Another last dance

Making fun of the last dance. 1981/1982 The Arboretum club, Nottingham.

Announced as a “last dance” the final record of the evening tended to be a slow romantic ballad to encourage the coupling of new or existing partners.

For people in groups or uncoupled this was the opportunity to drink up and start putting on their coats but for some it was time to rebel and make a statement.

(Interesting to look at nightlife pictures taken (by others) more recently, seems there has been a shift in behavior since the 1970s / 1980s, a more “mass experience” crowd based aesthetic)

BBC Radio Nottingham 1981, live on air, mikes closed.

BBC Radio studio Nottingham, record playing on air whilst matters are discussed. March 1981.

This was going to be part of a project on the entertainment industry that I had negotiated with the course leader Euan Duff, it was never used as the project became more nightlife based.

Dancing class

Image taken in the main hall of the Nottingham YMCA during a dancing class. Im drawn to this image as it is so “quiet”.

This was part of a second year photo documentary project at Trent Polytechnic. Taken in either 1981 or 1982.

In retrospect photographing the raw energy and chaos of the younger classes and the more refined formal dancing of the older classes gave me a spectrum of images reflective of life’s progression. 

The learning process
giving space to enjoyment

Saturday night

The Palais in Nottingham in 1982 or 83. Part of my nightlife project as a photography student at Trent Polytechnic. Hand held photography at night using film was not overly easy.

Kiev 4A camera, 50mm lens. Likely shot wide open (f2.8) 1/25th of a second,  HP5 film plus extended development


One of the last images in a series on nightlife in Nottingham.