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Bob Shell: Bondage?

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Bob Shell: Letters From Prison #31

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Letters by Bob Shell, Copyright 2019

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BONDAGE?

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Why are “straight” people so freaked out over bondage? That’s a real puzzle to me. Here in the enlightened Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC), all bondage photos/videos are classified as “violent.”. That would come as a surprise to the thousands of couples who employ bondage as part of their sex play, and buy their bondage gear and sex toys at the local shopping mall or on line. In England the big Sainsbury’s supermarket chain just announced that they will begin selling a selection of sex toys.

Sure, restraining an unwilling person is a violent act, but when both people, Dom and Sub (or Top and Bottom in today’s terminology), are voluntary participants, where’s the violence? Only in the eye of the beholder. And who else’s business is it, anyway?

I can attest to the fact that there was no violence in the 100+ bondage photos I shot for my bondage book. The only violence was violent fits of laughter that the models and I sometimes fell victim to. We laughed until we cried.

Not long ago I had an issue of Vogue confiscated as contraband. You heard right, Vogue, the 126 year old fashion and culture magazine. Why? Bondage. One of the advertisements showed a full page photo of two young women playfully wrapping stockings around one another. That’s bondage? Yep, in the eyes of the VDOC it is. Even though the mailroom censors approved the magazine and gave it to me, I still got a “possession of contraband” charge for having it!

At the same time in the buildup to Halloween this year several cable channels that we get showed movies in which involuntary bondage, usually of nubile females, played a part. I don’t even have a TV, but just passing by the big pod TV put these images before me. Talk about violence! The old “damsel in distress,” (Little Nell tied to a railroad track by Snidely Whiplash, waiting for Dudley Doright to come to the rescue), still attracts viewers, and if she’s mostly naked, so much the better. I’ve got news for the VDOC, I’ve never tied Little Nell, or anyone else, to a railroad track! And seeing two women playfully wrapping stockings around each other only brings a chuckle from me. It never even occurred to me that anyone could look at that playful image and see violent bondage

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If people want to tie each other up, and there’s no force or coercion, whose business is it besides theirs? Even if for sex? So fucking what?!!

For some time the Fifty Shades of Grey books were on the VDOC’s disapproved publications list, but after a while and many complaints, the Publication Review Committee (PRC) changed that and now our libraries can have them. Out of curiosity I read all three books. They’re awful! How they became best sellers is beyond me. But, awful as they are, they should never have been disapproved for anything other than bad writing and saccharine plotting!

Even having something like a publication review committee strikes me as very un-American. You know, the old First Amendment and all that. The current disapproved publications list is many pages long in small print! And they pay people to be on the PRC!

My first bondage photography was with a beautiful young woman who modeled as Elkie Cooper. She’d been referred to me by a photographer friend in DC, and had just turned 18. She says I was her first real photographer. I photographed her for years. I loved her sense of humor; Her website said, “Elkie Cooper, The Other White Meat,” parodying the pork industry’s slogan. I hadn’t even thought about bondage until she sent me some bondage photos of her that another photographer had made. So we tried a bondage session, and got some good images. The only photos in my bondage book made on film are the photos of her. She also appears in the Rotovision book Erotic Photography, to which I contributed several images. A little later that year I booked Maria Shadoes for a shoot, not realizing she was heavily into bondage. She brought her friend Heather along, and I made a bunch of light bondage photos of the two of them. I wanted some of them in my bondage book, but the publisher didn’t like them and they were cut. Maybe someday I’ll do Volume Two and include them.

Then along came Marion and changed everything. I’d never before had a romantic relationship with a model. Of course there is always a measure of sexual tension between photographer and model, and that, in my experience, energizes the session and the resulting images. Some of the best nude photographs ever made are those of Charis Wilson that Edward Weston made, and, of course, they were lovers off camera. Weston’s best are full of erotic tension, even when they’re just bell peppers! I like to think that a similar tension inhabits my best photographs of Marion, bondage or not. To me, and I believe her previous boyfriends, Marion was sexual energy personified. She was like a runaway generator, shooting sparks to anyone nearby, male or female. She couldn’t have turned this off, even if she tried. Only one model I’ve worked with even came close, Tina Marie. Put her together with Marion, as we did, and the energy took over the photo shoot and comes through in those images.

I feel like I was at the peak of my creativity and craft in those bondage and fetish photographs I was making from 2002 until 2007. Then the state shut me down. Maybe one day I will be able to pick up where I left off. I’ve still got a lot of ideas for new images. Just set me free and I’ll go to it!

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About The Author: Bob Shell is a professional photographer, author and former editor in chief of Shutterbug Magazine. He is currently serving a 35 year sentence for involuntary manslaughter for the death of Marion Franklin, one of his former models. Shell was recently moved from Pocahontas State Correctional Center, Pocahontas, Virginia to River North Correctional Center 329 Dellbrook Lane Independence, VA 24348.  Mr. Shell continues to claim his innocence. He is serving the 11th year of his sentence. To read more letters from prison by Bob Shell, click here: http://tonywardstudio.com/blog/bob-shell-the-evolution-of-photography/

 

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2018: The Year in Covers

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December 31, 2018

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Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2018

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As 2018 draws to a close, I would like to thank all of my contributing writers, associates and affiliates for the many compelling articles I’ve had the pleasure of posting over the past year. This gallery of covers represents the diversity of articles and creative talent I’ve had the blessing to work with over the past twelve months, as we converged on a variety of topics ranging from politics to art. The 2018 contributors list includes: Kathryn Brooks, Summer Thomkins, KVaughn, Stanek Gallery, George Krause, Catherine Trifiletti, A.H. Scott, Bob Shell, Mikala Mikrut, Suzaan Talib, Robert Asman, Ed Simmons, Thomcat23, and our newest contributing writer, Katie Kerl.

 

Happy New Year!

 

 

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Katie Kerl: New Year Sexploration

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Text by Katie Kerl, Copyright 2018

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The Kink Shoppe. Copyright 2018

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NEW YEAR SEXPLORATION

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It’s the end of 2018 and it hit me , I’m going to be 35 in a few months . Previously I talked about some serious life issues, but now for some fun. Thinking back on it, I’ve pretty much brought to life anything I’ve ever wanted to do sexually. Sex is so much better in your thirties than in your twenties . People are more open with who they are, what they want, and ASK FOR IT. 

I’ll never understand couples who do not talk about what gets them off. How can you marry someone that does not turn you on, or make you orgasm? The longer you’re in a relationship the more interesting it should get. Sex is all about trust. Telling someone you like to be choked almost to the point of death isn’t exactly something you reveal on a first date. It does come out eventually. 

When talking to someone about what they like I always wonder why? I think personality  has so much to do with our sexual preference. Someone in a higher level of employment under a lot of stress often likes to be dominated. They are telling people what to do all day and don’t want to do it when they get home . 

Extroverts have the try anything once attitude . They are not afraid of threesomes  , being bi-curious , sex in adventurous places,  and are playful . They communicate exactly what they want and get it. An introverts dream if they need someone to bring them out of their shell. 

The narcissist, now they are killers. They tend to have no boundaries when it comes to satisfying their own sexual needs. Even if you’re in a relationship. They will cheat and not think anything of it. Narcissistic people think the world wants to F*ck  them and take every opportunity that comes their way. Usually the good, bad, and ugly. Just because they can. 

People that can’t get out of their own head also like to be dominated, tied up , & choked. If you’re cutting off someone’s air supply, they are forced to focus in the moment and enjoy it. It also makes sensation better when they let go of the grip . 

Philadelphia is a very sexually accepting city. Some of the best places to eat are in the gayborhood . If you’re looking to dance all night you will absolutely have a good time. There are many nice adult stores that do classes and demos for interested couples trying to spice it up. Recently, I heard of a suspended bondage demonstration at KINK SHOPPE,  an upscale adult store in Old City.  Obviously, I needed to see what this was all about.  I’m not going to say I didn’t need a bit of liquid courage to get tied and hung up, but it was a lot of fun! 

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Kink Shoppe: Old City, Philadelphia.

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After happy hour I stopped by the shop. It was free to watch and $5 to be tied up and suspended. PhillySir was the one who ran the demo. My name was called and I stood as he proceeded to tie me up. A few pulls later I was hanging in front of a group of strangers watching me spin around this holiday decorated contraption. 

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Kink Shoppe: Old City, Philadelphia

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Upside down I was trying to imagine what it would be like at home. It was fun to do something completely different after work on a Friday PhillySir runs his own dungeon and from the sounds of it he is pretty busy with clients. I do not think I’d take my curiosity to the dungeon, but at home for sure. 

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Katie Kerl: At Home

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Katie Kerl: At Home

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 If you’re in a stale relationship, try talking to your partner. They may be just as frustrated. Talking to who you love shouldn’t be. I think having open lines of communication is really the goal. It’s not going to be half as bad as you’re thinking. Even if they tell you something they have hidden from you. Realize sex is personal and there is no normal. They were just afraid of being judged. You both may laugh in the end being afraid to communicate  your needs. Take some photos and have a boudoir session. Buy some toys and dress up. After all, Tis the season to be naughty! 

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Happy Holidays  to you all! 

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About The Author

Katie Kerl. Born 1984. Raised in Drexel Hill,  Pennsylvania. 
Attended Drexel University for Behavioral  Psychology .
Occupation : commercial/ residential  design 
Philadelphia resident since 2011 . 
Hobbies include  : Foodie, whiskey drinker,  fitness , cooking  , tattoos , & house music lover . 
Instagram:  @beatz_eatz_n_freaks 
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To access additional articles by Katie Kerl, click here: http://tonyward.com/katie-kerl-family-till-death-do-we-part/

 

    

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Perfect Holiday Gifts: Fashion Fetish 25 Years. Available in Store!

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Fashion Fetish 25 Years

 

 

FASHION FETISH 25 YEARS now available in Storehttp://tonywarderotica.com/store/

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With introduction by A.H. Scott.  Copyright 2018

 

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Now Available in Store: Fashion Fetish 25 Years!

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Fashion Fetish 25 Years

 

 

Studio News:

Fashion Fetish 25 Years.  Introduction by A.H. Scott: Now taking orders in limited edition of 500 copies. Click here to enter Storehttp://tonywarderotica.com/store/

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Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2018

 

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