Photo Series Compares Contrast Between Everyday Clothes and BDSM Outfits

Photo Series Compares Contrast Between Everyday Clothes and BDSM Outfits

They say you never really know what goes on behind closed doors. This photography series, though, is shedding light on one of the most taboo sexual trends there is: BDSM. Here, one photographer shoots his subjects in both their everyday clothes, and their BDSM style.

The series was shot by photographer Michael Topolovac, in conjunction with Crave, who sells a line of "elegant, sophisticated and thoughtfully designed" sex toys. The partnership saw a make-do studio set up at their office during the Folsom Street Fair, an annual celebration of BDSM. Punters were invited to have their portraits taken, sporting the fetish outfits they arrived at the fair in. They were then invited back at a later date to have their portrait taken wearing their day-to-day clothing.

Crave co-founders Michael Topolovac and Ti Chang said:

The idea is simple: Two black and white photographs, side by side. One of a person or couple as they presented themselves at the Folsom Street Fair, San Francisco’s legendary celebration of sexual pleasure, and one as they present themselves in their daily lives. Our factory sits on Folsom Street, so we are perfectly situated to document our neighbours in both moments.

The series is credited with helping to provide people with a platform for self-expression, while bringing a sub-culture that is normally avoided in conversation, to the masses. Popular culture – most notably, the Fifty Shades franchise – has been helping to bring bondage fetishes to the forefront of the public eye in recent years.

One participant, named as Kamila, said she hoped that by taking part, she could help “destigmatizing things.”

View more on the project at Crave’s official website for the project.

All photos copyright Michael Topolovac/Crave, and used with permission.

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17 Comments

William Howell's picture

I don’t think the photos do the trendy and sexy BDSM industry much justice, as the photographs are not that dynamic.

But there are two sets of nice racks! The first set is at the beginning of the article, the other set...well i’ll let you guess where those reside within the article! I just know that mom is super proud and stoked.

Michael Holst's picture

I'm going to to out on a limb here and say that I didn't get the vibe that the point was to make the subjects look sexy. It appears as this is a series on culture and how everyday people can have a kinky side. Photography like this is supposed to be thought provoking more than traditionally beautiful.

William Howell's picture

That’s what I said!
Congratulations, seriously.

Timothy Turner's picture

This would be a good theme for prom night

Brett Turnage's picture

I shouldn't have clicked on this. I won't be able to get that guy's areoles out of my head for a few hours.

Michael Holst's picture

What a wonderful concept that makes you wonder if even your seemingly "normal" neighbors are into some crazy shit in the bedroom.

Michael Holst's picture

Hey, as long as it’s consensual and they like it.

Until someone comes with the idea that consent is just a taboo...

Michael Holst's picture

Are you referring to a rapist?

Are you a bigoted rape-o-phobe? A horrible person who doesn't want to let rapists to express themselves and be happy?

Chris Rogers's picture

Yeah I don't get it either. But hey, what ever tickles their pickles i guess.

I like the British writers because I usually have to look up a UK slang term they use, and that makes me smarter. - I.E. Punters

Vomit inducing culture

"..to shed light on one or the most taboo sexual trend"
"to bring bondage fetishes to the forefront of the public eye in recent years."
"help “destigmatizing things.”

Why should such things be brought to the public??