Vice AnvilPhotographer Male Joliet, Illinois, US
Mayhem # 2637627
About MeI like this. Some people see my bondage photos and think I've gone off the deep end - lol. All I'm doing is adding a touch of cinematic thrill to the otherwise very normal, but hardly mundane, nude shoots that we've all already done.
We watch TV and movies and it's exciting to see the damsel in distress waiting to be rescued by the virtuous hero. No plot is captivating without a great bad guy. What can I say, I'm the hero and the bad guy all wrapped into one. ;) And just like TV and the Movies, at the end of the shooting day, everyone goes home happy and unhurt. I'm no different.
Those are exactly the exciting moments I like to depict with some of my images (not all). Please don't judge my bondage work as some glorification of the exploitation of women. It's not. Better yet, if you do, please start your criticism with Hollywood, first. When you convince them to stop, as if you'd really want to, then you can come and talk to me. I'm just testing your acting skills with a nice, hard edge to it. That's all.
I view ropes and leather restraints as something you merely wear, like any additional article of clothing. Chains, too, for that matter. They're just "clothes" and I can make them cover as much as a bikini. You don't even have to be restrained. Just wear the stuff and pose. If you think of ropes as nothing more than large, thick threads, as I do, this style becomes a lot less outrageous and intimidating. That's pretty much what got me going in this direction in the first place. But I do love that it shocks the crap out of the right people! ;)
I promise: No animals or models were injured or maimed during the production of my portfolio. :)
Some say models are "Fine until 29" and although I love working with younger models, models in their "Dirty Thirties" and beyond have shown a deeper appreciation for my work. Nothing can compare to the life experience and passion you ladies bring to a shoot, NOTHING. In fact, women whose boobs may not be quite as tight and firm are actually BETTER for certain kinds of rope work. Younger or older, though, your age does NOT count against you! Not in MY book, anyway.
I am a VERY capable and experienced photographer with high-end gear. I can also shoot "normal" if you want "normal," I'm just not sure why you'd want to? Better to live the erotic adventure and set yourself apart from the crowd.
Always calm in a storm, I offer a mature approach to sketchy and sometimes chaotic situations. I can handle myself under pressure. People have always told me I'm a steady constant they can depend on. They say they feel safe around me, and seem to value my opinion.
Although very independently-minded, I do care what other people think, as long as they have something intelligent to say. I'm very open to constructive critique, yet I'm very hostile to mindless put-downs. We do this to express ourselves and I won't let anyone talk trash about the models I shoot with. In the same vein, it also feels great when people say, "Wow!"
Toward that end, I try to create art that others will enjoy, in whatever way that means to them, but no one will enjoy looking at it more than we will enjoy making it.
One of the goals I'm focusing on this time around is to produce a book. I have the title, how would you like to be the subtitle? (pun intended)
I'm very open to almost any kind of shoot. After what I've seen, not much shocks me. If there's a doable idea that pings your cortex, by all means let's do it! But I still try to discern between quality images vs lack of effort. I do hope you think some of my work is good. If you think it's bad, help me make it better. I'm open-minded and would really love to hear your out-of-the-box ideas.
Are we depicting fantasy? Or reality? I leave that up to you.
I find it interesting how very similar the facial expressions are between opposite emotions, pain and pleasure, anguish and ecstasy, angst and nirvana. Compare the expressions at the moment of intense despair and intense desire, without fail they are one and the same. If you look, you'll see the commonalities. If you practice them right now, you'll FEEL what I mean. Close your eyes and listen to a movie or TV show that has a damsel struggling in distress. Tell me she doesn't also sound like she's in the throes of an intensely heated sexual encounter. Why are those two things so similar? Why are fear and arousal so closely related? Why are you drawn to the fire that burns you?
That's not the only place opposites are so closely related, and seem to attract.
Why do people cry when they're happy? Or laugh when they're mad?
This "oppositeness" is as baffling as it is comprehensible (another opposite?). The most bountiful and boundless artists work within strict and demanding limitations, usually imposed by themselves. Fetish models express the feeling of how restraints have set them free, that bondage is liberating, and that submission empowers their desires. It's also in the quaint way the french have phrased, "le petite mort," as a popular reference to a sexual orgasm, and literally means "little death"... yet without it, there is no life.
There is something powerfully philosophical to these opposites, yin and yang, day and night, id and ego, male and female. I'm not trying to unlock their secrets, I simply enjoy the beauty of living within the mysticism of not fully understanding them.
Then there are the give-and-take, offer-and-return aspects of opposites, as in Karma, which can result in a positive upward spiral. Trust and trustworthiness (of ultimate importance to bondage and submission). You hope the love you give will be equal to the love you receive, but it rarely is. That's why we do this.
If you don't want to shoot, then there's not much point in making contact, is there? No need to add me as a friend if it's not going anywhere. So let's shoot. There, that was easy.
Lastly, these shoots are done by consenting adults who seek fun and enjoyment looking for new, edgier life experiences. Like I said above, at the end of the shoot, everyone goes home happy and unhurt. In fact, I'm a trained and certified masseur. After putting you through the ringer on a shoot, I can give you the most hedonistic massage you've ever had. Oils, aroma, music. See? I really am the Hero and Villain all wrapped into one, and it all happens in the course of just a few hours. Better than a movie, though, you're the actual character. The leading lady! Shooting with me is like feasting on a Swedish Smorgasbord of art (and no calories), and getting pampered at an artistic Swedish Spa! While going home with incredible photos you never thought would look so good on you! How can you say no?
- Vice Anvil
SOME IDEAS: Be a part of my "Tease the V" series! Also: All-American girl-next-door bikini beach bondage (top of my list), ink or no ink, it'll be great both ways; Seedy whiskey and cigarettes in an alley or in a trashy cheap motel room; Topless or fully nude with ropes and a blindfold; Ask me about my simple, but visually cool idea for electrical tape; Making a mess of cake and ice cream - with your feet; Anonymous body parts with simulated semen oozing over them; Fetish nudes outdoors or in public; Inspirations in front of a fridge; Colorful water balloons; A sexy storyline of exhibitionism and voyeurism; Damsels in desire; and several others; along with any you'd like to suggest.
Final Note: Please bring your own ball-gags and any other personal accessories
(you wouldn't want to use someone else's, would you?).
The Real Autumn