Local spoken word host, writer, and nightlife photographer Patrick Scott Barnes (Website) has just released a self-published poetry book that juxtaposes his poetry with his photography called Three Orlando Nightspots.
Barnes has pre-released free .pdf versions of his work on his website and sent Bungalower a copy, which we’ve embedded below. Print versions will supposedly be available on Amazon.com for $10.18 in the near future.
The work features a collection of sometimes disturbingly candid photographs of women drinking alcohol, taken during Barnes’ time as a nightlife photographer at Downtown venues like 64 North, The Patio, and Aero. Barnes has been a part of documenting and promoting the Downtown bro-culture and drinking scene for years but was fired from his job this past summer.
While the photographs, juxtaposed alongside Barnes’ poetry, read as entitled or misogynistic, they manage to capture a quasi-disconcerting side of Downtown Orlando nightlife that is often overlooked – in much the same way as local YouTuber Braxton Goes to Church.
Barnes has two other photo collections available on Amazon, Family-Friendly, My Ass!: Cell Phone Photos of Women, and The Butt Freak Blues, both of which carry through his Male Gaze/Objectifying Observer aesthetic.