"Here's the recipe for a typical Saturday night:
Take one 8x8 cubicle, add a tablespoon of makeup, 2 teaspoons of gossip, a cup of ranting,
a pinch of OOTN (Outfit of the Night), and just enough alcohol to spice up the night."
Photographer Vriddhi Sawlani weaves a lucid visual narrative around a Saturday night out in her conceptual photo series, titled ‘Eight by Eight Cubicle’. The series recollects the misadventures shared amongst two friends drinking on a night out, set in a bathroom cubicle. Through a comparison of before and after photographs, Vriddhi captures the relatable and often dramatic shifts that occur throughout the duration of a night out — from the excitement of getting ready to the regrettable decisions and consequences that follow.
The attention to detail dazzles with the use of contrasting colours and lighting that reflect the twists and turns the night takes. In the before photos, delicate shades of cream and beige are employed, accompanied by glasses of rosé, setting a tone of elation and laughter. This contrasts with the stark imagery of the aftermath, featuring harsh fluorescent green lighting and graffiti on the bathroom wall, which signals to the impulsive and reckless atmosphere that the night has morphed into.
The series offers a powerful and captivating portrayal of the emotional and human experiences that come with a night out. The continuity and contrast between the before and after photos effectively captures the transformations that occur throughout the night, while the use of colours and lighting adds depth and complexity to the narrative.
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