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The Dark Arts’ LIGHT / SHADOW / COLOR and power in restraint

by Jiz Lee on / Art, BDSM, Books, Erotica & Anthologies

Restraint, or rather, the act of being restrained, can reveal power. Of all the elements of BDSM, at this moment in my life I’m finding inspiration in the art of restraint. It is within the act of locating and testing barriers, of pulling and fighting against tension that I discover what’s possible. It’s a feeling of physical and emotional strength that is the opposite of submitting or giving in, or of being dead weight. It’s an active push against limitations that creates a counterbalance, defies gravity, and transforms into dance.

This element is what I explored recently when I had the pleasure of shooting bondage photos with The Dark Arts. We produced some stunning photographs, and I’m very proud to see them included in a beautiful and unique new bondage photography book, LIGHT/SHADOW/COLOR.

If you follow my Instagram you’ve seen a few “SFW” versions, but here’s a quick taste without the ridiculous, needless censorship. (Can you tell I abhor censorship of the body and believe it does more harm than good? But I digress…)

LIGHT/SHADOW/COLOR is available for pre-sale through a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The book is beautiful and at $45 well worth the price of a full color 300 page photography book. There are other perks available, such as a framed print of the image I’ll share below. I’ve never felt so powerful and super-hero like than in this pose! If you do order this print along with the book, The Dark Arts will see that you’re added to my Holiday Card mailing list as well.

Pre-order a copy for yourself and support the creation of a beautiful and unique (and a hell of a lot more diverse) addition to bondage photography genre, one I’m honored to be a part of. Also, much love and shout out to Nenetl Avril, whom was among the first models I saw pose for The Dark Arts, and a big part of why I wanted to pose too.

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Good Reads, Great Books

Right now I’m nearing the half-way mark of a new book, “Feed“, by Mira Grant.

It’s reminding me how much I love reading, something that I seem to have less and less time for these days. Which means that I have to schedule it into my life and make room for it, something that is hard at first for this workaholic, but ultimately is so satisfying.

I’ve always found reading to be more inspiring than video; imagination may forever outweigh video’s special effects. The scenes from my favorite stories burn deepest in my brain.

Reading is sexy, thus re-iterated by everyone’s favorite John Waters quote. What books are on your bedstand? These are mine, and you can submit your own to BooksOnMyBedstand.tumblr.com.

So in the spirit of sexy books, I want to share my Good Reads account. I’m really excited about getting into books again. Making quality time for them. I’d love for you to be my friend on Good Reads, and to recommend books to me, as well as check out my favorites.

I also want to make a point to call out this amazing resource that the Center for Sex & Culture has done with their own profile on Good Reads. What a wealth of resources! I’m going to delve into their lists as I work on “How to Come Out Like a Porn Star“. If you haven’t had a chance to scope out their physical library here in San Francisco, this goldmine on the web is your next best bet.

Bookworms in solidarity, Jiz.

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