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Asia Bondage

Steven Speliotis

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ISBN 10: 398076026X / ISBN 13: 9783980760263
Verlag: Goliath Books, 2002
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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: Gorgeous b/w nude photography of several dozen,Asian women, elegantly, often intricately bound.,On the one hand a stunning, sensual, highly,stylised collection, yet also an open, explicitly,sexual selection of erotic nudes, these,photographs play with the traditional concepts,of submissive and dominant, each woman becoming,an active participant in the photograph, a,controlling force in the imagery, and an enticing,and erotically exciting challenge to the viewer.,150 b/w photos. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_usedgood_398076026X

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Several dozen Asian women -- well-educated, independent, liberated, experimentally-minded, and familiar with the stereotype of the submissive Asian female -- volunteered to participate in this highly- stylized fine art. In these photographic images by a non-Asian male, they appear elegantly nude and often intricately bound, often not just participating consensually but actually controlling the scenario, and thus the imagery, while ostensibly surrendering all power to another. These images are * a collaborative form of body art * exemplify the traditional values of classic creative studio photography -- formal exploration, spatial drama, nuanced lighting, concern with chiaroscuro, attention to textural detail These unusual partnerships succeed, the photos a microcosm in which they move through and past stereotypes into a zone of unexpected freedom and mutual empowerment. With an introduction by A.D. Coleman.

Vom Verlag: What should we make of a project in which several dozen Asian women -- well-educated, independent, liberated, experimentally minded, and certainly familiar with the stereotype of the submissive Asian female -- volunteer to participate in the production of highly stylized fine-art photographic images by a non-Asian male in which they appear nude and elegantly, often intricately, bound? In the B&D scene, one speaks of dominants as "tops" and submissives as "bottoms." So I could propose that, in the parlance of that sexual preference, these women are "topping from below": not just participating consensually but actually controlling the scenario, and thus the imagery, while ostensibly surrendering all power to another. I could instead describe it as a collaborative form of body art, in which artist/photographer and model/performer join forces as partners to generate potent iconic imagery addressing the complex relationship of physical and psychological constraint and release, restriction versus freedom, control and abandon, the dynamic tension between feminine and masculine energies. Alternatively, I could analogize these works to the experimental Japanese dance form called butoh, in which motion and activity periodically resolve in suddenly frozen, dramatic configurations. Or propose it as a branch of sumi-e, classic Japanese ink-brush painting, wherein precise execution of spontaneous gestures results from meditative inner sources in combination with careful, patient preparation. From a different perspective, I could suggest that, for both the photographer and his subjects, this represents a form of play: play with each other, play with cultural assumptions, play with the body, play with the medium of photography, play with the minds of the viewers of these pictures. I could point out that these pictures exemplify the traditional values of classic creative studio photography -- formal exploration, spatial drama, nuanced lighting, concern with chiaroscuro, attention to textural detail -- while investigating that creative territory in which the artist's inventiveness and the imaginative function of the libido find common ground. However we consider them, these dualities and contradictions resolve and these partnerships succeed. Together, Steven Speliotis and his accomplices construct a microcosm in which they move through and past stereotypes into a zone of unexpected freedom and mutual empowerment. By offering these visions for our consideration, they invite us to join them there. So, finally, I could recommend that we let these images speak for themselves, and listen to the subtle resonances of the varied voices in which they do so.

A. D. Coleman©

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Titel: Asia Bondage

Verlag: Goliath Books

Erscheinungsdatum: 2002

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand: Used

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