to showcase the breadth and depth of the clientele. Other clubs and nights focus more on atmosphere, music and decor, which is reflected in my editing process. Paradise by way of Kensal Green and Awake are prime examples of this. Other venues and promotions such as Beats of Rage and QueerlyOut are primarily focused on who attends rather than where the party is.
Recently I have moved away from the traditional style 'two up' photos of revellers posing for the camera and instead try to be more discreet. The resulting photos are more candid and natural, giving a real view on the experience a customer can expect to have. I have found that with this more laid back style the quantity of photos had decreased but the quality has shot through the roof, which I attribute to a more comfortable subject. Very few people enjoy having a camera shoved in their face, much less when they are a few drinks worse for wear, and in stepping back from the scene I have become an observer rather than a participant giving the photos a chance to speak for itself.
Below are a selection of my favourite photos from various venues through the years with a whole gamut of nightlife showcased from warehouse parties and electro raves through to chilled out funk & soul nights and LGBT bars.
I am available for hire but am trying to phase it out in favour of more daytime friendly work, and as a result am very selective with my choices.