Ty Milford uses plenty of natural light to capture this casual gathering of young friends with a hip, vintage vibe. Tailgate parties, held in the parking lot of large stadiums before or after music concerts and football games, appear to have started in the United States in the late 1860s at a collegiate football game. Now tailgate parties occur at other public gatherings such as weddings and barbecues, with people drinking, eating and playing games. For the 'origin story' of tailgate parties, including possible connections to both the American Civil War and Revolutionary France, check out Vice Sports.
There is a simple elegance about this image. We don't need to see the model's face and expression to get a genuine feel for the moment. It's not a brand new image, but manages to feel very modern. At the same time, it could easily be of an earlier time period, like the 1920's. It's beautifully captured, with the available light highlighting her party dress along with the sparkling wine and fresh fruit. The color palette as well feels fresh yet timeless. What's she celebrating? New Year's Eve? A summer wedding? A fancy dress party? The anonymous model, the adaptable time period and the countless celebrations she could be in the midst of make this image the perfect choice for many projects.