I only had about one hour to check out the Pride parade today, so I went for the site of preparation pre-parade at Tantolunden. It was several years since I quit photographing the parade itself. Not because It´s not fun, but I find it a bit boring from a street photographers perspective.
For once, it pretty much looks the same year after year, and I can´t stand repeating my self. I also find it much more interesting to photograph people off guard, no matter if they are participating in the parade or are spectators. To bad I didn’t have the time to burn some rubber on the sidewalks today, but at least I´m convinced some are ;)
Anyway. The parade is a great thing, and something you should support in one way or the other. Sweden is an open society, but some countries and religions still forbids homosexuality, so a manifestation in Sweden should be seen as a support for all of those HBT-people out there.
Ps 1. I went for black and white for this images, since I think it peels off some of the painted surface of my subjects. The main problem though, was that as soon as I was spotted, the posing begun. Maybe this is where the Bruce Gilden style of shooting, in your face close up with a flash, would work well. Nah – I like the shadows too much to start adding artificial stuff.
Ps 2: The woman below was actually completely naked, except for a towel and shoes. I recognized her from last year when she – naked of course – was preparing for the parade. I couldn´t hear what the guy was telling here, but it looked like she might had passed the limit of just how open the participants can be. And since this is a blog with high moral standards I´ll show a shot with a clever balloon cover, saving the juicy stuff for later. ;)
This reminds me of a nice passage in an old novel by one of our greatest Swedish humourists: Tage Danielsson. It goes something like this (translated by yours truly):
In to the room came a man, dressed in nothing but a high hat. And on his head, he wore a turban.
Maybe a suitable costume for next years parade?
See ya later!