After completing reBOUND, Shibari Style Impressions I was left with a void. Not knowing where to go from here with my rope work. Tying women for me is such a rewarding experience I started to wonder what tying men would be like. While reflecting on this my brother Ben came to mind. I began to formulate a vision for a Men in Rope Project. My inspiration and motivation for this project crystalized within my heart and mind.
In 1999 my brother Ben, a gay man, died at age 40. He had active AIDS at the time of his death and lived with HIV for about 16 years. He was a kind man with a gentle soul and a magnanimous individual. This project was created to honor his memory and the stand he took to further the cause for people with HIV and AIDS. To take that further I am contributing a significant amount of the proceeds of the sale of the future book to HIV/AIDS Nonprofit Organizations who provide services directly to the people who need them in order to enhance the quality of thier lives. I believe this will honor my brother's memory.
Having studied and worked with people my whole life I have some definitive opinions as to the difference in psychology where tying men and women are concerned. I intend to show this difference in psychology through capturing men in my style of Japanese Inspired Rope Bondage. I am thrilled to undertake this journey. What I have noticed so far is that I am able to capture the raw intensity of the male energy in bondage. This is edgy and powerful. I hope to complete this project by the end of Febraury 2012 by having a book designed.
In the albums below you will see a sampling of the photographs taken of the 18 men who now appear in my new book, INTENSITY, Men in Rope. The design is complete and the Pre Print Sale will begin on March 18, 2012.