Art exhibitions, BDSM films and getting out and about.

As some of you will know I like to get out and about and go to galleries, shows and films. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing two things lately which i think are of particular interest.

The first was an exhibition of the French photographer Pierre Molinier: Id been aware of his work for ages – his intense self portraits and auto erotic scenes – but had never seen the work ‘in person’. What a treat is was, over 40 original photographs by the artist, I enjoyed the experience so much I went to see the show twice. Here’s a link to the exhibitions archive at Richard Saltoun http://www.richardsaltoun.com/exhibitions/43/overview/

The photographs displayed on the website are lovely, but they don’t really convey the atmospheric beauty and the sensation of both joy and defiance present in the work. Standing in the gallery I kept wondering what it might be like to live with one or more of these pieces day in day out, how that relationship might develop and change over time. These works present a repetition of poses, the artists exhibitionism and erotic experience, performed over a span of 30 years.

One wonders at the mindset of Pierre Molinier: cross dressing in the 1950-70s, in times that certainly did not support sexual or gender exploration. What comes across is the creation of a semi private space in which a very particular relationship with self  and viewer was developed. My personal favourite images were the images of Molinier’s delicate stockinged feet : the ankles bound with rope. So subtle and yet so resonantly erotic, I felt I could have sat with those images forever.

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Also incredibly visually beautiful was the work of Melbourne film maker and erotic adventurer Gala Vanting of Sensate Productions. Her film ‘Love Hard’ made two screenings at the Cinema Museum. The venue alone was worth a visit, I recommend it!

The film was a series of edited ‘highlights’ from longer individual films made with the people featured. Scenes of play, sometimes graphic, sometimes quiet, sometimes abstract, were intercut with ‘talking head’ pieces of the participants expounding on their thoughts, motivations, spiritual discoveries or simple lusts within BDSM.

Probably a little bit too ‘navel gazing’ for my tastes, I tend to enjoy My kink filthy and to celebrate when it is. I’ve thought about it a lot, still ponder things, but there is an acceptance of this being a part of Myself, to the point where I let go of analysis.

It’s a minor criticism, I’m very glad the work exists, for while I might find it a little wordy, thank goodness there ARE such films being produced!

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 12.32.23Looking back with more of an ‘eye of distance’ I’d like to watch the film again. I think of how many conversations I have with people about where their BDSM interests may have originated, or in fact the battle to overcome the stigma associated with exploring such desires. As I’m some one who has the luxury of living it, perhaps it’s too easy for Me to be over familiar with kink themes. You can watch the trailer for the film here and also buy ‘Love Hard’ and other titles from Sensate online.

Speaking of getting out and about, I will be away in New York much of December, so I will either see you very soon, or in 2016!! Happy NY Travels!!

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