The Ministry of Sound was the UK’s first club to hold a twenty four hour dance license, it was also Mayfair photographer S.C.’s old stomping ground in the early nineties.
Even with its strict door policies, S.C. would always manage to charm his way to the front of the queue. Our Mayfair photographer could often be seen on a Saturday night, throwing shapes on the dance floor till the wee hours, then stumbling out into the cruel light of day and the birds singing, he would begin the walk of shame home.
Housed in a disused bus garage in Elephant and Castle, The Ministry of Sound remains at the forefront of the global dance music scene.
So when S.C. was commissioned to photograph a series White Collar boxing matches at The Ministry (as it was referred to in his day), he jumped at the chance.
White collar boxing originated in New York in the late eighties. The first contest was held between a lawyer and an English Lit Professor. Since then the activity has been the fastest growing corporate contact sport in the world, spreading as far as Asia.
Throughout the evening, The Ministry showcased several White Collar boxing matches in various weight levels.
S.C. images express the blood, sweat and tears of the evenings highly charged atmosphere, succinctly capturing the feelings going through the mind of a boxer just before a fight – excitement, exhilaration and sheer terror.
The man behind the lens is none other than photographer Scott Collier, who is also the face of Snappy Snaps Mayfair London.
There is no such thing as a normal day at number 49 Hertford Street. The hive of activity which is Snappy Snaps Mayfair is a prominent hub for locals and tourists inhabiting Shepherds Market. The staff are a colourful bunch, and elaborate and eccentric personalities need only apply.
More recently, force majeure dealt a blow to the shop. S.C. looked up from his counter one day, to witness a car crashing through the side of his shop and pinning him to the inside of his own front door, The whole store took a pounding and the windows were a write-off, but thankfully all involved were unhurt.
To brighten everyone’s day, S.C. decided the only thing for it was to erect a larger than life sized photo of himself to cover the cracks. Now passersby have the pleasure of seeing just who the man behind the lens is.
An exception to the gender rule, S.C. is a master at multi tasking. Juggling the phone and a rapidly forming queue of customers, he calmly mentions that he has a shoot at 4.00, a meeting at 6.00, and drinks with a client at the Dorchester afterwards.
Recently reportage photographer Mark Carey, friend, collaborator and partner in crime, decided to document a day at Snappy Snaps Mayfair, capturing what is a very extraordinary corner shop.