Feast of the Fallen

Bur­lesque per­former Khandie Kisses teamed up with fel­low artists to stage an at­mo­spheric Hal­loween photo shoot

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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

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