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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Art of Bondage Photo 4 - The Perma-Squirmer!


In the dark dungeons of Alzeroth, she learned to perma-squirm! Click on the pic to get a wallpaper-sized copy of the image. You're welcome! Image source: Hogtied.com.

As I've noted in previous posts, sometimes bondage imagery becomes art. Not lowercase a art, I mean, Art! It's hard to say whether or not the intent is there, but the EFFECT is definitely there.

This Hogtied.com image, which I have dubbed "The Perma Squirmer" is a wonderful case in point. It uses color, shape and form and a very original bondage pose to create a multilevel artwork that succeeds both as porn and as art. There's no doubt that the image is highly erotic. The way the model's butt and back are arched, a collection of smooth, luscious curves that are in stark contrast to the straight line of the dildo pole sticking out of her ass. The image is a beautiful evocation of sexual arousal in bondage, the woman's body straining and squirming in the harsh, restrictive bondage.

The image also works on another level, it's very evocative of traditional "art" nudes in which nude models, generally photographed while twisting and contorting their bodies in various ways that resemble this bondage image, which are then labelled "Spring" or "Joy" or "Grace" so you'll know it's art and not porn. "Perma-Squirmer" works as a sly dig at such images one one level, arguing FOR the sexual content that art nude creators seeks to minimize or deny. It doesn't deny the sexual content of the image, that dildo pole puts it out front and center.

What's more, the bondage is in stark contrast to the similarly-themed "art" nudes in which the model is often thusly posed while in mid-leap in an alpine meadow (or studio equivalent). The model's pose here is the product of very carefully planned, rigorously applied bondage. One knee is secured to a metal ring, that leg is tied doubled back on itself and the big toe is tied to the model's other knee, which is in turn secured at the ankle to a ballgag head harness the model wears (controlling the angle of her head) and by the big toe to an unseen ring. (Also, the dildo pole is secured to a rope running off the knot around her ankle.) Her hands are tied in a elaborate rope harness that leaves them coupled over and pinioned to her shoulders. The squirming, writhing pose of the model is thus seen as a controlled phenomenon. She is perma-squirming, like it or not.

In addition, the image works visually, with the model's curves working in opposition to the straight lines of the floor's planking, and her honey-brown skin contrasting nicely with the honey-brown wood she is bound on. The angularity of the ropes and the dildo pole also contrast nicely with the model's body. The gleaming skin of the model works against the flat matte color of the boards, except where the water has dampened the boards, where they gleam like the model's body. As a color composition it's a study in tone and contrast.

But since there's a naked woman, a dildo pole and rope bondage involved, we KNOW it can't be art ... right?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pornography: any image which has the primary purpose of sexually arousing the viewer.

Hence that image, and indeed any other such image, is not art. Art is about appreciating the beauty of a composition WITHOUT the distraction (or bias) of having a boner in your pants.

Pat Powers said...

Sure, that's a fair working definition of pornography, but I don't think that because a particular work was created with the purpose of arousing the viewer (or reader) it CAN'T be art. Art is just about appreciating the beauty of a composition, period, boner in your pants or not. Some pornography is accidentally art, and some pornography may be created to intentionally have an artistic component, I say you can enjoy the artistic intent AND the boner in your pants, both at the same time. No reason why the one has to rule out the other. And I think the perma-squirmer is a great example of that. I also think that some of the world's great art has long been appreciated as porn. You think people weren't getting off on Goya's Nude Maja back in the day (even though she wasn't really nude? You think people weren't getting off on my great granddaddy Hiram Powers' statue "The Greek Slave"? You think ol' Hiram didn't KNOW people would get off on it?

http://politicallysexy.blogspot.com/2010/12/great-great-great-grandaddy-hiram.html

Porn is a completely artificial distinction, it really does not exist. It's all art, just some people have to label some art forms taboo as they have come down through the ages.

http://www.bondagerotica.com/articles/arrow-vs-youtube-bondage/arrow-vs-youtube-bondage.html