Category: Photographers and Art

Shibari and Contemporary Art

Shibari can be a form of contemporary art. First of all, art should not fulfill a practical purpose. Now, anyone who knows Shibari has seen that, even though it is helpful to relieve stress or to concentrate, it is actually a very contemplative activity. Point number two, it requires a specific set of skills, just…
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Shibari’s Artistic Value

It is ironic that the first form of Japanese bondage was actually a way of torture. However, as it frequently happens in human history, activities originated in a very different realm end up becoming a cultural staple on its own. Think, for example, on the phonograph. Edison’s original intention was that it served as a…
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A Tie is a Strong Hug

A tie is a strong hug: it is an erotic conduction between two people. But why is immobilizing or restricting movement erotic? To begin with, for the tied person, the effect is partly physical. Think of the pressure of the ropes on sensitive points and erogenous zones: a soft or rough friction that depends on…
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Shibari Photoshoots

Shibari became more popular when it made its way to Europe and America in the early 1900s. Then, it became more popular after World War II. Nowadays, Shibari is more accessible than it was before. Every day you can find more events, shibari lessons, workshops, performances, expos and photoshoots than before. The journey with rope…
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Bomma

Founded in 2012, Bomma is a company that brings the traditional Czech glassmaking craft to new and dynamic levels. Bomba is a group with top-level talented skills with sets today’s highest standards of glassmaking. Bomba emphasizes contemporary designs, outstanding glass quality and detail. This has brought the company many awards and worldwide recognition in a…
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Nobuyoshi Araki

Nobuyoshi Araki is a contemporary Japanese photographer who is famous for his erotic imagery and prolific output. Nobuyoshi was born in Tokyo Japan, on Mary 25th, 1940. He studied photography at Chiba University and began pursuing his career as a commercial photographer in 1963. Nobuyoshi Araki lives in Tokyo, Japan, which has served him as…
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Jyowa “Rope Series”

Jyowa “Rope Series” is a project featuring Nawashi Kanna with Kagura and Pedro Cordas as the Filmmaker. It all started in Tokyo in 2011 as a documentary film. Jyowa is an aesthetic experience that takes the viewer into the unique universe of five of Japan’s top artists. Jyowa presents the 5 most recognized artists, Naka…
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Anna Reivilä

Anna Reivilä is a Photographer with a Master degree in Fine Arts. Born in 1988, she lives and works in Finland. Anna’s art explores the symbolism of Japanese Bondage. Actually, she applies the tied and knotted rope technique to elements of nature. Therefore, her exposition “Bond” is a combination of photographic, sculptural and performative elements.…
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Figure of A

Figure of A is an accessories brand that takes its inspiration from Japanese rope bondage. The main desginer is Anna Kii, a rope artist and fashion designer, based in London. Anna practiced rope bondage for several years. Later, she came up with the idea of making a Shibari wearable. This way, she would combine her…
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Nobel Manqué

Nobel Manqué is a bondage and erotic photographer, bondage rigger and bondage instructor working in Portland, Oregon. He works with a variety of rope bondage styles, from traditional Shibari/Kinbaku, to western Damsel-in-distress ties, and dynamic full-suspension bondage. He is also the founder of Noble Rope Arts. Noble Manqué began exploring consensual rope restraint in 1973.…
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