Feast of the Fallen
Burlesque performer Khandie Kisses teamed up with fellow artists to stage an atmospheric Halloween photo shoot
I’m an entertainer by day (or should that be night?) working as a burlesque performer and fire-breather. I’m also a keen photographer who only recently started to share my work. I even contemplated sharing my photos under a different name to my stage name; however, being an established performer has added weight to my credibility as a photographer.
I adore collaborating with creative people, and my day job brings me into contact with so many performers and creatives that I can’t help but be inspired by them. One such person is Michelle, who owns Demons & Diamonds, a headdress and accessories shop in Bedford. Her headwear adorns the noggins of many a performer and bride, and Michelle herself is a very inspiring person, so I knew I had to shoot with her products. Between us, and with help from Neil and Julia at the Gothic Shop (www.the-gothic-shop.co.uk) we created our editorial shoot ‘Feast of the Fallen’ to promote Michelle’s shop for Halloween. We spent many months sourcing items, and we shot it all on one windy day at Michelle’s home.
The inspiration for the shoot was Victorian photographs of séances, and wet-plate photography. Textures and