Month: February 2015

What im not allowed to show

Elaborating on the previous post, I want to show the secret “classified” photographs that come out of the typical nightclub in a rather posh/middle class part of the UK. A place that you wouldn’t expect these types of photographs to be coming from.

Here are 5 examples of the type of images i’m talking about.





As you can see, the photos are very punchy, vulgar (for the most part) and shocking. Thats exactly what I want to show in my book. No censoring, nothing that would deminish the brutality of the image with an intent to keep the images as free and as shocking as possible. I’m kind of aiming to encourage some sort of emotion out of the viewer. I want them to go “ewww” I want them to comment on how disgusting some of the images are. I dont want it to be a book you look at once and never look at again. I want people to remember it, for the sake of the photography and brutality of it. I want people to actually feel something. Even if it’s just a laugh at someones funny face they’ve just pulled, thats great. I think thats better than just sitting there with no emotion flicking through the pages.

There are rules of what im not allowed to photograph are very clear. I cant upload any photos of overly drunk people, swearing, kissing, nudity or aggressive behavior. So basically i’m choosing to represent the club through my photographs, so whilst working I need to make the club look as appealing and as fun as possible. If i did upload an embarrassing photo of a really drunk woman, it would not only look bad from the clubs point of view, but also it would look bad of myself for uploading it. As at the end of the day my credibility is at risk as well as that of the clubs.

Documentary Perspectives change

So, i’ve diteched the idea of doing portraits of the crew members as it’s kinda of a dead end project that I cant go back to re shoot if I wanted. I feel like if I wanted to change the style of what I was shooting it would be very difficult to do so as I only have a limited amount of photographs to play with. I do still like the images of the crew membembers, but I think for this module, it doesn’t work well enough especially for the book format.

Therefore I’ve decided to change my idea rather late in the game (I seem to enjoy putting myself in this situation) to something i’ve been dieing to do for a while now. I want to showcase some of the most hilarious photos that i’ve taken whilst working as a nightclub photographer. As I have tons of really funny, explicit and disgusting photographs from the past year. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now mainly because I’m technically not allowed to show these images online to anyone because of their nature. I cant upload them to the clubs facebook as it would look bad not only for them, but also for me. So I’ve just been compiling this set of images over the last 40 odd weeks of working there.

So whats the perspective? Well i’m only allowed to upload a certain ‘type’ of photograph to the clubs facebook. A clean, well exposed image with people having a good time which shows off how good the club is. They’re basically advertising images used to entice people to come to the club and have as much of a good time as the people in the photographs are having. I want to go in the complete opposite to the above, I want to show you the most gruesome, explicit and dirty photos I have. I want the book to be really offensive and in your face! There’s no beating around the bush with this book as it is very crude.

They are all very similar however, all shot in the same way and all in the same sort of setting. So it is very repetitive.