Gary's been photographing for Varitease, a local burlesque variety show, for over four years, and this year we teamed up with the show's producer and director, Fiona Solon and Brian Fidler, to plan for a creative project that would highlight the show's unique style and energy.
Over numerous brainstorming meetings, we were able to come up with 12 conceptual 'scenes' which we wanted to create. Through the use of various venues around town including back alleys, Brian's studio, our own studio, the Guild Hall, and even one of our assistant's living rooms, we were able to create a variety of different atmospheres to ensure each shot has it's own unique look.
The images all reflect a number of past characters and cast members from previous shows, although we really wanted it to have more of a 'off-the-stage' kind of feel. We tried to portray the cast and characters either before, after, or in between shows. We were lucky to have an incredible group of models who were excited to be a part of the project and brought great energy and styles to every shot.
The majority of the shots are composites, meaning each person in the frame was photographed independently to ensure Gary was able to light them and work individually with them to capture the exact expression and feel that he was hoping for. He then takes all of the individual shots and pieces them all together to create one seamless image. For a little bit more in depth description of how composites work, see our previous post from the Rendezvous cover shoot.
We currently have an exhibit on up at the Guild Hall during this week's Varietease run featuring all of the calendar images. Come on out this Friday and Saturday (June 1-2nd) to check it out.
We also have 2013 calendars for sale which feature all of the images as well. To purchase them, just give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope you like em!
|The Divine Miss Jones|
|The Risky Rollers|
|Get Off My Back|
|Fabulous in Feathers|
|The Death of Cyrus Hellwater|
|Who's the Puppet Now?|
|A Little to the Left|
|Cast + Crew Please Use the Back Door|
|Hurry Up and Wait|