Friday, April 29, 2011

Alive After Five, 4/28/11

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 10:21 AM


Alive After 5 was hosted at the Wachovia Plaza for the last time this year on April 28. Next week, check out the Thursday after-work party at the EpiCentre.

Photos by Debra Renee Seth

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Meet the photographer: Debra Renee Seth

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 8:59 AM


Camera: Sony Digital Camera

Used to being in front of the camera, Debra Renee Seth enjoys switching roles to become the photographer. The Sumter, S.C., native and recent college grad is a freelance writer for Creative Loafing in addition to shooting nightlife photos for QC After Dark. As the first black account executive at WRHI AM 1340/FM 94.3 radio in Rock Hill, S.C., Seth adds the title of ambassador for the York County Chamber of Commerce to her already lengthy responsibilities.

What’s some of the most exciting aspects in shooting for QC After Dark?

Partying for free and getting paid to do it is always great, but meeting cool people is my favorite part about being a photographer. I tend to enjoy events that are sophisticated and laid-back, but working for QC After Dark has given me the chance to experience different types of nightlife I wouldn’t necessarily frequent, like Bass Church at Neighborhood Theatre.

How did your interest in photography develop?

As a child my father was always into photography and made my siblings and I take pictures to capture our memories. But it wasn’t until I began to study photography and video production in school that I enjoyed the craft. I learned how to frame, capture different angles and that it doesn’t matter the type of camera you use as long as you know the basics.

How do you become an ambassador for the York County Chamber of Commerce and what are your duties?

You can only get the position through a nomination from a committee member. I serve as a liaison for York County where I introduce business leaders to events and overall represent the chamber. My position is still new and I’m excited to see where things go because this is an honor.

— text by Johnathan Cruse/photo by Jasiatic

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dharma Lounge, 4/27/11

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 4:33 PM


Le Bang Wednesdays at Dharma Lounge always bring out the cool kids. Check them out at the April 27 event.

Photos by Justin Driscoll

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Meet the photographer: E. Renaul Hill

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 3:55 PM


Camera: Canon 7D

When Renaul Hill isn’t gracing ballroom dance floors with his funky footwork, traveling or roller-skating, you can catch him behind the camera capturing the beauty in all things. As a photographer with QC After Dark since its creation three years ago, Hill has certainly played a pivotal role in keeping nightlife photos up-to-date. Since moving to Charlotte 11 years ago, Hill has taken on photography full-time, along with his brainchild Cushin Magazine.

Do you find it fairly easy to get partygoers to agree to take pictures when you tell them it’s for QC After Dark?

Yes, they are always willing to take a photo. Creative Loafing has a large readership in Charlotte with a lot of respect, plus people want to be featured in photos that usually end up on Facebook or other social networks.

Do you classify in a specific genre when shooting photography?

I enjoy shooting nightlife and event photography, but I am also a photographer for hire. Shooting portraits that display different forms of beauty, I may also come across a subject that I wish to shoot and I will pass on my business card.

You currently have an online magazine called Cushin Magazine. Can you explain the name behind the magazine and its purpose?

Cushin is a name that is flattering to women of different sizes seen online bi-monthly. The women in Cushin are larger, voluptuous and curvy women portrayed in an edgier and confident manner. It wasn’t created to combat any societal norms but to display the different kinds of beauty not seen in other magazines. The magazine contains mostly photos but also has articles from nutritionists and events around the country.

If interested in getting in touch with Renaul, e-mail him at

— text by Johnathan Cruse/photo by Jasiatic

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Phoenix, 4/27/11

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 10:29 AM


Phoenix hosted the Above and Beyond Group Therapy World Tour on Wednesday, April 27.

Photos by Renaul Hill

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Suite, 4/27/11

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Suite - Red Door Fashion Show20

Level Wednesdays at Suite hosted a Red Door fashion show on April 27.

Photos by Jeaumane McIntosh

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Meet the photographer: Justin Driscoll

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 8:40 AM


Camera: Nikon d90

If you catch Justin Driscoll without his Nikon in tow, immediately assume something is wrong and run to help immediately. The 24-year-old graphic designer, marketer and photographer found his love for photography at an early age with the influence of his father who did the craft professionally. Although he's only been shooting for QC After Dark for a few months, the diverse range of photos he's brought to the site is telling. With the style of getting weird angles and in your face photos, Driscoll, the once introverted personality, credits photography for his change in attitude. When you don’t see Driscoll behind the lens of a camera, executing a logo, website or branding ideas — you can find the UNCC alum rocking out with his band Scapegoat.

When is your favorite time to shoot and what type of genre do you enjoy shooting the most?

I always take my camera out with me everywhere so I shoot anything that’s engaging, but since childhood I enjoyed rock 'n' roll concerts, which is why capturing bands and audiences are so fun. I love going to concert spots like The Milestone, Snug Harbor and Tremont, where I know I can get an array of photos. Having posed pictures can become very boring, so I prefer to catch the moment when people don’t realize I am there — that’s the most truthful image.

Scapegoat has gained a national following over the years; what was a big moment for the band?

Scapegoat has always done American touring but after getting signed to an indie label in Japan in 2008, we did an international tour there. Our album sales doubled in Japan than in the U.S., which had been a highlight for our band. We can’t wait to return when things get back in order there from the tsunami.

Aside from you playing with your band, you seem to stay pretty busy with your many different job titles, how do you balance your time between work and play?

I don’t sleep and I drink lots of energy drinks. It does get overwhelming for me at times, but when I have free time I get lost in the wilderness instead of being behind a Mac or guitar. But I love doing all the things I do on a daily basis, like the thrill of playing live music, taking photos and creating art or brand ideas for clients. I couldn’t just pick one.

To get in contact with Justin, visit

— text by Johnathan Cruse/photo by Jasiatic

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Elizabeth Billiards, 4/26/11

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 12:47 PM


Tuesday nights are Party on the Patio at Elizabeth Billiards, with The Dirty Special.

Photos by Justin Driscoll

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Meet the photographer: Jeaumane McIntosh

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 12:39 PM

If you've ever wondered who's the guy (or gal) behind the camera when our QC After Dark photographers are out taking your photos, here's your chance to find out. As we continue celebrating QC After Dark's three-year anniversary, we sat down with our folks to find out what inspires them, where they like to shoot, and most importantly, if they love their jobs.


Camera: Nikon D200

As one of QC After Dark’s veteran photographers, it’s all about capturing the “precise moment” for Jeaumane McIntosh. After discovering photography in high school and his parents purchasing him his first interchangeable camera, McIntosh’s new hobby became a short-lived reality — and then his camera was stolen. For seven years McIntosh went without shooting photos until he was able to purchase another camera and fall back in love with the craft. Quickly, a hobby turned into an obsession and a full-time career began. While McIntosh has been doing photography full-time for 15 years, he still enjoys learning new concepts and practices, as he is currently finishing up his bachelor's degree from the Art Institute of Charlotte.

What’s some of your favorite nightlife spots that you enjoy taking photos at the most?

I love spots where people can have fun and party, which all nightlife spots don’t offer. I enjoy going to and taking photos of partygoers at places like Suite, due to the mixed crowd it offers, which adds to the different kinds of photos I can take. Other spots I enjoy are Buckhead Saloon and Bar Charlotte.

Is there a certain artist or photographer’s work that inspires you or wish to emulate your work off of?

Henri Cartier-Bresson is a photographer that inspires me through his concept of capturing precise moments on film. Cartier-Bresson believed that you only have one chance to capture a person’s expression or action on film because it will never happen again. I have adopted this concept for myself.

Has shooting for QCAD make your nightlife experience better?

I don’t wait in lines anymore to get in clubs — most doormen know me as that guy from Creative Loafing. If I didn’t shoot nightlife photos, I probably wouldn’t go out as much, so this gives me a chance to experience new nightlife places.

To see more of Jeaumane's work, visit

— text by Johnathan Cruse/photo by Jasiatic

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QC After Dark’s 3-year anniversary: Photos from 2009

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Here we are, into our second week of celebrating the anniversary of Creative Loafing's nightlife photo blog QC After Dark. Below you'll find the best 50 photos from the year 2009, including shots of fabulous drag queens, zombies, Waldo from Where's Waldo, and mini-Britney Spears. Keep checking back for more features!

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