Drawing on ten yearsof queer nightlife

Club photography

After moving to east London I started club photography for a few of my favourite haunts like Shake Yer Dix, Douchebag and Push the Button. It was a delight capturing moments of unguarded joy (while skipping some of the mess), as well as showing people the fun they'd forgotten! It was there that I developed a documentary style aiming for genuine moments that I maintain.

Performers & performances

As I made more friends in the queer club scene I started shooting drag and cabaret shows and performers. I became in-house photographer for the ShayShay Show, shot Harry Clayton-Wright across many of their projects, worked with Miss Behave performing In Edinburgh and on the South Bank, and even got to shoot a few acts at the Edinburgh Fringe.

I was in love with the drama of stage lighting, but also the frenetic chaos of backstage and behind the scenes candids.

Living Vivid Exhibition

In 2017 I started a collaborative crusade to learn from, signal-boost and celebrate some of the local icons I knew from queer creative nights like Sink the Pink, The ShayShay Show, Sunday Funday, Cybil's House, Savage and Knickerbocker.

Then in autumn 2018, I had an opportunity to exhibit at Dalston Superstore; forty portraits of kings and queens, club kids and performers, displayed for two months in the same scene that most of them came up in: The circle complete.

Light By Dan

What with Covid and turning 40 my life doesn't revolve around going out anymore, but I've continued with the portrait photography; I love pushing my practice forward, making connections with people, getting to know my subjects and sometimes even changing how they see themselves. Check out the gallery for everyone I've ever lit, or if you're interested in getting some of the magic for yourself you can find out more!