DoctorZ

Seabrook, Texas, United States
doctorz.zenfolio.com

“When I discovered shibari around 2005, it was natural to combine it with my photography hobby.  Shibari and photography seem to naturally go together.  Photography is new technology following the centuries old tradition of artists painting shibari scenes.

I was very happy to discover that models like to be photographed in shibari positions

I like the beautiful images with rope applied to the graceful lines of a female body.  I like the art that is made with different suspensions, a “Shibari Circus”.

This art requires additional skills beyond photographic skills.  And, it requires the model to place a lot of trust in the rigger.  A very special bond develops between the model and photographer/rigger during and after a photoshoot.  I like that.

I have been blessed to have worked with some beautiful and talented models, some of the nicest people in the world. I like that.”

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Our First
Model: Sabrina Sin

Although Sabrina and I had worked together on some of her projects before, this is the first image from our first photoshoot together.  It’s wonderful to work with a supermodel.

 

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Ghost Shibari
Models: Shannon Purdy and Skye Greene

The rigging for the suspensions in this image was eliminated in post processing, creating a “Ghost Shibari” image. Shannon and Skye were incredible in this very difficult suspension.

 

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Stretched
Model:
Lisa

If the suspension is extreme and unusual, you can count on Lisa to want to do it.  And, she does it very, very well.

Lisa is an experienced shibari model and a beautiful person.  I am privileged to know her.

I was inspired to create this position by one of the images by Lew Rubens, who has inspired much of my work, and from whom I have learned a lot.

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Shibari Ballet
Model: Jamie S

I captured this image at the end of a shibari ballet photoshoot with Jamie.  I like the way the flashes captured the subtle color streaks in Jamie’s hair and outlined her figure like a light sculpture.

 

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Her Eyes
Model: Duffy Vance

I like the lighting and Duffy’s body arrangement in this image.  I particularly like the way her eyes demand your attention.

 

 

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Graceful
Model: Lisa

Here is a difficult suspension Lisa used to create a beautiful and graceful pattern with her body. Lisa makes everything look easy.

 

 

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Next
Model: Sabrina Sin

I like the composition, the colors, and the smoky atmosphere in this image.  The expression on Sabrina’s face seems to suggest she was wondering what would happen “Next”?

 

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How?
Model: Sabrina Sin

The suspension rigging is not obvious in this photograph.  When I first posted this picture on the internet, it generated some discussion about how it was rigged and whether the suspension rigging was safe.

The obvious rigging in this photograph include classic shibari ties, the takate kote and karada.

 

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Peaceful
Model: Nyx Lov

A beautiful girl floating against a black background.  Somehow, this image conveys a feeling of peacefulness for me.

 

 

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Golden Curves
Model: Skye Greene

This is my version of a takate kote chest harness, which is the starting construction for many shibari positions.  I wanted to include a classic rope pattern on the beautiful curves of a female body, all in gold, to look like a statue.

 

 

 

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Shibari Circus
Models: Lisa and Thanomoly

I have been inspired by the work of aerial artists.  This is a classic position, typically performed with a large ring to support the artists.  I had never seen this position created in shibari rigging before.

Lisa and Thanomoly were absolutely awesome during our 2 day photoshoot.  They are experienced shibari models and were interested in doing unusual and difficult positions.  We created several beautiful photographs during a very special weekend. 

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Shiloh’s Introduction
Model: Shiloh

We had a lot of fun with this shoot.  This lovely lady acted in a role where she arrived at a gallery as Shiloh, a very “prim lady”.  During her visit, Shiloh was introduced to the world of shibari.  Shiloh learned that she likes it.

 

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 CharlyB Tribute
Models: Lisa and Jaron

This is a signature position by CharlyB.  I have learned both shibari and photographic techniques from CharlyB.  This is my tribute to hm.

 

 

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Testing the ropes …
Model: Jamie S

This photograph is from our “light sculpture” shoot.  Jamie combined both ballet and shibari poses.  I like the way the light outlined her body and the resulting image as she was moving from one ballet position to another while suspended.

 

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Model: Lisa

Both bodyscape and abstract images are two of my favorite styles in fine art and creative photography.  In this photograph, I’ve included shibari rigging along with a bodyscape, and focused lighting to create an abstract type image.   My very attractive and talented model, Lisa, has helped me push the envelope on contemporary shibari art.

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Model: Thanomoly

This is another combination of shibari and a bodyscape with focused lighting to create an abstract type image.  Thanomoly, was suspended only by her left ankle in this photograph – not an easy suspension.  I like the way the light highlights her smooth curves against a sea of blackness.

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Hikari Kesho Tribute
Model: Keira Grant

This image is from my first shoot with Keira.  We created some beautiful images during this shoot.  I was inspired to create this pose by one of the images created by Hikari Kesho.

 

 

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From above …
Model: Jamie S

Shibari ballet and sculptured lighting were two elements Jamie and I combined to create this image.  It is a non traditional shibari image.

 

 

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 Contrasts
Model: Keira Grant

This image is also from my first shoot with Keira.    And, I was again inspired to create this pose by one of the images created by Hikari Kesho.  There are a lot of interesting straight lines and patterns in this image contrasting with Keira’s smooth curves.