JJ Waller’s Brighton Pride highlights all the different colours of the Brighton Pride rainbow, ranging from riotous costumes to cashpoint branding exercises, mixed with a smattering of exposed buttocks. JJ has been photographing Pride “on and off over 12 years”, giving him a wealth of images to draw upon for this book.
Brief quotes are peppered throughout to reflect a range of opinions on the festivities. I ask JJ himself how it has changed over time. “In a few central ways hardly at all, still the same party atmosphere and still hugely popular with locals. It has also become more ‘formally’ organised to accept its obligations to public safety.”
The pages are brimming with people of every stripe, dancing or marching, celebrating, being unfiltered, colourful and gregarious. Enjoy this year’s Pride, however you choose to celebrate.
JJ Waller’s Brighton Pride, £12.99 is available from Waterstones. Find an exhibition of his Pride images in the Dog and Bone Gallery’s telephone boxes in Powis Square, 1-31 Aug. Open 24 hours.