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Yesterday, I had a really nice shooting with the collective of musicians F-ire, so much fun.

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Last Sunday I went to shoot at Erotica, the largest erotic show in the world. People were free to wear what they wanted, many women were wearing just lingerie and it was good to see the sexual freedom of many couples. No tabu at all!!

 

October 15th, 2010.

The party is titled Bal Argentèe. It is held at Stoke Place, situated in the countryside, one hour from London. The three storey ‘William and Mary’ style house was built as a family home in 1690 by Patrick Lamb. Later, east and west wings were added to the building creating a substantial and impressive country house and the infamous talents of Capability Brown turned the surrounding grounds into a quintessential rural idyll. Stoke Place is now a 30 bedroom hotel.

The coach to go there leaves from Hanover Square, near Oxford circus. i can e already the atmosphere inside. People chat and already drink, even without bar. Small bottle of spirits and wine spread along the seats. Many people wear silver dresses because of the theme of the night. The countryside house is surrounded by grass and style is lovely. A nice twister stairs go up to the first floor, the wall is green and decorated by many empty frames and long chandelier which hang down in the middle and light up this corner. I go inside a room where many dresses are ready to be worn by the guests, women and gentlemen.

In the backyard a beautiful lady with a white dress plays chess with two gentlemen with the light comes from the house and long shadows reach out the forest around. The Astrological Cocktail Lounge feature a zodiac cocktail list and it a perfect spot to observe the night sky. And many more surprises…

September 25th, 2010

The French phrase ‘La Belle Epoque’ refers to the pre-war ‘fine period’ typified by extravagant dressing and the height of luxury living for the elite.

At the door Nadia give me a really nice welcome. She is very nice with me, she brings me inside and she orders a drink at the bar, a nice cocktail with a delicate taste of lemon. It sounds to be in the 20’s in America, but I am in East London. Can can dancers, acrobatic performance, Montmarte music, corsets and much more. The room is quite dark, few chandeliers light the bar upstairs, some spotlights light up the acrobats, a nice woman makes face paintings and red curtains on the walls give a touch of glamour to the room. But the modern disco music during the last two hours I think is not really appropriate.

Saturday September 11th.

I take two bus to get to the secret location in Dalston. I have the address and the name of the Club: BOYS CLUB. I look for it, but it is so difficult to find it. I ask someone in the street, but they don’t knowexactly where it is. Ok. I decide to go back to the bus stop and have a look the map there. So, now I know where the street is located. I find it but at the number I have I can see a sort of house which looks like a church and finally I can read on the top of the main door BOYS CLUB. Great news. I knock the door and someone open it. At the entrance a couple of guys were chatting in front of decadent stairs and old frames on the wall. I go through another door and a nice lady seats at a table with the light of only one candle. I told her my name and explain that I talked by email with Die-Freche Muse but she says that this is the name of the party, while she is looking for my name with difficulty. Finally after 2 minutes she find myself and I have free access. The light is very low, the place is surreal, the music is from the 40’s and the people wearing vintage clothes is busy for drinking and chatting. The atmosphere is amazing. Lovely girls are around. They are really fascinating. Baron Von Sanderson is the organizer of the event. On the balcony upstairs people smoke and slowly the room, during the night, smell of smoke. A nice Asian woman perform burlesque, a singer sing live French songs while a gentleman play a classical guitar. The dj plays vintage music and people have fun dancing in couple, like many years ago. There is also a group of very young guys. Vintage doesn’t have age!!!!

Last Monday I went to shoot the huge parade of Notting Hill Carnival in London. I shot for more than 5 hours. It was a lovely day. Sunshine all day and a lot of fun for the visitors and the performers. Second only to Rio’s Carnival , the Notting Hill Carnival celebrates freedom trough music, movement and masquerade.
More than 1 million visitors watched the thousands of artists perform over the two-day August bank holiday.
Flamboyant costumes, eclectic music and fantastically adorned floats all contributed to the iconic event.
The parade ran for 3.5 miles in London, from Westbourne Park with thousand performers.

You can buy some pictures from Alamy on: http://www.alamy.com/stock-photography/C0D7B736-EEFB-4491-82CF-27C1EA9E752D/1/Marco%20Mega.html

And you can see the complete gallery on: http://www.demotix.com/news/425216/parade-during-carnival-notting-hill-2010.

I think the members of New Sheridans Club would ike to see more pictures for that special night. The light was really low and technically difficult to take picture. I hate flash because it kills the warm atmosphere. So, I decided to use only the tiny light available and try get something different.

It is time for the New Sheridans Club summer party “The Far Pavilions” at Salon d’Etè. An amazing vintage atmosphere, the right music, the right clothes, the right people. Candles on the tables light up the guests with a warm light, a lovely singer on the stage performs with a band, a funny game is played on the stage, shooting a flying piece of crispy bread is the goal. The social aspect is at the peak and never as now I really feel to be back in the past. I am really fascinated by a lovely woman who is wearing a Victorian dress, her elegance is something indescribable. Mirrors on the wall reflect the person dancing on the floor swing, couples chatting with charm and off course many people have fun drinking and get drunk. This has been the same for ages. Incredible night!!

Civet, a musical group from Los Angeles, performed at Underworld in London yesterday during their European tour. One of them, Roxie, who plays drums, is Stephanie’s friend, my flatmate. They were all our guest in our house for two days. I really enjoyed shoot them at the backstage and during the concert.  This is my first concert and I think I will do more in the future. I knew Dani at the backstage, a really nice girl from Germany, who made a fantastic chocolate cake, served with ice cream at the end. You can see her tattoos on her feet in one picture.

For more info you can have a look on: http://www.myspace.com/civet

An exciting night yesterday at Proud Club in London with Tassel Club. Scarlett Martini from Rome, Banbury Cross, Sophia St Viller, Peacock and more performed in a fantastic glamour atmosphere. A mix of vintage, music, dresses, lingerie, strip tease.

This afternoon there was the parade during the festival Carnaval del Pueblo, the largest Latin American event in Europe, held in London, UK, between Elephant Road and Burgess Park. So much fun, music and groups from all the Latin American countries celebrate.