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Charles Gatewood (1942-2016)

Published on 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

Published on 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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The Great White Shark Theory About Murderers

Published on December 21st, 2017

For some reason people think great white sharks plod around the ocean looking for opportunistic people to swallow. That would make them lazy bastards, at best. They’re apex predators, but they do prefer seals. You need a very hungry shark. Or, more likely, a mistaken shark. It prefers real food, not you. The same mistaken paradigm surrounds convicted murderers and the crime of murder.

It appears a lot of people have the idea that people who have murdered and served time for murder are opportunistically cruising the World looking for victims. A vulnerable person here, a homeless person there; something like a kleptomaniac left alone with a friend’s purse. There is an implied compulsion in that stereotype.

I hate to break this to you all, but in the vast majority of cases convicted murderers are less exciting. It just rarely happens that way and when it does the World should be shocked, just not overly shocked. Human beings, on the whole, can be total arseholes to each other and everything around us. Sometimes more than once. But it still doesn’t mean murderers are pathologically driven to take lives with abandon.

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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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