Posts Tagged ‘shibari’

Tattoo and Shibari/Kinbaku experience

October 5, 2016

The other day a Model Mayhem male model contacted me about shooting some Time For Pictures shoot. His only request is that his face not be recognizable. They don’t call me Fuzzypictures for nothing, sure I am up for it.

For those who don’t know what Shibari is It’s an ancient Japanese art form developed during the Samari time for bonding their prisoners with rope. It is also referred to as the art of Kinbaku a sensual provocative form of Japanese erotic bondage now becoming popular in America.

That day and still today my flash receivers were acting wooky. Sometimes they worked sometimes not, so exposure was all over the place and I had a lot of over exposed throw aways along with some surprises.

I’ve wanted to add some spooky Images to Peau magazine for the autumn issue sort of as a theme and thought the tattoo’s might do the trick. Who knows what works and what doesn’t?

Tattooed male grasping his head and shoulders.

Dark Zen

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Dark Zen

I haven’t gotten around to trying to adjust the over exposed images yet and maybe I won’t it’s a lot of work finding interesting people and shooting them then selecting images we both like.

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Dark Zen

We chatted about our likes and dislikes but I never asked him the story of why so many tattoo’s. We did exchange information about who some of the tattoo artists were both his and mine where done as I shot.

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Darkk Zen

If I don’t know and like the person ‘I am out of there.’ I am way too old to be uncomfortable anymore, been there done that. My work is about collaboration with the model around a theme, if there is one, I couldn’t do this type of photography without the model having ‘some chops’ as they say in jazz.

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Dark Zen

I need to fix those strobes but this White Lightning 1200 Ultra keeps on kicking, I’ve only two left out of four but what a light.I didn’t need to give him much if any direction as he does this out of love also. I did show him images as we went along so he had an idea of what I was shooting.

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Bamboo pole

We fooled around with this pole for awhile but it didn’t do anything for me not that we didn’t get some interesting shots of his hands holding the pole but I wanted some more so ‘Hey lets try this’ my favorite saying.

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Prisoner of the dark  

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Detail

I am reading a book called The Beauty of Kinbaku a history of the art and artists which got me thinking about what’s Japanese and one of the first think that comes to mind is Bamboo, so I go down to the flower district and find some. Who knew there was a vicious spider living in them and bit me on the elbow while I napped. Yeow some poison I sprayed the whole lot. I don’t like to kill spiders but he attacked me first.

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Dark Zen

Well I’ve saved the best for last, although they were the first images we shot we both loved all of these but the first images blew me away. I looked at them and said ‘that’s it.’ I am not sure I could have planed them any better.

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Dark Zen naked

But wait there is more, our first picture below.

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What am I holding?

Yep that Ultra 1200 is something. This is from one of our first images sets. See I couldn’t do this without someone aware of the creative process.

Jene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to dancers with Shibari

January 21, 2016

thrown in. I shoot as they come to me. people contact me about shooting together and i answer asking them to call me most never do. is talking to people too personal or having their phone number. one can always hide your telephone number my boss has his number come up as ‘unidentified caller’

but this dancer/model after a few emails actually called, maybe being a male he felt safer. i’ve had some women show up who i hoped were friendly because they could have kicked my ass.  but this is the age of FEAR it’s all around us every where we listen os see we are assaulted with guns, shootings, beheadings why did that become popular again? WTF

i love working with dancers and dance it appears so free yet to make something look effortless that’s a lot of effort. when i was a kid and the grown ups were gone i would dance to the radio thinking i was Fred Astaire. i didn’t have any dance training who needs training to express joy of movement? i think this western society is the only society who thinks one needs to learn how to dance.

today working with two different opposite art forms, free dance and restricted Shibari can be fun. discovery is always fun except maybe sticking a screwdriver into an open electric socket.

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Upward

Masa being a young japanese dancer was fumular  with Shibari and wanted different types of pictures for his portfolio was a willing subject, very inhibited.

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reaching out

with grace. i love the shape of his hand. i am very lucky to work with such talented people.

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thinking

at my age i am not sure if my knees would be able to do this for long.

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adding lights

i started with two lights turned one off but basically kept to two lights, as i say i am trying to learn a craft here.

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i love shadows and sometimes things work out when working with sculptures.

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when i first looked through the files i was very disappointed because when we began i turned off the autofocus and all i saw were fuzzy out of focus images. ECK.

true this blog is called fuzzy pictures but there are acceptable limits. but after awhile i changed techniques and moved into rope work.

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here again i love his hands they are so expressive.

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his warrior pose looking forward naked and open to the world.

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so not to being one to leave things alone i added a prop, sparing no expense i moved a ladder on the set.

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i think this looks better in black & white using the ladder for support.

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but here are my favs from the shoot not that i don’t like these or i wouldn’t share them.

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this reminds me of the cross in the roman colosseum

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oh well that’s all i have for today.

waiting for people to return my requests to speak in person, so may people don’t like to call on their phones and talk,  i see so many people looking at their phones on the subway or walking on the street, models, hair people and makeup chairs just don’t make phone calls. people do or don’t.

i understand why television executives are afraid of a ringing phone because they usually mean trouble. one has to make a decision and that means being accountable. being semi retired i don’t have that problem but if i want to collaborate with people we need to talk, at least say hello.

jene


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