When I was a little girl and would get scared or anxious I would say the words Strawberries Whipped Cream Can Can Dancer, Strawberries Whipped Cream Can Can Dancer, Strawberries Whipped Cream Can Can Dancers all falling from the sky. It didn't make much sense but it made me feel better. It was sort of a silly mantra played on repeat in my head. I would try to envision Can Can dancers falling from the sky doing high kicks while their skirts would be flipping over their heads. We use to have a strawberry patch in the garden so strawberries were always a treat for me and perhaps I thought what could be better than ladies falling from the sky dancing and eating sweet fruit covered in whipped cream? It seemed pretty magical to me. I wanted to be one of those ladies so I decided to play dress up for the day and dance around in ruffled skirts, fishnet tights, black laceup boots, and boas. Whatever I could get my hands on that
felt authentic to my childhood vision. Rather than heading to the roof top to take a go at the falling from the sky bit, I decided on an indoor shoot.
In my mind I was thinking about Toulouse Lautrec and how the Can Can girls were his muse. There is just something very appealing to playing a character
that is different from your normal everyday persona. If you think about it we are all just part of a grand act, we play games with one another and with our selves. Sometimes the reality that we wish to play out is best served with a side of fruit and sticky fingers. In the
end I just want to go out dancing. Dancing to soar high above, no longer holding on for the comfort of falling down.
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