48 Minutes with Cherry Manhattan
The first time I met the decadent Cherry Manhattan was for a soiree I organized in the Seattle area. In between costume changes and lighting specific props on fire(works) for the audience, we got along pretty famously. She agreed to collaborate on an exclusive rooftop shoot the next morning, I guess you can say that she broke my, uh….. approach to photographing “Working Artists of Theatre”.
Cherry‘s real-life-woman is my personal heroine in education, culture and in the arts. She is THE woman that WOWS me and I always feel very honored when in her presence.
“The Beyond Real Human Female” is a show that I believe in. A show that has five women (Fuchsia FoXXX, Diva le Déviant, Jesse Belle-Jones and Lyla la Coeur and herself) that I know individually. A show that is about the complexity of women in all forms and phases. A show that has a pretty rad review from Burlesque Seattle:
“What ‘The Beyond Real Human Female’ provides in the end is a forum for a group of complex, imperfect, and truly real human women to create art from the place their characters originate: their souls.”
Above images: Cherry Manhattan in her 1-bedroom-fashion-closet that I covet.
Below image: details from Cherry’s vanity (nipple tassels, wigs, shoes, glitter makeup)
Every girl wants a bath of flowers…
See Cherry Manhattan in “The Beyond Real Human Female!”
Cherry Manhattan, Seattle’s “Dirty Debutante,” has been putting the ass back in classy as a neo-burlesque performer and producer since 2007. She recently produced, performed and directed in the Seattle Premiere of the “Beebo Brinker Chronicles” and brought this six-month retro-lesbian pulp festival to life at cabarets, events and installations at Re-bar and ACT Theater. Cherry has been seen at On the Boards in Washington Ensemble Theatre’s blahblahblahBANG!, at Teatro Zinzanni and the Bagley Wright Theater in Bumbershoot’s “Apocolypse at Coney Island,” and as a featured mainstage performer in the 2008 Erotic Arts Festival. Cherry performs monthly at the “Sound and Smoke” Berlin cabaret at the Can-Can and the “Vintage Spectacular” cabaret at White Rabbit in Fremont. This beauty with brains graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Drama from the University of California, and currently teaches Neo-Burlesque Theory and Performance as an Adjunct Instructor at Cornish College of the Arts.
Lens: Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5
Aperture: f/5.6 - Shutter: 1/160 - ISO: 400
Most the time:
All natural light
Keeping it simple