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Charles Gatewood (1942-2016)

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Charles Gatewood was a groundbreaking documentary photographer of American subcultures including body modification, sadomasochism, fetish, hedonism and social deviance.

Gatewood photographed Mardi Gras and Naked City on numerous occasions, the San Fransico gay scene, The Hellfire Club, Miss Bald America and Sex Clubs in New York. Through his work with tattooed people he was led into the subculture of body piercing. As he described it, body piercing was a sub-sub-sub culture he only learned about through the subculture of tattoos. In other words, Gatewood discovered previously unimagined underground scenes through photographic documentary of the various layers of American sub culture.

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The Kitan Club: Strange Stories & Curious Tales

Friday, January 19th, 2018

The most iconic of all S&M magazines would have to be The Kitan Club (1947-1975). It was a dark, powerful and often sinister Japanese fetish magazine that combined multinational photography with highly imaginative graphic illustration and fiction. Strong production values and attention to craft has made it a sought after collectable.

There is a phrase in Japan “beauty in suffering”; it’s this phrase that separates the Eastern and Western ideas of BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism). If The Kitan Club appears to be a study of torture, it’s because the terms sadism and masochism weren’t around in Japan until the Western influence of the 1950s. Japanese culture has a strong tradition in this study of torture. And it’s worth keeping in mind that Japanese practices and this magazine were about the release of emotion in this context of pain.

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Build a Portable Film Drying Cabinet

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Commercial film drying cabinets can be expensive and not entirely fit for my purpose. Therefore, my previous portable film drying cabinet was a basic fence wire frame covered by a PVC garment bag. While the cabinet cost less than $10 to construct it was a crude solution, unstable at rest and difficult to transit through this house without piercing the cover.

The New Cabinet is a Frankenstein

The time finally came when I needed to build something just as portable but a lot more robust and serviceable than the first one. It’s a Frankenstein, but it’s effective. It’s ugly, but it works.

To understand the constraints I have in this large old house you need to understand that I process film in a bathroom on the below ground floor. The cabinet can’t be left down there and we have cats. So I have to carry the film drying cabinet up a tight set of stairs, through a bedroom, along a hallway, through a split level kitchen, past another toilet bathroom area, into the back of a laundry and up another even tighter and steeper set of stairs that turn a 90 degree corner up into my work space in the roof. A height constraint means 1600 millimetres is my approximate limit.

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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