|With Shibari artist Miyagi-san|
Finally my first blog entry since arriving in Japan! Despite my busy schedule out here, I’ve been managing to scatter photoshoots here and there. However, putting priority on personal and family affairs have been preventing me from fully concentrating on modelling work let alone catching up on my blog for which I have quite a backlog! Never mind. Now that I have more spare time since last week till I leave in January end, I could now focus more on creating quality work. And what better place for an authentic Japanese bondage Shibari shoot by a proper Japanese rope artist than Japan itself!
Well, I have done a number of shibari shoots in the past but with Western rope artists. Being picky and working only through recommendation, I have been lucky enough to have worked in the UK with wonderful riggers like Wykd Dave and Rod McDonald as well as in Japan with Nuitdetokyo who is French. However, I have always wanted to work with a Japanese rope artist to fully experience the native way. Thus on 14 November 2012, I had the opportunity to shoot with Spanish photographer David Rodriguez Toro with whom I worked with many times before. We have been talking about doing a Shibari shoot for some time and through corresponding on Facebook, David was able to find a reliable and experienced Shibari artist. Enter Jun Miyagi!
We all met up at Meguro station around 10 am. Along with David and Miyagi-san came another Spanish photographer, David Solanes, who was assisting that day, and also a graphic illustrator known as Zwanhg who is also from Spain. The latter is a friend of David and was interested in creating a few “gore” illustrations through photos of me being tied up in rope. Now, that sounds very inspiring and I look forward to seeing his work!
Miyagi-san was a very pleasant, polite and unassuming gentleman. He took his time to describe what sort of ropework he was going to do for each set, whilst listening to David’s ideas. When I told him about the radial nerve injury and subsequent trauma I had faced last year from a suspended position I did, he was most concerned. He explained this is typically the result of having the middle of the bicep area sharply compressed for a long time, since the area hits the radial nerve. Throughout the shoot, Miyagi-san kept asking me whether or not I was comfortable and insisted that I tell him if the ropes were too tight. Apart from being skilled with the ropes, he clearly knew what he was doing! I would definitely like to work with him again in future and of course would very much recommend this wonderfully talented artist.
Once again, David is never short of quirky ideas! Being the exhibitionist I am and open-minded compared to the models out here in Japan, I enjoy capturing the daring and experimenting with concepts that may “shock” yet leave to the viewer’s imagination. This Shibari shoot was one of them. Likewise, David seems pleased to be able to work with someone like me, as I’m not afraid to explore provided I am comfortable with it.
David is still working on some of the photos but I thought I would share my favorite one as above. It features Miyagi-san as the “master” and really represents Japanese erotic photography though in milder terms. The vulnerable image of me slightly exposed and loosely-wrapped in yukata secured by the ropes and the tattoos on Miyagi-san’s arm, as well as the gloomy black & white colouring of the photograph, strongly depict the mood. I must also add that my apartment in Tokyo has a small “Japanese room” complete with 4.5 tatami mats, a tokonoma corner, paper oshiire closets and shoji with wooden frames. Last winter was especially a cold one which caused the paper on the shoji to tear, leaving holes between the wooden frames. I have not gotten around to repairing that but it came as a blessing for this shoot because as Miyagi-san suggested, it added to the eerie atmosphere typical in Japanese erotic images.
I would like to thank all four of the guys for taking their time to come over and making this wonderful shoot possible. For more information about David’s work, check out his website and blog. I look forward to working with both of you again!
|Hoping to receive the uncensored version soonest!|