Latex: Maebelle Latex
Corset: Viola Lahger
Photo and retouch: Josefine Jönsson
About photographing latex. I know this is a big turn for people who has been following my work for some time.
I started off with a lot of self-portraiture and later on I began to be interested in more alternative fashion photography, hand in hand with a more dreamy style of my images. Along with my education I wanted to explore fashion photography more. I sure enjoyed fashion before that, but it wasn’t until then I really wanted to work with it, especially being intern amongst two inspiring fashion photographers. And fashion is so much more than just fashion as a word. It could almost be anything. Either way, when I graduated from school I wanted to keep working and develop within my older style, yet keep working with the new style I’ve worked with between 2010 and 2011.
I moved to Stockholm and since I have been following some fetish/alternative models’ blogs long before school I now had the opportunity to finally work with them as I was living in the same city as them. My first shoot was with lovely Tea Time. I had been admiring her for quite some time. I wasn’t sure she would want to shoot with me and was so nervous that I would be such a mess on the shoot. But everything went fine and I still love those images.
No latex there, yet. But this is when I would become interested in shooting latex myself. I’ve seen Tea modelling in latex for some time now and I thought it looked sexy yes, but not too sexy, not too much of what some would say, porn. It’s really the way YOU are portraying it, as a model and photographer and of course designer. I know a lot of you, and I did before, think latex is too sexy, that it was more of a fetish/porn clothing than anything else. Yes, it sure is fetish, but it could be done in so many ways when it comes to modelling with it. I like to make it into a more fashionable clothing, it’s quite rare, but yet the industry is growing so fast by now. Keeping the dreaming feeling I want to have on my shoots.
The first shoot with latex was with Tea Time for Westward Bound. It was a cute dress and Tea came up with the theme and it was supposed to be Alice in Wonderland with a twist. The poses aren’t “in your face” and it is not much that reveals that it is latex she actually is wearing. This is how I want to portray my photos with latex, they should be dreamy. However, I will not say that they should not absolute in any way look sexy, because I don’t have anything against it. I think it is perfectly fine, what I don’t like however is when it turns into something close to pornography. That is not how I want people to see my images with latex. No. Even if the model is wearing a small amount of clothes and wearing pasties I don’t want the poses to end up like in a male magazine. Keep in mind, it is how you’re portraying it, just like any other type of clothing.
I did a co-operation with Maebelle Latex and Tea Time during fall. Tea didn’t have so much latex on, but still covering up so you couldn’t see anything that would be considered you shouldn’t. I was very pleased with these images and not a single pose was to be considered to be tasteless posed. Tea posed like if she would wear a corset or a dress, but somehow because it is latex, the line is drawn. This is porn. Great. I would by that time feel very offended when I got these comments. I tried to explain that it wasn’t what I was going for and ask why she would think it was that. You couldn’t even see her breasts, or other “private” parts of her body, but her legs and stomach, yet this was porn. As a member on Deviantart for many years, I know a lot of images there that are posted should be considered to be adult and do not belong there. There were models spreading their legs, pushing up their breasts in front of the camera, posing in a way that isn’t flattering at all, but would amuse the correct audience who’d like to see these images. And I thought to myself and wondered how could she Ever compare my photography with this. Yes, I was quite angry with this. But then again, this is her opinion and I am not the one to say to her what to think. The only way I could do was to explain to her.
And now I am explaining this to anyone who actually read all this.
I love shooting latex, it’s rare and I like the alternative industry. BUT this does not mean I want to portray my models or my photography as some like to when wearing latex. It is all about how you’re portraying it. And I really hope you guys see this in my images!
If you have any questions or thoughts about it don’t be afraid to comment. I’d like to hear what you think!