Vauxhall is a special area in London. Many gays might know it for nightlife pleasure. The whole area has a tradition of that, starting with the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in previous centuries. Today the Royal Vauxhall Tavern provides pleasure and performance but also for around 150 years! Performance is a gift of pleasure in both ways – for the people you watch it and for the performer himself or as one put it “You are my therapy”. Today people come here to see “purveyors of progressive working class entertainment” – and hopefully will continue to get entertained for the next 150 years.

The portraits are from two shots for a project at the Royal College of Art, one outside on the streets in between after hour clubs, sex clubs and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. The other was done in the Tavern during it’s successful Saturday’s show “Duckie’s”

Thanks a lot to the Royal Vauxhall team!