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Bound simply put is a celebration of finding art and beauty in a place one wouldn't expect to.
Bound simply put is a celebration of finding art and beauty in a place one wouldn't expect to.
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For an artist, the hardest thing can be finding the genre that moves the soul. We sometimes search aimlessly for days, months, years…then it happens! Without warning, there you are, staring into the depths of your creative spirit.

Bound, simply put, is a celebration of finding art and beauty in a place one wouldn't expect to. Three years ago, I came across a photo of a friend on Facebook. She had been tied in a body harness at a local bar by a friend of hers. I was instantly drawn to it. The ornate knots, clean lines, and pure beauty captivated my creative self, the search was over. Three years later it still moves me as it did then. I hope it moves you as well.

I chose bondage because of the beauty and the juxtaposition of tough, fibrous ropes tight against smooth, fragile skin. I used black and white to enhance the lines and patterns of rope created against the human body and to eliminate distractions present in color images.

In July of 2011, I did my first public showing of Bound. Even though it was 15 pieces and only took up half of the gallery, it was, according to Brian Rauvola owner of the Duluth Photography Institute "one of the biggest events the DPI had that year."

Here is what one viewer named Claire said about last year's show:
The photographs are indeed compelling. Two, especially, drew me in… the image of the bound woman with the glorious cascade of hair filling the frame and that of a bound woman, her eyes closed in ecstasy
I thought Justin photographing his models in black & white was a brilliant decision, the play of light and shadow did, as he claimed previously, enhance the contrast between the rope and the skin.

This year the showing will be bigger, filling the entire gallery space of the Duluth Photography Institute with twenty-five new pieces and a few favorites from last year. Most prints will be at least 16x20 with a few smaller detail prints in between. The show will be up all of August with a grand opening on August 3rd.

I do not sell my prints, they are a work of art and I want them to be viewed by many people.  Thats where this page comes in.  In order to share this work on such a big scale, I am asking for fans of the work to help me out. Money donated will go to printing and mounting of the work as well as refreshments for the guests. 

Images that will be on the postcards and posters:

Male Poster
Male Poster
Female Poster
Female Poster
Last Year's Poster
Last Year's Poster

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    $1 gets you a high five and you get free drinks and snacks at the opening. Sure, everyone that comes to the opening gets free drinks and snacks, but you get a high five too! So thank you :)

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    You get two postcards, one with the 2012 female image and one with the 2012 male image. Thats pretty sweet, right?! If you're outside the USA please add $7 for shipping.

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    You get the two postcards from above as well as a third postcard featuring last years poster image! If you're outside the USA please add $7 for shipping.

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    You get a copy of the female poster (11x17) signed by me! If you are able to come to the opening, I will have it for you that night and will sign it then and there. If you can't make it, I will be shipping in the later part of August. If you're outside the USA please add $7 for shipping.

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    You get a copy of the male poster (11x17) signed by me! If you are able to come to the opening, I will have it for you that night and will sign it then and there. If you can't make it, I will be shipping in the later part of August. If you're outside the USA please add $7 for shipping.

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    You get a copy of BOTH the male and female posters (11x17) signed by me! If you are able to come to the opening, I will have them for you that night and will sign them then and there. If you can't make it, I will be shipping in the later part of August. If you're outside the USA please add $7 for shipping.

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    OH a real treat! You get a copy of BOTH the male and female posters AND last year's poster (11x17) signed by me! If you are able to come to the opening, I will have them for you that night and will sign them then and there. If you can't make it, I will be shipping in the later part of August. If you're outside the USA please add $7 for shipping.

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    You get the both the 2012 posters PLUS a photo rope session! Clothed or not, I'll tie some rope on you and photograph you. These photos will be for your own use, will not show up on my website or in a show unless you want them to. Obviously 18+ and you have to be able to get to Duluth, MN. Can be scheduled from September 2012- April 2013.

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