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Do you drink beer? I love beer!
While I might now always have the money to buy a couple of beers after a hard day's work, it's not rare to find tons of people drinking on a Friday or Saturday nights. That's when people hang out together to talk about work, love, life, and even the meaning of life -- especially if everyone has had four beers or so. But what about the dark side of drinking?
By that, I mean the sudden fighting and shouting that occur after someone has a drink or two. A quiet person suddenly becomes noisy, irritable and possibly violent.
That is what this photographer wants to capture: the real, dark side of drinking.
Lee Jones is a 28-year-old photographer from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, who has gotten so used to the nightlife and wanted to document the grittiness of reality.
While Lee Jones also captures nice, positive photos of people drinking in the bars and clubs, he's more interested about those who drastically become awful people once they drink.
This one is a "safe" photo taken by Lee Jones on an average night in Scarborough.
Aside from the sudden fight occurring among groups and individuals alike, he also captures the reactions of people once they are thrown out of the pub.
While capturing violence is his passion, Lee Jones has mostly stayed safe from being unintentionally harmed or caught in the scene.
Lee Jones thinks that some people are actually just merely using alcohol as an excuse to be as obnoxious as they can be.
While his photos seem to indicate that Scarborough is a violent place, Lee Jones notes that this was not his goal and believes that the dark side is just more memorable for people than the neutral or positive images.
Several fight scenes Lee Jones has witnessed actually happened outside bars and pubs, since these people were actually already barred from entering such venues.
The photographer hopes that people would see these images and think of their actions in the future when they decide to drink.
Lee Jones goes around specific bars and clubs because they seem to typically have these kinds of rowdy people.
The photographer now aims to concentrate on various characters he stumbles onto and make weekly photographs about them.
Lee Jones has only been attacked a few times, but he often gets shouted at by strangers when he's on the streets and is threatened when someone sees him recording the scene.