For what was supposed to be my submissions for the Damned 13 Exhibition this year (which got cancelled due to Covid-19), I had these images floating around in my head that needed to be photographed. Having wanted to work with the beautiful Sugar Monroe in some capacity, especially in a way that challenged her physically, I immediately reached out to her. I cannot express enough how honored I am that she said yes!
The beautiful, dark, emotional results follow. So even though Damned 13 won’t be taking place this year, I offer you My Dark Ophelia.
We have never shot together before, aside from when I would steal her pixels on-stage during her high-energy, provocative burlesque performances.
I did not hesitate. As a matter of fact, I jumped.
I jumped so fast at the opportunity that as a way of saying thank you I insisted that we take advantage of the Full Harvest Moon that would be shining brightly (fingers crossed) on her upcoming Birthday.
To you, Natalie, I thank you. I thank you for your Passion, your Artistry, and your Friendship all these years. I hope the portraits we created on that dark, magical, Harvest Moon night, as well as that chilly afternoon, make Maila Nurmi herself honored that you have so beautifully picked up the Vampira mantle.