Shibari, a Japanese word literally meaning "bondage," involves tying a jujun ("one who submits to the rope") in intricate patterns, usually with several pieces of thin rope. Shibari differs from Western bondage in that, instead of just immobilizing or restraining the bottom, the bottom gains pleasure from being under pressure and strain of the ropes.

The aesthetics of the bound person's position are also important: in particular, for its use of asymmetric positions to heighten the psychological impact of bondage.

As both a photographer and student of the form for a number of years, I've begun to amass a collection of images, some to be shared here.

Shibari, both beautiful and functional, is suited to any body type, and while much of photography is about airbrushed models in various positions, my images focus on the interaction between the personality of the rope and that of the jujun.

Gallery re-work in progress please check back later.

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