Drawing on ten yearsof queer nightlife
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
Having learned as much as I could from clubs and crowds, I moved towards drag and cabaret, especially those I was lucky enough to call friends. I was in-house photographer for the ShayShay Show, shot Harry Clayton-Wright across many of their projects, then Miss Behave shooting on the South Bank, and shot a few acts at the Edinburgh Fringe. I was in love with the drama of stage lighting, but also the frenetic chaos of back stage and behind the scenes candids.
My first real foray into portraiture was 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.
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
Now it's all about the portraits; I love making real connections with people, getting to know my subjects and maybe 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!