Fetish

 

SEXUAL FETISHISM

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I made my first trip to Amsterdam in the Spring of 1999.  Many visits followed. I would often check into the Winston Hotel, renowned in Europe as an “Art” hotel. It welcomed and catered to artists from around the world. The Winston was the brainchild of my dear friend Frans Verlinden, Jr., a handsome innovative hotel entrepreneur who became friends with me after I booked a room at his hotel. The Winston is located on the Warmoestratt, one of the oldest streets in Amsterdam, central within the heart of the red light district.  Frans Verlinden, was a passionate supporter of the Arts, and he enjoyed assisting me on many of my shoots. He introduced me to renowned Dutch artists including; Aldert Mantje, Paul Blanca, Micha Klein and Erwin Olaf. These and other artists frequented the Winston and helped to preserve its reputation. 

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Frans Verlinden

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Frans also introduced me to entertainment businessmen Rene Meeuwessen and Jeroen Oosterhout. The producers of a spectacular event known as Wasteland, the largest fetish party in all of Europe. Wasteland parties are held twice a year at various venues in Amsterdam that can accommodate extremely large crowds. The Wasteland party historically attracts approximately 4000 people at both the fall and spring events. Attendees arrive from various European locations including Belgium, Germany, England and France.  On a very special occasion I was invited to MC a Wasteland party on the same night I had a mock studio set up to take portraits of the most outrageously dressed of the attendees. The culmination of this immersion in the fetish world was a picture book entitled, Wasteland a documentation of the Wasteland parties from 1999 to 2005.  The book with introduction by Josselien Meijs was published in 2010 by La Musardine, Paris. It was at these parties that I began to photograph sexual acts that I witnessed at these events.  BDSM, group sex, gay/lesbian sex and Shibaru were  some of the alternative and exotic methods of sexual satisfaction that were documented throughout the night and into the early hours of the morning. I also photographed fetish fashion, enforced by “door bitches” who administered a very strict dress code to enter the party of a life time.

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Wasteland Poster 2005

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