Posted at 18:53 on 10 Jun 2011 by Pandora / Blake
Often it's an image that catches my attention first. Lighting, colour, composition - all these can snag my gaze and draw me in. But I look at bodies, too, hungry in particular for representations of the sorts of bodies you see all the time in real life and rarely in erotic imagery. Curvy bodies, for instance. Brown bodies. Male bodies.
I hope Clover won't mind my saying this, but it was definitely her figure that caught my eye in these pictures of her recent birching scene with English Spankers. She has a beautifully narrow waist, muscular midriff and shapely legs, and her skintone is complemented perfectly by the rich wood tones of the room she's photographed in. Once looking, however, it's the content that keeps my attention, particularly the text telling me that these are pictures of her first ever birching.
It's a claim that's often made in porn. There are entire sites devoted to the concept of a performer experiencing their 'first' this or that, often completely fabricated. I've worked with English Spankers, though, and I know that they're honest enough not to bother with that sort of petty deception. The photos were pretty enough to merit a blog post and I wanted to get my facts straight, so I got in touch with Clover and asked her about the shoot. Was it really her first birching?
Yes, she said; and she'd been very nervous beforehand. "I tried to find people who had experienced it but didn't have much luck, only a couple of people. So I went not knowing what to expect." Brave, to try something new and scary for the first time on a film shoot, with a professional top rather than a romantic partner. But I know from my own experiences that the camera can lend you courage and a sense of adventure.
Most importantly, I wanted to know, did she have fun? "It was a really good experience actually. I was so nervous right up to when we were shooting and then I actually enjoyed it. Although I think they went very easy on me!"
I know how that goes. Scary implements are built up and up in your head into this awful horror - and then of course if you try them with a top who respects your boundaries and introduces you, the reality can sometimes seem almost anticlimactic. But the sort of spray birch used in this scene isn't about dreadfully hard strokes, but about a cumulative sting which builds to an unbearably intensity if applied rapidly without a break. "They were light kind of whippy rods, applied fast," Clover explains. "I did it in a standing position upright, so I was nervous as I had never received any CP in this position, but it felt nice for the birching." So, all in all, a successful first experience? Yes, she says: "I would definitely do it again!"
As well as showing off her lovely bottom on a number of spanking sites, Clover's real passion is shibari, Japanese rope bondage. She's an accomplished bondage photographer and rigger as well as a self-proclaimed rope slut. Check out her blog and tumblr for updates on her adventures on both sides of the lens.