When looking at NY-based photographer Dina Litovsky‘s images, you can almost hear the drunken shrieks and clicking of massively too high heels. Launching into the deep end of glittery cocktails and single dollar bills, Litovsky’s Bachelorette is a candid exploration of the American ritual of brides-to-be. Begun in 2011, the ongoing series captures over 40 different parties hosted in New York City, Atlantic City and New Jersey. Litovsky found her subjects through social networks and bachelorette party websites, offering free photo shoots to brides in exchange for a chance to be a part of the ‘night of their lives’.
The series is more than simply a document of boisterous antics and kitschy sex toys, but an examination of the obligatory expectation to say farewell to single womanhood in what could be considered stereotypical masculine behavior. In a culture where both institutionalized purity and debauchery ambivalently coexist, Bachelorette presents the event in all its surreal and contradictory elements. Here sisterhood, celebration and consumerism are on carnival parade for just one, last wild night.
Images courtesy of Dina Litovsky / Polaris Images.
Dina Litovsky is represented by the Anastasia Photo Gallery.
via GUP Magazine