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Photographer George Nebieridze On European Hedonistic Culture (NSFW)

James Buffy Boyle

Posted on August 02 2017

 

One of our favourite influencers, Georgian-born photographer George Nebieridze talks with Highsnobiety on the raw, hedonistic lifestyle of European Youth Culture.

 

George Nebieridze - a well respected European photographer renowned for his raw, sensitive photography, who usually works his magic within the confines of European, dirt-cheap-rent student apartments or rave spaces documenting week-long afterparties. These fleeting moments of hedonistic pursuit capture graphic drug use, trippy figments of nightlife, joyous acts of rebellion, fashion provoking shots and most importantly [to Nebieridze himself] - nostalgic, intimate moments.

 

Fascinated with 'the universal language of nightlife' and 'the pre-party restlessness', Nebieridze successfully immerses and fuses himself into the euphoric culture, by nearly always making sure he has drank enough to see nine before picking up his camera. “I have this creative switch when I’m drunk. I shoot things I wouldn’t dare to shoot when I’m sober. It makes me feel more free. Like when you’re really shy approaching a guy or a girl, when you’re drunk it’s easier, you know? It’s the same thing with photography.”

 

 

Without his sobriety - we are blessed with his drunk-influenced creative confidence, which captivates the raw reality of rave culture and how both music and youth culture has the power to unify relationships.

 

Making it clear that he is proud of his Georgian roots, Nebieridze explains that growing up as a university student in the Georgian capital [Tbilisi] was a brutal experience. Now a father to two children, he reflects on how he was regularly ridiculed, attacked and beaten for apparently appearing gay - all down to wearing skinny jeans, leather jackets and for dancing in the streets. The violence became so bad his friends were getting murdered and he fled Tbilisi for Berlin, “I was hearing about stabbing and shooting and killing everyday, and I just had enough. I wanted to be an artist, I wanted to be free.” 

 

 

It was in Berlin where Nebieridze's work evolved; the innocence of his images taken in conservative Tbilisi grew darker and touched on a new openness towards sex and drug culture. His work became more sensitive, raw and intense, but at the same time all the more nostalgic, "in Berlin, everything is just exposed." - he confirmed.

 

George's first book was released over a year ago titled, '15, which recorded his hedonistic lifestyle in full throttle. However, as a father Nebieridze has made plans to mature and step back from the party scene to focus on more easy-going projects for his new book, '16, "Before becoming a father I would go out on Tuesday or Wednesday and come back on Thursday, not the next day, the next week” he explains. “Now, I have to be contactable, I have to be fresh, I can’t be high."

 

Buy his book, '15, [Size A4, 108 pages] here (we're also devoted customers - it's fucking brilliant and definitely worth your dosh) and make sure you follow his tumblr to see his collection of pictures and for further publication updates. 

 

Read the full article at Highsnobiety.

 

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