New photography book documents UK rave culture from 2000 to 2005

New photography book documents UK rave culture from 2000 to 2005

UK-based photographer Matthew Smith is set to release his second book: Full On. Non-Stop. All Over – a photography book that captures human rave behaviour between 2000 & 2005.

At the turn of the millennium when Matthew started the project (working out of Bristol), he travelled the length and breadth of the country, capturing events of every genre and culture. The results of which provided an intimate snapshot of UK club culture.

Here’s what Matthew said about the new book, and why he waited until now to release it:

“We now live in times when digitally mediated behaviour seems to have taken over direct human behaviour, we have all just experienced a prolonged period of self-isolation in order to combat a virus. The reason for publishing this book now is to remind people of a time when the joyous unfettered energy of rave was everywhere, of a time when people were actually present in the moment, independent and free.

“I hope these images serve as a celebration of the honest human interaction from happier, less complicated times. I hope this book shines a little light during all this darkness, and that it reminds us of why we need to protect and preserve the best elements of club culture. Because that old saying is true: those who rave together, stay together.”

Full On. Non-Stop. All Over is currently available to pre-order via Trip Publishing, and will begin distributing on the 28th June, 2021.

Whilst the book would perhaps be most intriguing to those born in the early 80s, you’d have to say it’s also significant, as these were the last years before camera phones & social media became part of everyday life.

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Book cover: Full On. Non-Stop. All Over

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