BONDAGE IN THE CHANGING TIMES
Bondage has its roots in Japanese martial arts and prisoner bondage. Originally only men were bound (hojōjutsu, hayanawa, torinawa). In the sexual context Bondage is mentioned only in the Edo period (1603-1868). Only women were bound.
In the 1950s and 60s of the last century bondage developed into Kinbaku/Shibari. Initially often in the club scene with only a few inaugurated spectators or actors.
A man named Denki had the idea to put the rope in a double layer and to tie it up. The double layer of the rope is more pleasant on the body than the previous single rope. On the basis of the double layer the rope is still tied today.
Through documentations (photographs and videos) of men’s captivating women in Japanese clubs, bondage gradually became known in the western world. In this century bondage is a firm component of European metropolises. Especially in the last decade, new bondage studios were created here with great dynamism.
Among others in Copenhagen, Paris, London, Prague, Berlin and Rome there are larger communities with sometimes many hundreds of members. Close contacts are maintained with the grandmasters from Japan and they are invited to attend courses in Europe. Among other things, new teachers are trained here. Many teachers develop their own styles and bondage and pass it on to their students. At international bondage festivals, like-minded people meet to exchange ideas.
Today, strict stereotypes and role models are disappearing. The cliché of active and passive that has been common in the BDSM scene for a long time is dissolving: Women tie up men, men tie up women, women tie up women and men tie up men.
SOFTBONDAGE ON THIS WEBSITE
Bondage shows itself on the following pages as a very intensive, multi-faceted and deep form of communication between body, mind and soul. Following the principle: safe, spiritual-physical, healthy and consensual, unique impressions and encounters are created, which are documented here photographically.
In addition to capturing and conveying the energetic, the visual, aesthetic aspect is essential and shows up to self-dyed ropes, which are in harmony with the model (mostly chosen by him).
All photographs are taken in the utmost privacy without assistants for authentic depth and emotional results.