I’m a party photographer, and it’s good to be back. Here’s some recent highlights. Smile, you fucks.
I was staying with my friend Emily during my visit to Glasgow last week, and I managed to sort a shift in Catty so we headed there for a night of it.
When I moved back to Scarborough in January I had a stab at trying to get back into shooting party photos and aside from Por Favor / Rebel Radics, it just ain’t the same. That said, I’m actually heading into town this evening to shoot Antikz so I’m hoping that’s gonna be a good one and I’m gonna do it sober again.
Anyway, here’s some Catty party photos.
New Year’s Eve tomorrow, meaning Christmas is finally done and last night marked my final shift of the year at Catty.
I don’t particularly celebrate Christmas and this year I put a solid effort in despite not having a place of my own to live and numerous other things that crept up along the way. Inevitably I burned myself out and went back to my old ways, but I at least managed to deal with it better.
Doesn’t matter how hopeless things get, and this year proved if you can find yerself some good cunts to be around it makes the world of difference.
Enough on that, here’s a selection of photos from over the Christmas period.
This is the second of a two parter on my birthday. I haven’t written the first part yet, but that will follow in a few days or so.
To be honest, I probably wasn’t even going to write a birthday blog but given that the day culminated in my ejection from the studio space I’d been hiring for approximately 52 minutes, I figured I’ll write something about it.
Anyway, this is a selection of photos from the catty as I was working as per. A few pals came along, and I got real drunk and apparently ordered 12 corn on’t cobs from KFC afterwards.
There’s 31 photos here, and I swear that was a coincidence.
This weekend Catty turned 27.
I’ve been working there weekly for the better part of 2 years now and it’s quite true that no other club feels quite like the Cathouse.
I wasn’t working last night, and instead headed out without my camera and had a few drinks which culminated in a walk home around 7am… but here’s a selection of photos from the Friday, anyway.
I almost had a sober night last night, I had about 3 or 4 pints of water and then around 1am Alix set me off and gave me a sip of her vodka and then bought me a double and then the next thing I know I was buying drinks and on a level I didn’t expect to be on.
As mentioned in my last post, due to it being way cheaper I’m using a lens made for crop sensor body on my full frame D610, so the lens vignettes pretty heavily at 10-13, but about 14mm the vignette is almost gone and what’s left is pretty much the equivalent of shooting a 20mm lens.
I’ve wanted a 20mm lens for club work for a while, but always got by with my 24. The extra room actually makes a massive difference when shooting groups of people on a packed dance floor, that and when shooting just one or two people, the extra ambient light the lens lets in is just way more pleasing to my eye.
The lens can distort like crazy around the edges but also we’re looking at party photos of drunk people so you really shouldn’t give a shit about that.
Plans I made last night went tits up so I headed to the casino, made a little money, and then headed to Catty for a night out as Stephen was in taking photos.
Jazz had a couple of pals visiting from England and also headed out. We all kept bumping into each other throughout the night. I also kept running into my pal Emily who was out with a couple of pals and I haven’t seen her in way too long. That’s what I love about Catty, familiar faces appear everywhere.
The club is daaaark, and I was shooting without a flash. As a result, the focus didn’t hit 100% of the time. All photos were at 3200 iso (and still mostly pushed 4 stops), around 1/60th, shooting wide open at f2 giving my my new xf35mmf2 lens a serious work out.
I’ve said it before a million times, but the Fuji jpegs are stunning. I feel like this could wind up some tech-snobs, but even with the grain simulation turned off, the noise structure on the jpegs is beautiful. Even if you don’t agree, and the only negative thing you can comment on is a photo being ‘too noisy’ then most of the time it’s not even a comment worth voicing.
Anyway, enough of that. I’m paying the price of two consecutive nights out right now and I need to go clean the vomit outta my sink, and also watch House.