In addition to classic nudes, I am looking to extend my fetish portfolio and explore erotica. Unlike glamour or fashion modelling, they have no age limit if well pulled off. It’s all about the art of making a statement and leaving the viewer with awe. Fetish involves role playing to one’s fixations and fantasies, and thus, I find the idea of being in control wearing latex and boots just as exciting as being subject to the beautiful art of rope bondage. Erotica aims to provoke and tease without the “in your face” vulgarity. Not to be confused with pornography, it means exposing yourself elegantly and looking refreshingly sensual as opposed to overtly sexual. The purpose is to leave the viewer imagining with the wow factor.
I was lucky to be able to capture a few such images during my trip. Dmitri Reyer, the photographer with whom I was travelling in Sweden, has also been looking to explore the more outrageous. So we decided to shoot some discreetly naughty yet subtly classy images in the living room using the natural light from the window. We wanted to capture this “home” feel for a more spontaneous effect. Again all the images were nude but it was about projecting a statement and focussing on the emotions. The first set I was to assume a submissive role. I wore nothing but a collar and leash, tugging at it whilst staring aimlessly out the window. I really liked this image because it captured helplessness and despair without any exaggerated facial expressions of fear. Relying on the natural light coming in from the window further enhanced the calm but gloomy mood.
And now for some role reversal and some truly bitchy stuff! Dmitri cleared the dining table and had me sit on it. Then had me wear nothing but my infamous pair of über-high Perspex platform sandals embellished with “BITCH” spelt loud and clearly across the side in diamante. I sat and propped my legs and knees up to enhance the shoes which clearly required posing rather indecently. To top it all, I had this “don’t think you can f*** with me” smirk on my face. And you’d think the image would turn out vulgar? Wrong! With clever lighting, correct facial expression and making the image black and white, the result came out very tastefully. Even our parents would have been proud!
Another highlight to this shoot was an even more daring pose. This time, I lay down on the table facing the window with my legs sprawed out. Yep clearly for all the passer-by’s outside to see! I must admit that even I was a little apprehensive but thought what the heck, is anyone really going to notice? Besides, at that time of the day on a weekday in a quiet Stockholm suburb, there was not a soul in sight. Dmitri took the photo from behind me. And wow, the result was so stunning! You can clearly see me with my legs wide open but the image was cleverly taken from an angle so that my chest was obstructing the area between my legs. Being black and white further made the image look more serious and aesthetically pleasant. Something that would be perfect for a Taschen photography book!
It is always great fun shooting with Dmitri and experimenting with different concepts. This time there was a fetish and erotica element to them by being more daring. The images nevertheless came out so tastefully and elegantly with immaculate lighting, interesting angles and perfect composition. And he is right, I should stick to being photographed doing more artistic stuff as they suit me best. It’s wonderful to be reminded that I can still manage to pull off looking exquisite and elegant when I’m nude and even assuming a risqué pose. I definitely should exploit that. Thanks so much, Dmitiri, for believing in me. I look forward to shooting more of these with you again soon!
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