Sand Blast in Asbury Park, New Jersey, is one of the East Coast’s largest LGBT destination parties. This summer it ran from July 19-21, 2013. I photographed the festivities for the third time. The weekend-long series of parties and events has grown each year. After my first year, the producer asked me to shoot so much more that I convinced him to hire additional photographers, because some events were too large to cover everything, and other events ran simultaneously. But in promoting this year’s Sand Blast, the producer ended up using only my photos. I was flattered but overwhelmed when he asked me to work solo this year. He’s a great guy to work with and it’s hard to say no to him, so I reluctantly agreed.
I worked non-stop throughout the weekend covering eight events, most of them during a terrible heat wave. The weather didn’t deter the revelers, and I had such a good time that I didn’t notice it either. I enjoyed the technical and artistic challenge of moving from blazing sunlit dance parties poolside or on the beach, to dimly lit cocktail parties, to extravagantly lit dancing after midnight.
This is the first post in a series on my photography of the events of Sand Blast Weekend. We start with Saturday afternoon’s main event, the beach party at Convention Hall and the Sunset Avenue Beach. Next we’ll go back to Friday evening’s kickoff party and move forward through the weekend.
Click here to visit the photo galleries of the entire Sand Blast Weekend. Prints, downloads, and products are available for purchase.
Read the other posts in the Sand Blast Weekend series:
1. Sand Blast Weekend’s Main Event: The Beach Party
2. Lost at Sea: The Sand Blast Weekend Kickoff Party
3. Undertow: Sand Blast Weekend’s Opening Night After Party
4. Sand Blast Weekend’s Drag Race and Handbag Toss
5. Siren of the Sea: The Sand Blast Women’s Pool Party
6. Wet: The All Girl Dance Party
7. Sand Blast Weekend’s Deep Blue Dance Party
8. Wrapping It Up: Sand Blast Weekend’s Riptide Pool Party
9. Riptide Pool Party Entertainment
10. Sand Blast Erotica
11. Up and Away with the Elite Trampoline Academy