Exotic World – Capturing the Magic: Derek Jackson

One of the most enjoyable and enduring aspects of the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekends, and indeed many burlesque events, is the array of beautiful photographs that are shared around the world. They can make you feel like you were there, capture affection, innovation, inspiration and celebration, and preserve magical memories for many years to come. The photographers who work at BHoF each year are much loved members of the community, and I asked some of them to share their memories, and some of their favourite shots from over the years. I am so grateful to them for their generosity and enthusiasm.

Great photographer and all-round charming nice guy, Derek Jackson shares some of his favourite shots…

“Shooting for the Burlesque Hall of Fame is such an incredible honour. The best acts in the world all get together, and it is truly special indeed…”

Derek Jackson

Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum Grand Opening (2010)

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum with mayor, Oscar Goodman in 2010. That was such a great day, and everyone was really happy.   ©Derek Jackson
The ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum with mayor, Oscar Goodman in 2010. That was such a great day, and everyone was really happy. ©Derek Jackson

Ginger Valentine (2011)

Ginger Valentine from 2011. I really do like this shot. Ginger is great on stage, and I think I captured a part of that here.  ©Derek Jackson
Ginger Valentine from 2011. I really do like this shot. Ginger is great on stage, and I think I captured a part of that here. ©Derek Jackson

Leroi the Girl Boi (2011)

Leroi the Girl Boi performing in the Thursday Night Showcase, 2011.   ©Derek Jackson
Leroi the Girl Boi performing in the Thursday Night Showcase, 2011. ©Derek Jackson

Michelle L’amour (2010)

Michelle performing La Panthere in 2010. This shot is a strong moment from an intensely sexy act. I've been very fortunate to see La Panthere five times.   ©Derek Jackson
Michelle performing La Panthere in 2010. This shot is a strong moment from an intensely sexy act. I

Kitty Bang Bang (2011)

From 2011, Kitty Bang Bang. I thought it was a brilliant act, and it was one of my favourites from the weekend. The lighting from Erin Sparks at the Orleans was phenomenal.   ©Derek Jackson
From 2011, Kitty Bang Bang. I thought it was a brilliant act, and it was one of my favourites from the weekend. The lighting from Erin Sparks at the Orleans was phenomenal. ©Derek Jackson

Michelle L’amour, Dirty Martini, Kitten DeVille and Julie Atlas Muz at the 2010 Museum Grand Opening.

Michelle, Kitten, Dirty and Julie before the ribbon cutting ceremony in 2010. Everyone is really happy in this photo, and I just love their expressions. This is one of my all-time favourite photos.   ©Derek Jackson
Michelle, Kitten, Dirty and Julie before the ribbon cutting ceremony in 2010. Everyone is really happy in this photo, and I just love their expressions. This is one of my all-time favourite photos. ©Derek Jackson

Gina Bon Bon (2011)

Gina Bon Bon retired from the stage in 2011, and I'm glad I got a good shot of her farewell performance. I really like this photo.  ©Derek Jackson
Gina Bon Bon retired from the stage in 2011, and I'm glad I got a good shot of her farewell performance. I really like this photo. ©Derek Jackson

Dirty Martini (2010)

Dirty Martini from 2010. I do love a good stocking peel.  ©Derek Jackson
Dirty Martini from 2010. I do love a good stocking peel. ©Derek Jackson

Kitten on the Keys (2010)

Kitten On the Keys from 2010. Kitten is such a great MC. I really like the lighting in this photo, and the contrast of Kitten and the backdrop.   ©Derek Jackson
Kitten On the Keys from 2010. Kitten is such a great MC. I really like the lighting in this photo, and the contrast of Kitten and the backdrop. ©Derek Jackson

Brown Girls Burlesque (2011)

Brown Girls Burlesque in 2011 was one of my favourite acts of the whole weekend. They were really good.  ©Derek Jackson
Brown Girls Burlesque in 2011 was one of my favourite acts of the whole weekend. They were really good. ©Derek Jackson

Ray Gunn (2011)

Ray Gunn in 2011, wowing the crowd with his sexy act.   ©Derek Jackson
Ray Gunn in 2011, wowing the crowd with his sexy act. ©Derek Jackson

Shannon Doah (2010)

Shannon Doah's return to the stage in 2010. I bet there wasn't a dry eye in the house after her act. It was lovely and she was beautiful. She was radiant that night, and everyone kept talking about her performance.   ©Derek Jackson
Shannon Doah

Bazuka Joe

Bazuka Joe gives a great performance in 2011.   ©Derek Jackson
Bazuka Joe gives a great performance in 2011. ©Derek Jackson

More photos by Derek Jackson

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