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Kumi, San Francisco 1996

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Location  San Francisco CA
I'm pretty darn sure this is the photograph that I'm most proud of. My favorite images change quite frequently but this is the one that, once I saw it on the proofsheet for the first time, I knew would be an aesthetic cornerstone for my style for decades to come. Kumi's expression, the styling, the hair, the depth of field, and even the random figure walking in the background all come together like a perfect recipe for a most delicious dish. BACKSTORY: I've written about this many times but the date was 9/11/1996. I was in San Francisco shooting for my friend Molly's latex label So Hip It Hurts, and the two models that she recruited for this Chinese-themed shoot were Kumi and Midori. After getting prepped in Molly's workshop in Lower Haight, we headed to Chinatown where we created some of my most iconic images, one of which made the cover of my first book "The Beauty of Fetish" (Edition Stemmle) just a few years later. As always, I like to thank Kumi, Midori, and Molly for the visual contributions to my early work and for the continued friendship to this day. Much love! 

BTW, new t-shirt of this image available at…

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By the way, Did you know that "Kumi" is a Finnish language and means rubber. She a beauty! 
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Your notes are exactly like a creator-guided backstage pass, and very greatly appreciated.
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Legendary. Kumi and that dress are made for each other....
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Absolutely Gorgeous !
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Kumi is a beautiful model (Love her in her shaved look as well).

Midori is a great model, but also a wonderful bondage artist and lecturer.

Do you have any of the Midori shots?

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There should be some classic Midori photos earlier in my gallery. If not, I'll be posting more here soon. Thanks for asking.

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I'll have a look for the older posts of Midori pictures, and look forward to new ones - both of her and Kumi.

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