pivot. Hard. Looking at fashion and ready-to-wear runways for a solid month requires a certain mindset and focus. There are names to remember, collections to recall, and trends to track. After more than 200 runways have passed, the mind needs a break from anything involving clothing. Some people (a lot of people, actually) drink. Some people party. Around here, we hang out.
One of the first “dates” Kat and I went on was to the studio of close friend and Shibari artist Dewey X. I’d taken pictures of Dewey’s rope work before, but Kat had a different response than other models I’d seen him tie: she laughed. Giggled through the whole damn thing. It was fun.
Schedules being what they are, we’ve not had the time to connect with Dewey in the studio much the past five years, so when we returned a couple of weeks ago it was like finding that comfortable sweater you thought you’d lost. Everything slipped into place, Kat giggled a bit, and we enjoyed creating the images below.
The challenge for me, personally, was how to make this set different. Beyond the changes in how Dewey did the tying, I wanted pictures that looked different from previous editions. We achieved this by pairing back, keeping the approach simple, and getting up close. There’s no backdrop. A single light was the only illumination, but one powerful enough I could use a fast shutter speed and a tight aperture. I worked from different angles, getting in closer than normal, playing off the shadows and the texture of the rope.
Most importantly, though, we enjoyed the moment. Kat enjoys being tied and there’s a comfortable security in working with a friend who is experienced and knows how to handle the rope safely. Yes, rope is sexy, but it’s also an art form and in the hands of someone insufficiently trained it can be dangerous. Biology, physiology, and with suspension, even some engineering is involved. Don’t try this at home, kids. Take classes (yes, they have those). Learn in a safe environment before trying it out on someone. Bad things can happen if you don’t. If you want more information, contact us and we’ll connect you to the best resources.
I only finished ten photos from this set. Less is more in this particular situation. As always, click on any of the thumbnails below to view the entire gallery. Thank you for visiting. Feel free to leave a comment or contact us directly.