I was privileged to photograph the Brisbane leg of the Australian Burlesque Festival tour last night. It was seriously a photographer’s dream; incredible lighting, creative costuming and choreography, not to mention the beautiful dancers themselves! The Judith Wright centre was packed out, as usual in Brisbane an enthusiastic and friendly crowd overjoyed to be able to see the best Burlesque performers in the world accompanied by some of our own amazingly talented local artistes. Even with such a high profile event, as usual the intimate feel of Brisbane venues makes any live performance a bit special…I know the bigger capitals do get a lot more when it comes to performing arts, but I really love the atmosphere we get here. More photos coming of course, these are just some backstage sneak peeks!
I totally love this shoot. Lita Lynx is a Brisbane burlesque dancer and teacher, and is funny, softly spoken, and incredibly creative. Her dancing is dramatic, sensual and intelligent, so the opportunity to work with her was very exciting! She asked me to throw out some ideas, and remembering her dancing style, I brought up an idea I had been kicking around for a while: a photoset inspired by late 1800s spiritualist photography. Luckily for me, she loved the idea, and I had the perfect location in mind: West End’s new esoteric bookstore Ecclectica. Beautifully decorated with persian carpets, rich red walls, and interesting artifacts, it set the mood for the shoot perfectly. After a few false starts and much patience from Lita, we rocked up to shoot, and you can see the results here! Emma did an amazing job on the makeup as always; we have similar educations and artistic tastes, so she always understands perfectly what I am trying to reference, and the style I am after. Lita was the perfect muse for this shoot, and after we’d got the spooky stuff done, we went out the back and had a tongue in cheek wicked pinup play with the red wall and the stuffed pheasant. By this stage it was all flowing beautifully, and I was in fits of laughter as Lita pulled out every Bettie Page pose she could think of, adding her own evil twist to the often saccharine pinup styles. All in all, this will be a favourite set for me for a long time, and I’ll continue to play with it in editing for a while yet!!