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Raaj
 Raaj
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January 22, 2020 10:04 pm  

I met some wonderful people recently from what is loosely described as the "Kink/BDSM Community".  I was honored to be invited to a photoshoot.  These folks are some of the most honest, unassuming, open and welcoming people that I've ever encountered.  They are also incredibly creative!  While I will not be sharing many images from this session in keeping with the wishes of the models, here is one that I did get permission to post.

Leica M246 "Monochrom" + Summicron 50 @f/2.  RAW conversion in ACR, minor post in PS CC.  Images from the M246 Monochrom seldom need a ton of post work.  

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All critique and feedback welcome!

Cheers!

 

 

 


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Joe Tori
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January 25, 2020 5:52 pm  

Provocative and evocative.  The image challenges the viewer to look beyond the model’s gauze-wrapped face.  To try and countenance the circumstance.  What is she thinking?  The gauze doesn’t completely hide her expression.  Who says windows are the eyes to the soul?  Her pose exudes confidence and mystery. Convention and defiance of it.  Nonchalance and, yet, awareness.  At the same time, the image evokes both Edward Weston and Helmut Newton.  Weston, in the creamy, almost large-format quality of rendering.  Newton, in the forwardness of the image, albeit without the in-your-faceness of it.  Lots to ponder here.  I like it!  More!


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John Motzi
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January 26, 2020 6:05 am  

I agree with @jtori - this really needs to be part of a series for the full effect.


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Raaj
 Raaj
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January 26, 2020 9:43 am  
Posted by: @jtori

Provocative and evocative.  The image challenges the viewer to look beyond the model’s gauze-wrapped face.  To try and countenance the circumstance.  What is she thinking?  The gauze doesn’t completely hide her expression.  Who says windows are the eyes to the soul?  Her pose exudes confidence and mystery. Convention and defiance of it.  Nonchalance and, yet, awareness.  At the same time, the image evokes both Edward Weston and Helmut Newton.  Weston, in the creamy, almost large-format quality of rendering.  Newton, in the forwardness of the image, albeit without the in-your-faceness of it.  Lots to ponder here.  I like it!  More!

Thank you for your considered comments. This model is indeed a strong, confident and entirely self-possessed lady.  She was at the shoot with her husband who is a photographer/artist and does terrific work in Alt Process printing.

I found your comments about the large-format-like characteristic of this image interesting.  Much of that comes from the post processing work.  I finally feel like I've learned enough about image processing, and specifically photoshop, that I can pretty effortlessly (in the sense that I don't have to go discover and learn how to do certain things that I want to execute) much of the time.  Of course, learning both image processing and Photoshop is a life-long journey and I intend to keep that going!  

It is of course very flattering to have Weston and Newton even mentioned in connection with one's image(s) so thank you!

Cheers!


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Raaj
 Raaj
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January 26, 2020 9:57 am  
Posted by: @jmotzi

I agree with @jtori - this really needs to be part of a series for the full effect.

Thanks John!  There is a series.  And some of the other images are more powerful than this one...

I did not initially share the images for two reasons:

1. I did not want to share any images until I had consent from the models.  

2. I was hesitant to share images that potentially document activity and self-expression at the (potentially) extreme ends of the continuum of  human sexuality for some people.  I find it fascinating that our sexuality is as natural as breathing, and yet we tend to build all these walls and obstacles and stories and preconceived notions and judgements, and indeed shame around it. When I participated in this shoot and met all these wonderful people, I was struck by how fearless and confident they are.  In addition to being accepting and possibly non-judgmental.  They are also some of the most warm and friendly people I've met.  I fully intend to continue to work with and befriend these folks - they are just terrific human beings.

I also realize that by hesitating to post the series, I'm letting these obstacle and judgments shape my thinking. By allowing this, I'm letting myself be part of the judgments and labelling that I do not accept as a part of who I am.  Therefore, with approval from the models I intend to post the series for your comments.  I realize that the images may  be too "out there" for some of the Café gang.  If that is indeed the case ( i do not want to make  judgments on the Café gang either!) I apologize in advance for disturbance I may cause.  Though to be honest with you all, I love "disturbing the force" 🙂  I do not however want to give offense.  So I will put [NSFW, Fetish] in the titles so that those of us that are not comfortable can skip the discomfort.

Is that ok with you all?  Please do let me know.

Thanks!


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Raaj
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January 26, 2020 10:41 am  

I took the liberty of sharing this thread with the creatives from this shoot.  This is what a couple of them had to say:

"Just checked out the forum. So honored and truly looking forward to keeping up with all the feedback you will be receiving on the “primal series”.

Also, bravo for taking the “risk” of exploring, and opening your mind to the link/bdsm world and sharing your perspective and representation of it to your fellow peers. There is a lot of negative connotations to this kind of lifestyle and as we  convey our story through our art it’s also very loving, trusting and uniquely beautiful in (our) world. Also with that said - thank you for appreciating our print work!
We are honored to have met you and grateful that you can see the reality and beauty in the kink/bdsm world.
Looking forward to collaborating again soon! And as always you have our consent."
 
Minor edits to the above to remove names.
 
Cheers!

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