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Street photographer Dougie Wallace delves into the "total f------ chaos" of the popular British nightlife spot.
If anyone has a knack for capturing the pocked, outrageous underbelly of British street life, it's Dougie Wallace. The below photo from his series on Blackpool's stag-and-hen parties is comparably tame, as it features no vomit, buttcrack, or wang (that last one's NSFW):
Well, the 30-something Londoner has a new book out, "Shoreditch Wild Life," and it looks every bit as fantastic as his previous voyeuristic collection of the boozy, urine-stained corners of U.K. society. The new tome chronicles Wallace's life in Shoreditch, a London neighborhood he calls "an ideal training ground to practice my photography for the last 15 years." Here's a nice description of the book from author Michael Smith:
Messy, absurd, hilarious, and full to the brim with the joy of being alive on a ... weekend in Shoreditch, these pictures fizz with the throbbing life-force of this peculiar square mile of East London—big black blokes head-to-pointy-toe in gold lamé, a girl squatting in cowboy boots with a plastic pint glass who has the look of someone who's not quite sure what party she's at anymore ... and all the while there's a crashed car upside down in the street while the party gets madder all around it: in short, total fucking chaos, a chaos I've never seen so condensed into one square mile anywhere else.
But pictures speak louder than words, and Wallace has given his blessing to print a few. Have a gander: