Beautiful Freaks

"Beautiful Freaks" pays tribute to London's glittering creatures of the night". Time Out London, Critics Choice

"Beautiful Freaks celebrates the flamboyant and fabulous faces lighting up East London after-dark". i-D Magazine

"Wie schräg und wunderschön die "Beautiful Freaks" des Fotografen Ralf Obergfell sind, zeigt jetzt eine Ausstellung mit demselben Titel". Berliner Zeitung

The body of photographic work that makes up Beautiful Freaks finds its origins specifically back in 2005, at the time when East London's Electro scene started to gain real momentum. I became a regular attendee of the much-loved Trailer Trash nights, capturing the magic of this poly-sexual party's own after-dark legends and befriending many of them, too. Continuing to chronicle the more extreme enclaves of club kids, disco freaks and trannies, I persistently zoomed-in on the new generation of exotic creatures at a new wave of events, including GutterSlut (the party I co-founded), Gay Bingo, Horse Meat Disco (at their first NYC Downlow as part of Glastonbury), and other knees-ups of note, such as performance artist Jonny Woo's birthday party or Tony Hornecker's regularly staged Pale Blue Door restaurant.

My photographic interpretations of the remarkable characters that I have discovered on my nocturnal travels avoid the distant stance of the voyeur, though. Instead the pictures I present make for a celebratory and highly-involved testament to those whose lives - reinvented, transformed; made better, brighter, louder, wilder and lived-out to the max - are a fantastic confusion of reality-meets-performance, with the disco as a stage.

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  • Beautiful Freaks Exhibition