|About the Book|
A collection of photos by Los Angeles fashion photographer Chris Fitzgerald and model Rivi Madison exploring erotica, fetish, rope, latex and water. 32 pages, color and black and white photography. 18+Bondage has always fascinated me artistically andMoreA collection of photos by Los Angeles fashion photographer Chris Fitzgerald and model Rivi Madison exploring erotica, fetish, rope, latex and water. 32 pages, color and black and white photography. 18+Bondage has always fascinated me artistically and psychologically. However, modern portrayals of bondage sometimes come off as one dimensional and cruel. Trust is an ongoing theme in my work, and I found the idea of allowing oneself to be restricted in that way a huge act of confidence on the part of the one being tied. It seemed almost empowering to be willing to be imprisoned in that way, and more so to be photographed in the act. I wanted to make photos that talked about trust, choice, and how the act of bondage could be a road to catharsis.The bondage series led to latex, a world with which I was largely unfamiliar. The constrictive aspect interested me though, and as a person who has literally had to re-teach himself how to breathe, being wrapped and bound in that way evoked a sense of curiosity and panic.Lastly, the water theme combined bondage with baptism, cleansing, and to some extent, learning to breathe in stops and starts. And again, trust as a central theme. In so many ways we are ultimately the key-masters to our own shackles. The shackles that we willingly step into every morning are the most interesting to me, and the means by which we seek our own rebirth.Rivi Madison is an alt model living and working in LA and we met not long after I moved here. We emailed back and forth about the bondage shoot for a few weeks and then shot it in a friend’s studio. Since then, despite the lunacy of my ideas, she’s remained quite unflappable. This series, obviously, would have been impossible without her, as she found a voice in every scenario and brought this series to life.