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Enjoy this selection of Boudoir Burlesque, and Pole-Dancing photography from George Ross.

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Enjoy the tease!

two burlesque performers back lit
burlesque dancer wrapped in ballons. the ballon burlesque act.
burlesque dancer wrapped in ballons. the ballon burlesque act.
burlesque performer dancing on a chair while topless
Boston Beautease Burlesque Troupe
Scarlett Letter performing at the burlesque exposition
Scarlett Letter performing at the burlesque exposition
peep show style portrait
The Great Burlesque Exposition #BurlExpo11
Diamond DeVille performs a burlesque dance with a red dress and is removing her red evening gloves
Scarlett Letter performing at the burlesque exposition
DeeDee Queen performing at the Burlesque exposition in Boston
two burlesque performers back lit
The Great Burlesque Exposition #BurlExpo11
siren of the circle, burlesque dancer
two burlesque performers back lit
burlesque performer wearing a fosse top hat
burlesque dancer watch her bra fly away
Blaze: burlesque performer revealing her breasts
Diamond DeVille performs a burlesque dance with a red dress and is removing her red evening gloves
topless burlesque dance throwing her bra away
Burlesque pole dancer
burlesque dancer
Artemisia Vulgaris at The Great Burlesque Exposition, 2018
Devastasia at the The Great Burlesque Exposition, 2018
Vikki Likkerish at the The Great Burlesque Exposition, 2018
The Incredible Mr. and Mrs. Fucksmart at the Burlesque Exposition , Boston
The Incredible Mr. and Mrs. Fucksmart at the Burlesque Exposition , Boston
Elsa riot
pearl buttons
Burlesque pole dancer
burlesque performer
Dangrrr Doll at burlesque exposition, boston
Mika Romantic, burlesque performer
Mika Romantic, burlesque performer
Vikki Likkerish at the The Great Burlesque Exposition, 2018
Kiki Allure, burlesque dancer
burlesque dancer pulling on her glove in her teeth
burlesque dancers
red hot annie, burlesque performer
red hot annie, burlesque performer
red hot annie, burlesque performer
Vikki Likkerish at the The Great Burlesque Exposition, 2018
Vikki Likkerish at the The Great Burlesque Exposition, 2018
Shimmy LaRoux at the burlesque exposition #BurlExpo1
topless burlesque performer with her back to the audience wearing a top hat
Satine S’Allumer performing at the Burlesque Exposition Boston
The Great Burlesque Exposition, 2018
The Great Burlesque Exposition, 2018

If you would like to see more, check out the Boudoir/Burlesque section of the blog.

Burlesque can be sexy, a little erotic, but almost all of the time it encompasses a whole lot of fun. Unlike other performance arts, the audience is encouraged to get involved and make a lot of noise; yell, applaud, whistle, or whatever tickles your fancy.

The word burlesque originated in 17th-century Italian theater as a type of comic interlude. The word derives from the Italian “burla,” which means a joke, ridicule or mockery, and that fits the artform perfectly.

I have been photographing the burlesque scene in New England a bunch of years, and what I find very appealing is the empowerment and strength it embodies in its artists, both male and female.

As a photographer, the burlesque scene provides exquisitely dressed women (and men) that makes for beautiful subject matter, but that comes at a price: low light!

As a seasoned pro, shooting performance art ‘keeps me honest’ because you cannot ‘mail-in’ a burlesque shoot. Many of the images in the gallery above were photographed at high ISO’s between 2500 and 6400, even shooting at aperture values of f/1.2 to f/2.8. This is driven by the need to shoot at fast shutter speeds to capture the moving subjects.

Using the best camera bodies (Canon EOS 1X) and the fastest professional lenses (Canon’s L series), I have put together a beautiful collection of burlesque performers at work. Still, the high ISOs make for poor image quality. So, it’s a trade of low image quality for captures of the burlesque art form.

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