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To me, the counterculture was always what I grew up with the hippies in the late 60s. But, however you define it, its really the excesses of youth and its something that everyone goes through to some extent. Or if they dont, they should do.
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That's one of the wonderful things about the whole process of photography - eye contact can be very revealing.

— Derek Ridgers

Once I became a photographer, it stopped me being scared or intimidated by gangs of young men of whatever stripe. Initially, I could hide behind my camera but eventually I came to realize that if I was polite and friendly to them, then they probably would be to me too - a good life lesson.

— Derek Ridgers

Only a very small proportion of us take those excesses with us into later life. In the age before everyone had a camera, it was worthwhile, in my opinion, to record those excesses. Sometimes, many times actually, the young people I photographed were only dressed that way for one night; that one night that they got snapped by me.

— Derek Ridgers

Many nightclubs from this era were very loud and very dark. Plus some of the best ones were incredibly crowded. To begin with, I could seldom get back far enough to get people into frame from head to foot and when I could, people would be constantly walking in front of me all the time. Then I bought a 24-mm lens and only had to be four or five feet away.

— Derek Ridgers

Anyway, the fetish crowd, compared to some of the people that hung out with the skinheads, was all pussycats.

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The reason why so many of my photographs in the book were taken in stairwells and corridors was that that was the only bit of spare space available and, in some cases, the only place where there was enough light to see anything. Even then, it was often so dark that I couldn't tell which gender my subject was (not that I particularly cared) and too dark, before the era of autofocus, to focus. I had to find a light (or carry a torch) and pre-focus.

— Derek Ridgers

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