ABOUT THIS PROJECT
I spent a couple of years photographing inside a NY dungeon, getting a glimpse into the hidden world of sub/dom relationships. I witnessed a complex fantasy scene based on power play and psychological release. Encounters, called sessions, were moderated by continuous negotiation. Key words signaling when to intensify, to slow down, or to stop altogether, created a safe space. What surprised me the most was the emotional tenderness that cushioned the violent abandon of sexual play. Relationships were often of a long-term nature, going beyond casual encounters to create a strong personal bond between the dominatrix and the sub. The visual theatricality of the sessions coincided with an immersive emotional state of both participants, locked together in a mutually satisfying game.