This is from a recent shibari session with my friend Karissa.
To be frank, I consider myself an absolute beginner in this art, and it would be foolish for me to claim to have much more experience than that. My rope tying is improving with practice, but like photography, the real art is in the deeply personal communication that takes place during a session. Literally anyone can learn how to tie some knots, and with practice make it look good. But that’s just the beginning, not the end goal.
This was our second time doing a shibari session together, and in the three years since the first one, I’ve certainly grown. It was a fantastic experience working with someone who has been a dear friend for several years, and being free to create and explore without judgement.
After a few years I'm still somewhat new to doing Shibari/rope sessions, and even though I feel like a total beginner, I can feel myself improving with each session. I'm finding better ways to continue ties, getting better at knots and managing tension, and working more efficiently. Sessions like this have some extra challenges as well: the model loses mobility so you have to plan or improvise poses that look good in photographs, likewise the placement that would make for good lighting. Of course, there's also the challenge of making something meaningful that communicates more than just "Look at this person's body!" That's always the most difficult part in photographing nudes, the mind and competency of the artist is revealed.
My friends Monica May and Ashley Hayward are a pair of performers who are hosting a big event coming up in the next few weeks, and we worked together to make some promotional photos for it. We were inspired by the raucous party scene of the late disco era, with an emphasis on glamour and recklessly wanton debauchery
While living in Japan I went on a walk and found myself in a graveyard. Unlike in the United States, cremation is the norm, so graves are usually indicated by stone monuments for families and wooden planks for individuals.
It all started when…
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