Creating the Photograph: James Andrew Ridley’s “Zoe Ziegfeld as a Menorah” (NSFW)

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Photographer James Andrew Ridley and I have known each other for a while now, and like me, he has involvement in the NYC Burlesque community. He’s a serious photographer, not only in the sense of his work, but also from the fact that he understands and values the idea of relationships. He works to develop a rapport with subjects and he keeps their comfort in mind. Sometimes, in order to make a subject more comfortable you’ll need to do things like working one on one. For part of a series that he’s working on, he did just that with burlesquer Zoe Ziegfeld. Then they turned her into a human menorah.

Here’s their story.

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