Having spent two years moving around Jamaica, making friends and slotting into the lifestyle, photographer Ivar Wigan produced a series of pictures that organically capture the island’s vibrant dancehall scene. Shooting friends and acquaintances he met over the two years, Wigan’s candid shots of the young, sexually explicit culture that pervades the dancehall and stripping scenes give sense to a subculture that might be alien to some onlookers.
Speaking to the Independent, he says, “I show people here the images everyday and they love them. No one I’ve photographed has been ‘published’ before, so everyone is excited. It’s very difficult for most Jamaicans to get a visa and many never get a chance to travel. Pictures have a life which extends beyond physical constraints so this series gives an enduring presence to many who otherwise might never be introduced to the world,” he says.