Brighton Pride 2016 - A colourful documentary photography adventure

August 08, 2016  •  1 Comment

Having never experienced a Pride event before I decided to attend the UK's biggest in Brighton this weekend. The idea being to tell the story by photographing those that attend rather than the parade or festival itself. I wasn't wrong in thinking it might be a very colourful event!

I decided to limit myself to just one 35mm lens. Many reasons for this set up but mostly because this lens and camera are very small and discreet. I wanted people to remain natural and relaxed, enjoying the festival rather than posing for my camera. Also changing lens amongst glitter bombs, crowds and beers generally isn't a good idea! I also like the challenge of having no zoom/tele lens since it means getting up close to form that visual relationship with the subject and makes it the photograph feel more realistic. I used the Sony Zeiss 35/f2.8 on a Sony A7II camera body.

Being lucky to have a friend that lives in Brighton means I had a Pride guide who could show me all the right places. She took me along to the Parade on the seafront, the main Festival at Preston Park, The Pride Village Party in Kemptown and a few stops in between to soak up the Brighton life. I have been to lots of festivals before and found this to be one of the friendliest and definitely the funniest festival I have been to. The "Legends of Cabaret" tent featuring the drag queens acts was entertaining and hilarious with crowd participation like I had never seen before.

It doesn't really matter what your sexual preference is, everyone can attend Pride. I am straight, which is why I hadn't thought to go before but now, if the train station can sort their act out, then I will definitely be going again. A perfect chilled weekend of entertainment, colour and laughs.

You will see that right from the start and all the way through Brighton Pride 2016 was blessed with sunshine. This is just a small selection to show the story of people enjoying Brighton Pride 2016. 
(low quality images for speed as I'm still mobile so sent from my phone! I will update soon with higher quality finished images soon. Just wanted you to be able to see them now!).

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. In the "Legends of Cabaret" tent with the Drag Queen acts:
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The Main Stage at the Preston Park Pride Festival with Sister Sledge headlining:
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It was only a few years ago that the scene below might have been the start of an arrest. Times have moved on and the law has slowly caught up. The police I met and Brighton Pride were all smiling, friendly and sometimes even dancing but I felt that this scene captured acceptance best.
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Adam de-Ste-Croix
Sainte Croix Photography

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Jimmy(non-registered)
Fab pics and the last one - gorgeous!
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