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Ladies and Gentlemen of Castle Drachenfels,

it is an honour to introduce a very talented photographer, who has been a member of the Deviantart Community for about 4 years.

He is very well known for his creative and exciting ideas in BDSM photography.

Please welcome: BenBec79

Pearl 'necklace'? by BenBec79

Tosh81: Hello to you, Colin! Thanks for joining the Show today. Please introduce yourself to the members of Castle Drachenfels.

BenBec79: Hi, Firstly I would like to say how honoured I am that you would like to hear about my photography when I consider the exulted company I am with. I am retired now and came to photography quite late in life, about 2005 I went digital in a small way and then caught the bug, so to speak. Although I have had film cameras for a most of my life but used for family work only. As I developed as a photographer then so did my aspirations to work in different genres.

Tosh81: You're obviously a great photographer with a lot of exciting ideas, whose artworks are highly appreciated by our members. But I guess you have come a long way to reach your current level. How and when did your journey as a photographer begin? Do you still remember your very first camera? Please tell us more about your first steps.

BenBec79: Well, thank you very much for the compliment, its always nice to have your work appreciated by your peers. Going way back I think my earliest camera was a Prakitica and I progressed to a Canon 35mm camera, which allowed me to change the lens. My early photography was very much the family and our holidays and recording the development of our children. But I suppose I started to get really interested in photography in around 2008 when we were settled, and I joined a local camera club and started to push myself to improve.
I entered the monthly competitions and subjected myself to the Judges comments. I am still not sure that they are looking at the same photos that I am with some of the weird and wonderful comments that judges come out with! About the same time I moved to Nikon and went through the D90 to a D300 to a D800, which I still have along with a D5 and a wide range of lens.

hand and ankle cuffed by BenBec79

Toshi81: Have you always enjoyed taking photos of beautiful women? Has this always been your main goal from the very beginning or is erotic art just one of your various activities in photography?

BenBec79: I have always enjoyed female company and the female form but have only been able to take images of the genre since 2011. I did not set out to make this a key area of my photography, but it is the one that probably brings me the greatest pleasure. Part of it is that I am working with someone to create an image that we both like, whereas some other styles such as sitting in a hide waiting for a bird to appear or being out taking landscapes can actually be very lonely pursuits and in the main you take the photograph that you can see whereas working with a model is fun and you both have an input in to the final outcome and you can develop the image as you progress through the session. However, the more I do of it the more I enjoy it and the more I want to do more of it. Having retired last year I was presented with the dilemma that I would have more time to pursue my hobbies, including model photography 😊 but conversely less money to spend on it ☹. Life is always a compromise though and I will do it as often as I can.

Toshi81: To most people there is still a huge difference between "normal" erotic art and Bondage photography. Can you please describe your journey into this thrilling world? How and when did you even find out about your preferences? Have you always loved "Damsels in Distress" or how did you get to the idea?

Schoolgirl in trouble by BenBec79

BenBec79: As I developed my skill set and confidence I wanted to try out different styles within the model photography genre. I did, very briefly, try out some adult style photography and decided there and then that it was not for me, I feel there is a distinct difference between pornography and the bondage style of photos that I try to create. Then one day I booked a model and, in my research about her, found that she had done quite a bit of bondage photography so asked if I could include some during our session, which she agreed, of course, for a fee! I found that I really enjoyed this style of photography, but I am sure that with many other people it is not a style that you can share with family and friends as they do not see it in the same light.
I as I said earlier I really enjoy the female form, I find the nude female to be fascinating and love to be able to create images that they like as well and therefore I did not want to show them being hurt, that is not part of my style. I really like the damsel in distress who does not know what is going to happen to her but also, I like the thought of my images showing a woman who is about to enjoy great deal of pleasure whilst be unable to stop that pleasure. So, there is the domination aspect but also fragility of someone who is helpless. Also, everything that I do is with the total agreement of the model, that should go without needing to be said but unfortunately you do hear sad stories of photographers putting pressure on models to do something they are not happy with. I always say that the session with a model should be a fun time, relaxed and enjoyable to both and think that I have been able to achieve that with all the models I have worked with since 2011.

Toshi81: Where do you take your inspiration for art from? Are there certain movies, books, games, photos which have played a role in your life as an artist so far?

BenBec79: I am not sure that I have been heavily influenced over the years but I am starting to take more of an interest in other Photographer’s work, such as SilvanusArt and James Bertoni and like many people of my age I suppose the Bettie Page style of images had a great impression on me and I was lucky enough to recreate some images along that style with one of the models that I have worked with. Having joined DA it is certainly having a great inspiration for future work. My next shoot is at a studio that has a dungeon and the model is happy to work in that genre so I am looking forward to that and hopefully so will my watchers.

I hope the Postman does not come in! by BenBec79

Toshi81: Now you have got me very interested in your upcoming shooting! Please tell us some more about the dungeon. Where did you find it and what's inside? Apart from that, I would love to learn more about your relationship to the models, without going too much into personal details, of course. How do you find willing "prisoners" for your shootings?

BenBec79: I am on a Model/Photographer website and on one of my searches a model appeared who looked good in the bondage styles that she had previously done, hopefully you will see soon 😊, and some of these images had been created at the studio that we are going to work in. The studio advertises that it has a St Andrews cross, kneeling bench, spanking bench, dog cage, stand up cage, lots of chains and restraints to use and it also has other rooms including a derelict room, barn set, grungy stair case. So, I am hoping to get some derelict beauty style images, some of which will include bondage.
All of the models I work with are ones that I have contacted through this particular website and who advertise that they will do fetish and bondage image genres. I look to see the styles that demonstrate on the website to see what levels they are happy with but also do a web search on them as many appear of other websites showing more in-depth styles of these genres. I then ask what they are happy doing and we come to an arrangement of what we hope to achieve in the session, which are generally 4 hours. I like 4 hours as it is not rushed and you can build a rapport and trust with the model to get the style of images that I want to do. In all times though it is only to the level they are happy with and I would never push them to do anything they were not happy with. Trust and fun are a key part of every shoot I work on.

Toshi81: Your BDSM photography represents a whole lot of creativity and exciting ideas. For example, we have seen a girl at the Gym, having her wrists bound to the lifting bar, as well as colourful outdoor shootings.

Swinging in the Breeze by BenBec79

Toshi81: Being an attentive observer of your amazing art, I have noticed that there are a few elements that keep repeating from time to time, though.
The most striking one is the spread eagle pose, in which most of your models seem to find themselves earlier or later.

Let's have a closer look together.

Jassy on the Cross by BenBec79

Toshi81: No mercy! Not even for a tiny Asian girl, who has to stretch out her arms widely to even reach up to the cuffs and chains, which are holding her tightly. Being chained up like this, she has to show us every detail of her beautiful body, while being stuck, imprisoned and completely helpless. Of course I love this pose very much, but still I would like to find out, what it means to you. What causes this pose / situation to be the most depicted in your gallery?

BenBec79: You have certainly picked up on an area that I do enjoy working with models on. I like it because there is the sense of helplessness whilst they are stretched out so that all of their beauty is on show for all to see and they are unable to do anything about it. There is an element of control being shown whilst the viewer can make up their mind as to what direction the action will go from there. For some viewers this would be to inflict punishment or others may wish to go for the extreme tickling but I like to think that they are about to be pleasured to wonderful heights in this position without being able to stop or control what is happening to them.

Toshi81: Let's get back to a more general topic again. What are your future goals as an artist? Are you going to stay with us, in the Deviantart community?

BenBec79:  I certainly hope to stay with this community as it is nice to have your images appreciated by like-minded people. As I have recently retired I have come to that crazy dilemma that I now have more time to pursue my hobbies, such as photography, but less money to do so. So, we have the classic Catch 22 situation where the good models that I would like to work with, who are experienced in this genre, cost a lot of money to work with so some compromises will have to be made, such as not shooting so often. However, I intend to continue to shoot in this style for as long as I am able. I have a shoot in the dungeon in 2 weeks and then in July I have another shoot booked, which will also include some bondage but more in a home-based situation.
I would like to be able to create more fine art images in these styles, such as the images created by Rod Meier on DA under the Fine Art of Bondage. I would also like to look at the art of Shibari at some stage but that would require someone who knows how to do that correctly as it could easily hurt a model.

Hanging around in the Dungeon by BenBec79

Toshi81: How do you like the feedback you are receiving online? Do you often communicate with friends and followers? Would you like to give us some shout-outs to some friends or other artists, who you like?

BenBec79: I think the feedback is great, especially when someone is able to look at an image and create a story from what they see in just one image. Most artists, including photographers, like to create something that is appreciated by the people that see it and it is flattering when someone then takes the time to make a comment as well, you may not always agree with a comment, but the world would be a much duller place if everyone thought the same. As yet I have not really communicated a great deal with other artists, and as far as I am aware none of my close friends are on DA. But I feel that I am making new friends here and hope to be able to work with them in the future with the development of ideas or exchanging points of view.
Some of the artists that I do admire on DA include SilvanusArt, Model-Space and AndrewMannPhoto. Also people like picofthenight create wonderful mini stories that give me ideas to match photos to their mini stories.

Toshi81: Of course I have to ask you the following, too.

Please imagine the fictional world of Castle Drachenfels, which is a medieval place, full of mystical characters, evil creatures and brave warriors. Drachenfels represents an independent territory, surrounded by different kingdoms, with the Castle itself being the central point of this anarchic area. The Castle is the one and only prison for women throughout all Kingdoms. Captured Princesses are being sent there, as well Criminals or enslaved Dancers.

What would you be, if you were a character in this world for just one day?

Tied to the Throne by BenBec79

BenBec79: After what I have said I think that I would be one of kindly warriors whose main aim to give so much pleasure to the captive princesses whilst they are tied to the cross or spread-eagled on the bed and I leave it to you to work out how that would be achieved as I know there are some very fertile minds in DA!

Toshi81: Thank you so much for the interview! Any last words to your new fans right here at Drachenfels?

BenBec79:  Thanks for this opportunity to expose myself so to speak to a wider audience. I have enjoyed the process and it has made me think about future shoots and how I can incorporate ideas from my fans. I hope that they all continue to enjoy my work and I will do my best to bring them more images, I still have quite a back library to work on plus new shoots planned so I am here for a while to come.

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Credits: All photos belong to BenBec79
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Declined Art - Why does it happen

Greetings everyone!

Thanks for sharing your art with us. This group can only exist because of lovely artists, who come here to share their amazing art with the group.

We appreciate that!

But still, a part of the artworks sent to us, get declined.
Why does this happen?


First of all:

This group is mainly about high quality BDSM photography.
That's why we have got six folders about photography and only one folder about 3D art, drawings and paintings.

This means 3D art, drawings and paintings will much more likely get declined than photos.


Secondly:

This group has got very special standards for artworks. And that's exactly the reason why people come here.
Maybe that's even the reason why you have come here to watch or contribute art.

Being on this group does NOT make your art any worse or better, though. There are many different groups on Deviantart and I am sure that everyone can find a suitable group for any kind of art or special interest.

Please respect our policy and our work just the way we respect yours.

Please do not abuse the commentary section to post your art anyway, if it gets declined for any reason.

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RiverAngel16 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Student General Artist
Does anyone here roleplay?
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tieman6 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018
thanks for the request, i am proud for this
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AurielPhoenix Featured By Owner Edited Jun 24, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for your adding my works to your gallery! :)

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ChrisM-Erotic Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the request, much appreciated :)
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Does this group accept hand drawn artworks?
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emarukk Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you and salute. This is very high quality group and if my test render is accepted I havd to be humble.
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Anybody here? No, I disagree! 
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Request accepted. Have fun!
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