Looking at photos of people partying gives me the same tingly happy feeling you get when you hear -that-song-you-heard-the-other-night-when-everyone-was-going-mental. Good party photography will capture a moment of pure freedom from the daily grind; the let-your-hair-down joy that comes with clubbing. No worries; just music, and smiles, and dancing, and sitting at the back having heart felt conversations with someone you’ve only just met -what’s your name again?-
The Ibiza: Moments in Love exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts is a time portal into the island Ibiza once was:
The first thing that really strikes me about these photographs is the people’s style; care free and costume-like. I would love to rock up to a club with my tatas out and a bit of silver paint on the nips. And why shouldn’t I. (Pass the silver paint)
As well as these photographs the exhibition contains past artefacts; magazines, posters, signed tickets, mix tapes etc. I’m glad to say that I have a shoe box in my room that is absolutely full to the brim with my own collection of similar items. I keep everything. I’m going to have to get a bigger box soon.
All photos above were taken by me at the Ibiza: Moments in Love Exhibition. It’s on until the 2nd of Feb so if you’re in London go down and check it out http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/ibiza-moments-love. The photographs featured are a set of previously unpublished pictures by the British photographer Derek Ridgers taken at Ku in 1984.