The Sun is rising and Sleaze Ball party will come to an end soon. It is an extremely long night for everyone who stays up until this hour: the party goers, staff and myself. Entertainment Quarter is filled with traces of all-night decadence.
Sleaze Ball is a major fund raiser event for Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Each year has its theme for everyone to dress up with. This year is about being a freak in Zirkus. Entertainment Quarter is ready for a long night of self-indulgence.
Party goers are superficially fabulous. They come to me and ask if I want to take a photo of them. Posers are the least I am interested in but I just cannot say no to them. Then, a young man sees his photo on my camera display and comments “I don’t think it’s good, not sharp enough”. What a constructive criticism from someone who I have met for 30 seconds! I just shrug, walk away and delete the photo.
However, I decide to pursue my approach by getting intimate on the dance floor and stepping back in a distance in order to see in the different perspectives. It works. I find that it is the most enjoyable gay dance party I have been involved in.
After the success of Mardi Gras: the Slide Show, I, amongst other photographers and media persons, am accredited for the Spring New Mardi Gras dance party, Sleaze Ball. This year’s theme is Zirkus. On the media briefing session, we get the chance to see the dress rehearsal of a stage performance. Hordern Pavilion is almost empty and waiting for the dressed-up crowd to glide in and colour this Entertainment Quarter (formerly known as Fox Studio).
It is getting dark at Earthdance and the event will be wrapped up soon. Everyone is making to most of it.
It has been an intense week for me. I was pushing myself by going to Earthdane festival and having a massive batch of the event photographs while having two major personal commitments coming up: the interview for Australian citizenship on Friday and IELTS test on the next day. However, I’m glad I can relax at some point, for now.
The vibe is in the air. Earthdance is a music festival taking place around the world simultaneously. Apparently, Sydney is the biggest one of all. These days, fence seems to be a norm in Sydney. This one is to mark liquor licensed area. Is this supposed to be a modern hippie event or spring indulgence?