Throughout 2009, photographer Sacha Maric began a search for the ultimate
‘Thrasher’. Trawling YouTube clips of 80’s metal concerts, Sacha immersed himself
in the crowd looking for fleeting moments that captured the aggression typical of
the metal scene. Stripped away from sound and strobe lights, the result is a 48 page,
oversized zine-esque book that captures a raw but gentle aesthetic.
The images take on an unexpected quality. At the moment when diversion spirals out of
control what is discovered is a state of visceral tranquility impossible to detect in the
“The process wasn’t that different from when I am shooting. I was still searching for that
aesthetic moment, a flash of something magical that would make me take the shot. Only
with this project I was hitting the pause button instead of the shutter release.”
The images in ‘Thrashers’ have another separation from Sacha’s photographic style.
Embracing and experimenting with the pixels of web media, Sacha’s images, as they drift
in and out of detail and clarity, have a raw but gentle aesthetic.
“These concerts are incredibly energetic, but I love that when you strip away all the noise
and strobe lights what you are left with is this sort of calm beauty, this trance like state.
Some of the images remind me of Dante’s Inferno, and what I think of as the terror of
Text by Alan Emmins