Some time ago I had the pleasure of shooting a model called squeak. On this occasion the photographer was Suffering4art a photographer who lives close by and whom we've collaborated with many times. The images below are a few raw unedited snaps shots taken during the and around the shoot, they are not the images that came from the shoot and not Suffering4art's excellent artistic images. That being said I thought that maybe people might enjoy seeing a few 'behind the scenes' shots from a shibari rope bondage shoot.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far... OK a couple of years ago in Cambridge (The one in England not the one in Masachusetts.) I had the opportunity to do a shoot of Japanese style rope bondage with English photographer Rodm and a model who's name I cannot now happily remember... happily for her because she flaked on the shoot with zero notice. Luckily Rod was able to get a replacement who very kindly came to the shoot at very short notice. This model was Gestalta and she was a real pleasure to work with. I think we got some really great stuff in the end. I was particularly happy with the Hojo hishi nawa. I think generally the shibari in this shoot works well and Rod captured the bondage and the mood. So these are some bondage pictures I'm very happy to have been involved in making. All credit though to our great model Gestalta (who has since modelled for, amongst others, Kazami Ranki notably in performance at the Festival of the Art of Japanese bondage).
Yesterday we went to a lake where we knew their to be a small landing at the waters edge. There are water lilies on the lake and it's surrounded by trees. It's a beautiful location and for a while we've been wanting to create a certain image there. Shibari bondage by the water lilies on the lake So off we set with a Yukata and obi in a bag, a friend who models for us, a few bits of rope and a camera and tripod. Luckily we had a beautiful day and the shot we eventually got was I think very beautiful. All the elements of light, setting, bondage and model seemed just right. Even the water was glassy calm. I really think that clover got an amazing image. I often say that rope is not about rope. This image is not about rope either. I'm sure that looking at it you can form your own opinions of what it is about. It's a great feeling when you get something you've been wanting to get for a while. I hope you enjoy this images as much as we do.
I've already blogged about a couple of our visits to London. We've really enjoyed both occasions. On the second visit we stayed over in London and did a bit of an exchange rope shoot in the morning. I tied Nina Russ and Clover photographed the sessions. We all had a great time and you can see the results of this below. Thanks to Clover for taking these fabulous pictures.
On another site someone went to the trouble of posting a little public message on my profile. I found it interesting for a couple of reasons. They must have really trawled to find my stuff. The site in question has adult content warnings that you have to deliberately turn off to see adult images. Given the layout of the site they must have seen 4 of my pictures before entering my gallery then had to look through another 20 pictures before reaching the point that they felt they had to comment and presumably then stop perving. Ugh, you and all the people on (site name removed) who take pictures like this are such CREEPS!!! ughhh.... And here's my reply to them. Hey, nice of you to give some feedback. If you look at most of the pictures in my profile you'll realise that the girl pictured here is in fact the photographer for the greater number of the pictures. What I'm saying is that we're partners and do what we enjoy as consenting adults together. That's our consent, not yours, your opinion, consent, thought or lack of is irrelevant. Also you might want to consider that you made an effort to come and find these pictures (how creepy is that?), no one made you look. So if this is truly distressing to you I'd suggest that you don't look. Unless of course you were looking for something to be outraged about? In which case happy to have helped. This btw . is the terrible picture that inspired them.I just found it funny really though it does make me wonder what it's like in some people's heads.