Stags, Hens, and Bunnies, By Dougie Wallace, book review


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Blackpool has an unenviable reputation for its stag and hen parties. Every weekend, marauding packs of prospective brides and grooms fill its streets on a mission to consume dangerous levels of alcohol.  Here, Dougie Wallace captures a town heaving with everything from bunnygirls to banana men.

Girls dressed in togas, all matching gold handbags and neatly-done hair, devil girls, pink ladies, Brownies, guys in drag, wearing salacious T-shirts – each group with the same singular objective, to get as drunk as possible. London-based photographer Wallace grew up in Glasgow.

He is recognised for his expressive social documentary and a distinct and direct style of street photography. As he says: “People, their interactions and emotions, fascinate me … translating this, through my lens, into social wit, criticism and humorous vignettes is what stimulates me.”

 Largely self-taught, he took up photography seriously after Army service.  He believes his Glasgow upbringing helped shape his style, which has been described as hard edged and visually exaggerated, conveying a personalised point of view that is both believable and absurd.