It’s almost spring and that means Europe is preparing for the best non-sporting tournament in the world: the Eurovision Song Contest! While not a fan of any of the American song or music competitions, to say I look forward to Eurovision every year is a massive understatement. I’m straight up obsessed with it.
This is the contest that launched the career of ABBA and helped bring Celine Dion to the attention of non-Francophones the world over when she performed for Switzerland, which in 1988 was part of Quebec (jk). I have no idea how I got into Eurovision. Was it a European friend? Is it because I listen to a lot of Russian pop music? Regardless, it is a cult that I am really passionate about and I want you to be too. So I’ve selected some highlights and some fails from this year’s contest and I invite you to learn more and get really, really into some silly pop music with me. Even if you hate the songs, it makes a good drinking game.
My best friend Lauren is a huge Pink Floyd fan, and I knew that I couldn’t come home from England without attempting to photograph something for her (my idea of a souvenir). Battersea Power Station was on the cover of the album Animals, and it was right here in London. Perfect fit for my dear Lolo.
It had been raining for days and would continue to do so for many more, so I woke up early one more morning and with my friend Chris in tow, set out for south London in the rain. A tube ride, a train and a long walk later, I found myself standing outside of Battersea Power Station but my view blocked by a temporary wooden fence.
First the rain, then the overly complicated journey, now my shot is blocked by a damn fence? Please. I found an opening where someone had kicked in part of the plywood near the bottom, squeezed my arms and head through the hole, and promptly sat my elbows into a muddy puddle. The rain let up for just a few seconds and I was able to get this single shot.
Lauren loved it.