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Obscurae Magazine - Volume 9, Issue 1 : A Very Large Issue : "Birdcage - Tribute"
Around the time of Robin Williams' passing, Obscurae Magazine wanted to put an issue together of artwork, poetry, and photographs, all inspired by Robin Williams. He is/was/will forever be my favorite comedian, comedy inspiration, and actor - so when Erin Leigh Pribyl, our shoot's main model, organizer, and co-collaborator (extraordinaire) pitched the idea of coming up with something truly larger than life like the man we were wanting to honor, I was ALL IN.
One of my favorite movies (besides Aladdin, Jumanji, etc.) is The Birdcage. It's one of my all-time favorite movies, I remember laughing so hard I cried the first time (and several times later) that I watched it. This shoot HAD to have inspiration pulled from that movie. We photographed this set during the daylight hours at La Cage Nightclub, Milwaukee's oldest and most historical nightclub. This was the first time I set foot in the space, and it was AMAZING. With two spacious floors, La Cage had everything we needed and more, but, most importantly, it had... the cage.
WHATS A BIRDCAGE TRIBUTE WITHOUT THE SYMBOLISM OF THE BIGGEST AND GREATEST BIRDCAGE?!
We had a whole mess of people on set behind the scenes, as well as models - some of them weren't featured in the chosen photographs, however they were JUST as lovely to work with as the ones featured. Models included were Iman Chanel, Jerri Miller, not featured, Kristen FoxyModel, Mark Urban, our behind the scenes AMAZING people were Mike Hiller, Joseph Denk; our non-professional drag queens' and models' makeup artist was done by Color Me Sassy by Sarah Murillo, hair was done by Kaitlyn Hjort. Garments by Chelsea Stotts' beautiful custom-designed garments by Moda Muñeca as well as a lovely Devoid and Deveil piece that Erin was able to bring to the session.
The best part about this shoot (besides the awesome collaboration, fashion, and great attitudes by everyone involed) has got to be working with the queens. Milwaukee's drag community is bright, bold, colorful, inviting, and FUN. The gorgeous queens we had the honor of working with are some of the best I've ever seen, and certainly the best I've ever met! This shoot starred Harmony Breeze, Nova D'vine, and Dita Von.
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