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Meet Drew 'Rukes' Ressler: Top Nightlife/DJ Photographer

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When globetrotting electronic dance music DJs come to town the energy is rock-show thick. The tough, loud music. The sparkling visuals along side layers of multicolored flashing lights. The rabid crowd. These elements unite, and fans are delivered something special. Drew “Rukes” Ressler’s job is to capture that nocturnal magic.

Long Island-native Drew Ressler, best known as Rukes (pronounced with a Roo) never planned on becoming a photographer for a living, much less America's top DJ photographer. He never planned on snapping shots of the DJs he used to pay to see at festivals and clubs across the country. He definitely didn’t plan on having his work in Vanity Fair, URB, or the Los Angeles Times. But that all happened.

Thanks to a natural eye for photography, perseverance, and a love of technology (past, present, future,) Rukes (Myspace) has become one busy guy with a funky work schedule. He sometimes doesn’t get home from gigs until it’s nearly light out. Instead of sleep he uploads his “pictures,” as he likes to call his work, to his popular website. When clubbers and DJs awake they’re greeted by evidence of a multi-sensory experience that’s rarely looks this good the day after. LAist sat down with Rukes to talk about how a guy who wanted to work in video games stumbled upon this amazing life.