I believe taking good nightlife shots isn’t easy. You need to capture the atmosphere, but at the same time remain discrete and not be pushy. Photographer Roy Bridgewood did a great job photographing an A-list Cirque le Soir party. He captured great moments, flamboyant costumes and burlesque atmosphere with a dash of creepiness. And he did it all using minimal gear and many restrictions, and he shared some shooting details and his story with us.
At the beginning of January, I was having a drink with a friend of mine. As it usually goes at this time of year, we asked each other about the New Year’s Eve and what we did that night. He started telling me about his fun night out, and at one point he said: “It was so good, that we don’t have any photos of the evening”. This made me think about tons of stuff, both as a photographer and as someone who likes going out. It mainly made me think about capturing the great moments of our nightlife, and of other super-fun moments of our lives.
Today, there are plenty of paid nightlife photographers. Also, all of us capture nightlife moments with our cell phones. But – what kind of moments do we actually capture? Is it really fun we eternalize – or is it something else? Also, is it different now than it was when we used analog cameras? Does nowadays a lack of photos, instead plenty of them, mean we had a good time?