I’ve decided I’m going to post a photo essay every week, and what better place to start than where I started my trip – Ibiza.
Ibiza is an island off the southern coast of Spain, 79 km away from the city of Valencia. It is a vacation destination for many, but is particularly popular with British families and clubbers worldwide. A main party destination, it’s said to have the biggest and best clubs in the world and draws electronic music enthusiasts from everywhere.
I chose Ibiza as my first working destination because of an experience I’d had in Ios, Greece 10 years earlier. The idea being that it was an island that required a ton of people to work during the summer, most of whom would be foreigners. I went expecting to tend bar, but ran into work permit issues and changed plans. Through the three weeks of networking I’d done trying to get the bartending gig, I found a job working as a photographer for a British website focusing on the clubs, which was stroke of good luck. I’d gone with a plan of hitting each of the big six clubs at least once, and ended up working the clubs 5-6 nights a week and running a team of four photographers scattered around the island.
This Essay is part two of four and focuses on the dancers. Part one focused on the DJs. In coming weeks, the other categories will be Clubs, and Clubbers.
In addition to standard dancers, Pasha had a special group of girls that would come out a couple times a night, often with props such as this motorcycle
The Dancers at Pete Tong's Wonderland had elaborate fantasy costumes.
Another Wonderland dancer with an intricate necklace.
Clubs would often include other type of performers, including circus type acts like contortionists and swing or rope performers.
Tuesdays were known for Ibiza Rocks - a rock concert at a hotel venue followed by Reclaim The Dance Floor, their club night at Eden.
A fire dancer does his thing at the seal pit, one of three main areas for music at the Zoo Project.
A performer for The Zoo Project, a club on Saturdays that used and abandoned zoo as its venue.
The makeup, costumes and movement often made the dancers great, but difficult, photographic subjects.
The costumes worn by the dancers on the island ran from full body suits like this to next to nothing, depending on the club and that night's theme.
As Pasha had more of a Spanish clientele than most of the other clubs, they were usually a bit more elaborate with their dance crews than some of the other clubs.
A dancer in the main room at Pasha with the club in the background.
One of the things I really like about shooting the dancers is the movement you can sometimes capture when the lighting works out.