Electric Burlesque is a body of work that focuses on a small piece of the very large traditional and neo burlesque scene in Seattle, a burgeoning hotbed of burlesque and cabaret performers.
After moving back to Seattle from London, where I was introduced to a world of musicians, performers and enormously creative people I realized I needed to find Seattle's creative art scene.
As a photographer there is nothing more interesting to photograph than self-expressive performers. Most performers, whatever their canvas, are generally viewed as being on the fringe of society, a generalization that I would agree with. We need the fringe to keep society balanced. From my perspective, the majority of people hide their feelings, emotions and desires behind a veil of political correctness. Conversely, most performers and creatives express these things openly or in some cases use their art to break through that veil.
After going to my first burlesque show and meeting the performers I realized that I had no idea what burlesque was about and I was amazed at the talent and creativity of the women and men, as I have been so many times before by friends in London who are musicians.
I sometimes feel like I look at the world a little differently than most other people, a perspective for which I am grateful. When photographing a performer while they are performing I try to capture what I am seeing, which is the emotion and passion they express in their interaction with the audience. Nothing makes me happier than to have people show me they appreciate my art (photography) after taking my time and energy to create it. The difference for a performer is that all the work and energy they have put into a performance reaches its' climax during the performance and the audience is part of that climactic experience. There is so much there to capture and if I can, the images show the passion and energy of the performer and their interaction with the audience.
This is what is at the heart of Electric Burlesque.