Bodies at work: the relationship between the photographer and the photographed at raves and music festivals
Taylor & Francis
School of Arts and Humanities
The crowd at Metro City that night packed the floor and filled the rafters of the multilevel club. I watched the scene unfold before me from the privileged position of the stage, hidden in the wings, out of the bright lights. I waited for the DJ to turn his back so I could take the stage and photograph the crowd. Finally the DJ turned to change the vinyl and I discreetly moved to the middle of the stage. The response to my appearance was far from discreet. The front rows of the crowd raised their arms and screamed like their favourite song had just begun, but that adulation was for me. They knew my name and some shouted it, they knew my brand and website and they wanted to be a part of the performance, to be immortalised on film.