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:
- (18 days)