MAIDEN: BURLESQUE DANCER
PHOTOGRAPHER: SARAH BLESENER
LOCATION: LOWER EAST SIDE, NEW YORK
HASSELBLAD, DELTA 3200
"While working on a project photographing the Bowery, a neighborhood currently experiencing a high-rate of gentrification in the Lower East Side, I stumbled upon the streets just outside of the Bowery neighborhood. These streets led me to find a more mysteries side of the Lower East Side, including Bulgarian clubs, skate parks, and burlesque clubs. I started photographing at a burlesque show at Hotel Chantelle, located on Ludlow Street. I interviewed a few of the dancers, and started to gain a deep respect for their charisma and resilience. The venue as dark as an empty street, so I used my iPhone flashlight for some cheap, makeshift light, and 3200 speed film. I believe the dark and grainy nature of the photographs show the timelessness of burlesque and its art."