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Photographer

Jute of Memphis

Posts: 27

Memphis, Tennessee, US

Did a Shibari Shoot for a model who requested it (mostly as a practice and because I had training on the art decades ago {pre-marrage}).   She's shown the photos to other submissives or the word has got out.. now other models are contacting me wanting to be tied up and photographed.  Did I just find a nitch?

May 15 13 07:10 pm Link

Photographer

zaxpix

Posts: 1988

New Brunswick, New Jersey, US

Dunno, but you've certainly found a new word.

It's "niche."

Z.

May 15 13 07:49 pm Link

Photographer

glumpy

Posts: 516

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

I believe there are people doing it even here in oz but if it was a Niche, You have let the cat out of the bag and it won't be for much longer.

May 15 13 07:51 pm Link

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Laura UnBound

Posts: 27372

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Both shooting random lifestylers who want personal photos, and shooting bondage models are niches that people have been working in for years.


Dd you discover a new one for YOU? Maybe, I dunno, did you?

Did you stumble on to something nobody had ever done before? No.

May 15 13 09:57 pm Link

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Big A-Larger Than Life

Posts: 33415

The Woodlands, Texas, US

zaxpix wrote:
Dunno, but you've certainly found a new word.

It's "niche."

Z.

Rofl!

May 15 13 10:21 pm Link

Photographer

Chicchowmein

Posts: 14486

Palm Beach, Florida, US

May 15 13 10:29 pm Link

Photographer

Zack Zoll

Posts: 2643

Glens Falls, New York, US

I suppose it's based on your meaning of the word 'niche.'  It's hardly unexplored territory - Araki being the most obvious example.  Newton did a little, but his was more 'tied restraints' than actual, practiced rope work.  To give you an idea, I'm not even into rope work and I have I think three books in my library from different photographers that feature some of those images.  They style of tying is very different from what you have in your port, but I don't think that makes any difference to someone that isn't already familiar with the subject - even educated people will generally see different rope work as the same thing if they're not into it.

But it's not a common style, no.  So you're not the first to shoot something like this - not by a long shot.  But there's still lots and lots of room for you to put your own spin on it, and do it in a unique way.

Even though I've got a few books of it, I can't remember a single image offhand that wasn't overtly sexual or tongue-in-cheek.  It may be an existing niche, but everyone is treating it like a niche, and nobody seems to be digging past the obvious surface of it.  So if you do your homework and figure out how you can crack that and be different, there's the potential for you to make some really great images.

And if you do that, I'd be really curious to see them.

May 16 13 06:41 am Link