Kinbaku-bi (緊縛美?), Shibari, bondage….whatever, it is beautiful.

One of the highlights of 2010 for me was being introduced to, and having the opportunity to work with, a local chap who professionally calls himself Lord Morpheous (  “Morph” is a local boy who worked local farms and got pretty good at handling rope.  Those skills, combined with an obviously kinky mind, led him to develop a talent for what is often called Shibari, or more simply bondage.  But beautiful bondage.  Really beautiful.  He is now a well known sex educator, and is the author of a successful book:  How to be Kinky:  A Beginner’s Guide to BDSM, and is soon releasing his second book How to be Kinkier. The first book has done very well on where you can get a copy:  How to be Kinky.  It is also available at Indigo, Chapters, and at better kinky stores in Toronto.

The first time I met Morpheous he came to my studio and we did two kinds of images:  a suspension and a partial suspension of one of my favourite local models.  For the suspension, two of my heaviest studio stands were set up and a two-by-four was clamped between them so that Morpheous could  suspend the model (Elle, a.k.a Elle Kingsley on the naked news) as if in space.  Morpheous spent a great deal of time with Elle, being sure she was comfortable and safe at every step of the way.

As he prepared Elle, I set up my lighting and framed the shot.  I was looking for a “fine art” feel, and so had set up a black backdrop and two profoto 1×4 foot strip soft-boxes with the external diffuser removed.  This rim lighting is one of my favourite was to light the nude figure.  When Morpheous was done rigging Elle, he gave her a gentle spin and I captured as many images as I could for about five minutes before we gently brought Elle down.  One of my favourites, is what I call:  “I can’t come to the phone, I’m a little tied up”.


I can't come to the phone right now, I'm a little tied up.


Another great shot from that shoot is the partial suspension.  For this, Elle was placed on a table with similar lighting, though with a little more intensity.  The strop soft-boxes were brought a little closer to the camera position to provide more wrap around Elle’s body.   In addition, a widezoom reflector was placed behind the table and angled up to provide some pop to her hair blowing from a large studio fan.


Elle, I can't come to the phone right now, I'm a little tied up.... (II)


This was my first of two shoots with Morpheous, and I hope to have many more.  His art is incredible, he is very generous with his knowledge, and has worked well with me and my models.

If you like this post, let me know and I’ll follow up with my second Morpheous shoot with a fine Asian model at the Hazelton Hotel.