“The concentration of sexual fluids is more powerful than oxygen” – behind the scenes at a Chinese nightclub by Ukrainian photographer, Sergey Melnitchenko
Words by Sergey Melnitchenko
Transvestites, girls bathing in tubs of beer, drunk actors and even more drunk visitors. All of this in the club, the club where I’m working.
It’s been over a year since I came to Asia to work as a dancer. In the last few months we’ve performed in one Chinese club, which is more like a huge bar with a stage, because none of the visitors are dancing here.
At one moment I realized how many great things are going on here, and that’s how the series, Behind The Scenes appeared.
This is the reverse, the invisible side of the club, the atmosphere - a part of which I became. Behind the scenes there is more burlesque than on the stage, the concentration of sexual fluids is more powerful than oxygen. There's no falsehood – it’s not a scene, it’s their everyday life, our life, or rather mine.
Sergey Melnitchenko photographs young athletes from Nikolaev, Ukraine as they push towards their physical goals to be the best in their sporting fields
Words by Sergey Melnitchenko
Schwarzenegger Is My Idol is a story about young guys from Nikolayev (Ukraine) who are united by one thing - their goal to become the best of the best and they will do everything possible to achieve it. The photos show young people who engage in athletics, acrobatics, fitness, and bodybuilding. I asked one of the boys to tell me what role his hobby plays in his life. Here's what he told me: "For me, my sport is what I live for. Daily control and hard work - that leads me to success. Sport disciplines a man, enables him to understand the value of labor, the value of choice. I always wanted to be something more than an ordinary man in the street, more colossal than an ordinary representative of the society, so in my sport I do the best I can, because I want to reach the top".
Why are my models naked in the photos? I think it adds a kind of courage and naturalness. Of course it also looks funny and ironic.
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