Allomyrina Dichotoma

This series is a visual interpretation of the art of Kinbaku. With origins in Japan this style of bondage has increased its popularity worldwide.

These photographs are long exposure images of a self-suspension performance by Montreal rope artist Enbydea Christensen. With them I explore the human body, movement and project the symbolism and finesse of this art form in a way that conventional documentary photography wouldn’t convey. In particular the photographs create a parallel between the Japanese rhinoceros beetle (Allomyrina Dichotoma), Japanese calligraphy and Kinbaku, recognizing a link between nature, art and human eroticism.