Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A few weeks ago, I did a shoot with an old friend.  While we hadn't exactly lost touch with each other, it had been a long time since we'd actually interacted in person, much less worked with each other.  But I was inspired by some images I'd seen on, of all places, Facebook.  They were photographs taken by Alfred Cheney Johnston in the 1920s and 30s while working with the Ziegfield Follies.  ( What was remarkable was the resemblance to my friend that one of the images portrayed. When I sent her the link, she was as inspired as I was, and we decided that nothing would do but that we try to recreate those images.  She had recently started doing Samba, so she had some glorious showgirl-style costumes we could use, and we had fans and other props in our studio that would complete the vintage look.  When we finally got our schedules to match, no small feat in itself, what we got was remarkable, I think.
First we started with a vintage-y looking pseudo-belly dancer set called Danseuse Sauvage:


The we moved on to full-fledged Showgirl status!

Added a Fan Dancer:

Then we did what we were first inspired to do!

There are more, but not for here.  I think we did a very good job recreating the mood and look of those old photos,  We plan on doing more, and there are some other ladies wanting to do the same thing, so there will be further posts like this.  Stay tuned!

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