Tristan O’Niel’s rave photography encapsulates the sweaty bliss of jun

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The timing of your work captured a pivotal moment in the UK rave scene, as your work continues to feature in exhibitions such as move/003. How do you feel now when you look back at your work from that time?

I feel like I was a part of something special, something that people now look back at as history, a time that cannot be brought back of course, but the music lives on and hints at what it was like for young people. It brings back memories for those who were there. Iā€™m happy that I was there and can help people remember the time and let younger people get an idea of what it was like.

move/003 is about capturing the experience of the rave, which is the very essence of your photography, how would you describe the atmosphere in the rave in the 90s/00s?

It was often hot and sweaty, full of lights, with lasers flashing everywhere and smoke from the smoke machines. Everyone would be dancing, no one caring, just having fun, guided by the music, moved by the huge bass, watching the dancers on stage, listening to the MCs and the DJs as if they were controlling the crowd, everyone possessed by the music with their friends, and having the time of their lives after a long week at work.

Tristan’s work is currently being displayed at the move/003 exhibition, curated by SHERELLE and fyn studio, at London’s 180 Strand. To check it out, sign up for a free time slot here.

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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