THERE WAS A TIME WHEN WE THOUGHT WE WERE THE ABSOLUTE CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE: THAT EVERYTHING EXCITING AND WILD WAS HAPPENING IN OUR MUSIC, AT OUR VENUES AND OUR NIGHTS FROG, NAMBUCCA, WHITE HEAT, AND KOKO. WHEN THE MUSIC WE LOVED BROUGHT US BACK AGAIN AND AGAIN FOR NIGHTS THAT GAVE '00s LONDON ITS POWERFULLY UNIQUE IDENTITY.
About the Show
Gregory Nolan was part of the scene, at the height of the action he was photographing six nights a week. Because of this, the collection invites the viewer to an inside track—asks us to join the front row, jump on stage, live with wild abandon. This is documentary photography from the inside, right in the midst of the heart of the scene. There is no distance between photographer and subject.
This is documentary photography from the inside, right in the midst of the heart of the scene.
Gregory Nolan began taking photos because of his love of the indie scene around him. He discovered a passion for capturing energy and spirit through photography--something that has contributed to his professional development as he has toured with bands including Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, BASTILLE, Dropkick Murphys, and more. Originally from Ireland, his passion for music and photography has taken him to unexpected places and projects, from creating a documentary book for Bastille, a documentary film for Frank Turner, an online storytelling archive of unsigned Irish musicians, and other projects from mainland Europe to the US. It all started on these sweaty venues in '00s London, and this collection is the heart of who he is as a photographer.
This WAs our scene
A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION OF LONDON’S OO’S INDIE SCENE BY IRISH PHOTOGRAPHER GREGORY NOLAN
AT FUMBALLY EXCHANGE FROM 19 - 22 OCTOBER 2017
The first exhibition of this collection, "This Was Our Scene", features images of the after parties, venues, dance floors, stages, and backstages of the 00’s London Indie music scene. Individuals pictured include Frank Turner, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, Amy Winehouse, Dan Smith (Bastille), and many others, although the scene was about far more than the spotlight. Nolan captured it like no one else and from every imaginable angle, but most of all, from the inside.
"Greg was absolutely integral to the indie scene in London in its halcyon days, where I started out as a musician and met most of my closest friends. The shots in the show capture the spirit and energy of that unique moment in history perfectly; looking through them took me back there vividly." - Frank Turner
An opening event will be held Thursday, October 19th (details to be confirmed shortly). Prints will be available for sale, and photographer Gregory Nolan will be available to sign his work.