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Celebrity Snappers: Becoming a Papparazzo, Leicester Square, London - 9th November 2005

Whilst wandering back from Chinatown towards Leicester Square, Nosher spots a small bunch of press photographers hanging around outside the entrance to a club, and asks what's occuring. It turns out that it's the night of the Screen Nation Awards 2005, dubbed the "Black Oscars", with several celebs floating around. Despite not being a particular fan of the cult of celebrity, it still interesting to experience it and so Nosher manages to lig a spot in the press camp, and ended up hanging around with the hacks waiting for famous - and not-so-famous people - to arrive, both at the Ruby Blue Club and the Prince Charles Cinema. Nosher mostly ended up chatting with a photographer from Getty Images, who had been in the "game" for eight years - it was certainly fascinating listening to tales from the inside. It turned out to be a most amusing evening, with some entertaining cynicism from the hacks, and some great mickey-taking of the more minor celebs. In fact, it was so absorbing that two-and-a-half hours later with 136 photos in the bag, Nosher even shouted "Over here please, Danny!" to Danny John-Jules out of Red Dwarf in order to get a photo. It also turned out that it's also a bit harder than it looks: many photos were fuzzy as the low light meant manual focus, and there wasn't the luxury of the professional Nikon that one of the photographers had which could do 180 frames non-stop and five per second

next album: Qualcomm Europe All-Hands at the Berkeley Hotel, and Covent Garden, London - 9th November 2005
previous album: Qualcomm goes Karting in Caxton, Cambridgeshire - 7th November 2005

2005 Entrance to the Ruby Blue Club

Entrance to the Ruby Blue Club

2005 The early photographers mill around

The early photographers mill around

2005 A papparazzi car exit

A papparazzi car exit

2005 More guests arrive

More guests arrive

2005 Some press dudes take notes

Some press dudes take notes

2005 Tim Campbell, winner of TV's 'The Apprentice'

Tim Campbell, winner of TV's 'The Apprentice'

2005 Tim Campbell again

Tim Campbell again

2005 Singer Michelle Gayle

Singer Michelle Gayle

2005 Michelle Gayle again

Michelle Gayle again

2005 Melvin Van Peebles

Melvin Van Peebles

2005 Dame Kelly Holmes, the athlete

Dame Kelly Holmes, the athlete

2005 Comedian Gina Yashere

Comedian Gina Yashere

2005 Gine Yashere again

Gine Yashere again

2005 Gina Yashere with the club girls

Gina Yashere with the club girls

2005 Soul singer Nate James walks in

Soul singer Nate James walks in

2005 The guy from Getty Images

The guy from Getty Images

2005 Some waving occurs

Some waving occurs

2005 Nate James poses for a photo

Nate James poses for a photo

2005 Another photo op

Another photo op

2005 Pose for the camera

Pose for the camera

2005 Rap/RnB band 'Fundamentals'

Rap/RnB band 'Fundamentals'

2005 Dance moves

Dance moves

2005 Another celebrity couple

Another celebrity couple

2005 Gina Yashere looks bashful

Gina Yashere looks bashful

2005 Actor Paul Barber, from The Full Monty and Only Fools and Horses

Actor Paul Barber, from The Full Monty and Only Fools and Horses

2005 Celebrity couple

Celebrity couple

2005 Thumbs up

Thumbs up

2005 A dude in a mac

A dude in a mac

2005 The legendary Danny John-Jules, out of Red Dwarf

The legendary Danny John-Jules, out of Red Dwarf

2005 Danny John-Jules

Danny John-Jules

2005 Dame Kelly Holmes again

Dame Kelly Holmes again

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Entrance to the Ruby Blue Club