Words by Derek Ridgers:
”It didn’t start out as any sort of project. And I admit that my choice of clubs and subjects was never comprehensive, anything but. I only ever went to those clubs that I knew attracted the sort of clientele that would want to be photographed. The peacocks and the show-offs and the kind of people that I could never have been myself (but might secretly have always wanted to be).
I started out photographing punks and teddy boys. Then skinheads and new romantics. I was never quite able to stop myself. It became a kind of compulsion, my life’s work almost.
My quest to record London’s dark carnival of vibrant and interesting young people has now stretched across five decades. Whether I’ll continue, I don’t know but I would not bet against it.”
(The Dark Carnival is published by Carpet Bombing Publishing)