The Shirley Knots are a smokin’ cabaret group, created by Alison Shirley. They needed a promo photo and I wanted to try something a little different with this one. I had an idea in my mind that involved painting with light & using off camera flash. The space was a basement under Lulu Lemon Athletica on Bourke st in Melbourne where the girls have been hard at work rehearsing for application to some upcoming Cabaret shows around town. It’s really quite an amazing space for rehearsals, but we wanted to transform it with light, into something reminiscent of what their live shows might look like.
Thankfully, the Knots had brought along a couple of friends to help out in the limited time we had to do the shoot & they were awesome! It’s not often you’re asked to run around the basement of an athletics store in the dark, waving material & torches like your some sort of mad ghost. Thanks heaps to Kim & Francesca for getting into it and not questioning the oddness of it all!