Photographic Alphabet: D is for Marciej Dakowicz
By Leah Pfenning
St. Mary street is a stretch of bars, shops, and eateries in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. It is also the choice nightlife strip for costumed tipplers and louche gaggles, as the whole street transforms into a raucous carnival at night. Cardiff After Dark is a project by Polish Photographer, Marciej Dakowicz, now existing as a book, featuring the “after hours” of the famed street in an otherwise ordinary British city.
Dakowicz shot the project at night between the years of 2005 and 2011 with low light, no flash, and at a high ISO. The technicality of the work, and the resulting quality of the images, are masterly. The photographer spins us through the alter ego of the streets of Cardiff frequented by the most impetuous of the weekend warriors – and those that have the livers to afford it. The work is pure and hilarious observation, refuting any sort of judgment. If you can skirt what the kids are calling, FOMO (fear of missing out), the work is purely a celebration of good fun.
Go ahead and take a walk into the wild with Dakowicz through Cardiff After Dark. Shoes and intoxicants optional.