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'Handcuffs' by Erika Lust

Posted at 18:32 on 21 Apr 2010 by Pandora / Blake

A short while ago my friend J mentioned to me that he and his partner had watched Erika Lust's short film Handcuffs, and been completely blown away by it. I saw it for the first time yesterday, and I have to say I agree. This is one of the most stylish, sensual, tense, beautifully filmed porn films I've ever seen - the only other producer I'm familiar with who comes close in terms of style is Restrained Elegance.



Handcuffs doesn't have any spanking in it, but if you enjoy restraint, voyeurism, D/s and blowjobs in bondage, you will almost certainly find it hot. And even if not, it's a shining example of the aesthetic standards it's possible for porn studios to aspire to.

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Tags: bondage, Fairtrade porn, Female gaze, Lust Films, other pictures

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Ariel Anderssen's Slave Dance

Posted at 19:22 on 14 Feb 2010 by Pandora / Blake

For Valentine's Day I gave Tom a subscription to Restrained Elegance. I gave it to him early the last time he was at mine, so we could look at bondage porn in privacy. I can highly recommend this site. It's not entirely our cup of tea as porn - the bondage and restraint are aesthetically beautiful, but from our point of view they're more "set dressing" for an imagined CP scene than porn in their own right. But the photography is some of the highest calibre I've ever seen, the models are enviably flexible (if all something on the skinny side) and the technical quality of the films is pretty much unrivalled in the spanking scene. In terms of photography, editing, lighting, use of music, these films look more like music videos than what we tend to expect of porn.

My favourite out of all the contents I've seen so far is a short film from 2007 called "Slave Dance", starring Ariel Anderssen (better known to us as Amelia Jane Rutherford). In order to fully explain why I like it so much I have to spoil the "twist", but it's quite an old film, so I hope Ariel and Hywel won't mind.

In May 2007, Ariel entered her probationary period as the Restrained Elegance resident slavegirl. One of her assignments was to create a slave dance incorporating the slavegirl positions she was learning, and displaying her body in as refined and submissive a way as possible. (As Hwyel says ominously at the start of the video, because this is her first assignment it is an "unbound" dance. If she's done a "bound" dance since, it hasn't been released.) Ariel writes,

I loved choreography when I was a dancer, but that was a while ago, and making up a dance from scratch challenged me in a way I wasn't used to. I liked the idea of the dance being slow and ritualistic, the way I could imagine a geisha or a harem-slave performing for an invited audience.

As well as being ballet-trained, she has worked as a professional choreographer in the past - and it shows. Combined with her impressive slave training and Hwyel's production talents, this is one of the most extraordinary pieces of film I have ever seen.

It's short - only 8 minutes 40 seconds. The dance (and the track it's set to) takes less than half that long, but is performed twice. The music is haunting, primal, mystic vocals over industrial bass. Perfect for the context (and reminiscent of the bellydancing music I once saw Niki Flynn dancing to. Is it a standard genre?)



The dance begins in the studio, with a very young looking Ariel wearing her high posture collar and a silk kimono. As she dances, the film cuts between shots of her performing the same dance in four other locations and outfits. Inevitably, knowing Hwyel, she's barefoot in all of them, and may be wearing the collar in all of them, although it's not easy to tell. They were probably all (apart from the studio) filmed at the same location, but the effect enriches the dance enormously. The cuts between shots, in time with the slow, evocative music, add impact to Ariel's movements and display her in a variety of beautiful settings.



After the dance is finished, Hwyel ramps up the tension by putting nipple clamps on Ariel and instructing her to perform the dance again. Ariel is aghast. "I can't dance in these!" she cries desperately, eyes wide with pain. "I can't!" Who cares if she's acting? The effect is primeval. I found myself shuddering with empathy, and my body answered with a tremor of excitement.

The second dance is filmed entirely in the studio. Ariel's face, voice and body are, as ever, amazingly expressive - you can see every wince, hear every caught breath. Her dancing is notably less steady the second time. You can hear her gasp in pain as she stretches. By the time she's halfway through, there's a sheen of sweat on her pretty face, and you can see the pain in her eyes. The most dramatic - and physically taxing - moves come at the most dramatic points in the music, and as she cries out in the new agony inflicted by the new positions, the music swells and surges in perfect counterpoint. The synchrony between dance, sensation and soundtrack means that the music naturally complements the emotional curve of the scene. The last section of the dance is the most physically demanding (and sexually explicit) of all. By the end she is crying and whimpering in pain and effort. The combination of her vulnerability and submissive obedience with her poise, grace and astounding talent as a dancer is incredibly hot. As a dance and a film, this is beautiful and unusual - and, through one simple twist, it becomes one of the most intense D/s scenes I've ever seen on film.

Watching it for the first time, I was breathless, heart pounding, sympathetic tears pricking my eyes. I don't think a porn film has ever made me cry before. But it was also seriously hot.



The dance is just astonishing, showing off her flexibility (and terrifyingly bendy shoulders - I will never be able to manage half of these postures) to extraordinary effect. As dance, as choreography, as cinematography, as an incredibly intense D/s scene - this little film deserves to be famous among kinksters everywhere.

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Tags: Amelia Jane Rutherford, bondage, other pictures, Restrained Elegance, reviews

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BoundCon VI: teaser

Posted at 20:04 on 26 May 2009 by Pandora / Blake

I have a three or four-part series of posts on BoundCon VI planned, but I don't want to overwhelm you all with too many good things at once, so I'm taking a little break today. I'll start filling you in on all the juicy details from the con tomorrow, but in the meantime, here are some tasters from a friend I made while I was there:





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Self-bondage vs. submission?

Posted at 23:43 on 28 Feb 2008 by Pandora / Blake

I've just been looking through the preview pages for Chimera Bondage, the site I did the self-bondage shoot with last year which I found so challenging.

The webmaster recently emailled me asking if I'd be interested in another shoot with them, and honestly? Lovely as they were to work with, I decided to say no. It was a very interesting experiment, but it wasn't for me. I may have masochistic tendencies - I may be able to fly, enter a trance state if you put me in the right headspace and cause me the right kind of pain - but at heart, I'm not a painslut out for kicks. I'm submissive. In order to enjoy suffering I have to be suffering for someone. For me to get a thrill out of pain, someone has to be giving it to me, someone I want to make proud. Causing pain to myself is an interesting psychological experiment, but there's no depth to it. It doesn't really connect with my kink.

Of course, I'm not "properly" subbing to the top or dom every time I take a spanking on camera. It's not a deep emotional connection. But subbing on camera appeals to my professional pride. I want the studio/photographer/top to think well of me; I want the viewers to think well of me. Part of it's an exhibitionist thing - I want to look good and I like showing off, being objectified by the gaze of all the viewers who want to do all sorts of wicked things to me. I'm pretty sure I'm good at acting in spanking films and I get a performance-related thrill out of that. But most of it is roleplay. I put myself into the head of the character I'm playing and I enjoy their helplessness, their suffering.

Logically, I guess all of this could apply to self-bondage. The photographer, the studio and the viewers are all still "there" - I still want them to be proud of me. I'm playing a character who is compelled to do these things to herself, who isn't consenting to it. But somehow, it didn't click for me. Tying myself up, putting clamps on myself - I could do it, and it was absolutely fascinating finding out what it was like, but I couldn't connect to it from within my own kink. It was too self-contained. There wasn't anyone else there for me to bounce off - only the photographer, who stayed as distanced as he could so I didn't feel self-conscious or crowded. I guess I'm just not a solo performer.

That said, the spanking machine was, while slightly anti-climactic, nonetheless one of the most erotic things ever to happen to me on camera. The sensations were almost irrelevant - I was melting from the sheer idea of it! If I could do a shoot consisting solely of spanking machines without any of the self-flagellation and self-bondage, that would do me fine :) But self-bondage is such an integral part of Chimera Bondage I don't think I could get away with omitting it entirely. I could probably do it again, sure, but I wouldn't really get anything out of it, and one of the things I've promised myself since returning to modelling is to stick to shoots that really appeal to my personal tastes.

So there'll probably only be the one shoot with me at Chimera Bondage. I found it a challenge, and I'm proud of it. It didn't come easy. The photos and film of me is nowhere near the most hardcore or extreme on the site, but I don't mind that - I pushed my own limits, and that's worth something.




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Tags: bondage, Chimera Bondage, dominance and submission, learning curves, Photos

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Spanked by the machine

Posted at 12:59 on 25 Jul 2007 by Pandora / Blake

The webmaster of ChimeraBondage, knowing how intense I found my shoot with them, has sent me a couple of preview images of me being paddled by the spanking machine:



You can see more of me (and the machine) in this promo video:

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Tags: bondage, Chimera Bondage, Photos, Videos

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Lessons in bondage

Posted at 15:47 on 6 Jul 2007 by Pandora / Blake

Things I learned during my shoot yesterday with ChimeraBondage.com:

1. Bondage modelling hurts much more than spanking modelling. Never mind needing a cushion to sit down: my muscles are aching so much that I can barely walk today.

2. It apparently doesn't matter how much experience you may have had being tied up by various lovers, rope artists and riggers over the last eight years: none of it actually helps when you're doing a self-bondage shoot. I considered myself a reasonably experienced bondage model, but I spent most of yesterday feeling like a complete novice. Could I tie a slipknot? Could I put myself into handcuffs behind my own back (after tying myself up or down in every other conceivable way, of course)? Could I reach the rope to operate the winch attached to the back of the gag I was wearing, so that my head was pulled up and back? Could I hang weights from the magnets attached to my nipple clamps? Could I attach ropes to my ankle cuffs and winch them to the ceiling? Could I release the weights attached to the ends of the ropes tied to my ankles so that the pulleys dragged my legs apart as far as I could stand it? Could I put my own breasts in a rope harness suspended from hooks in the ceiling? Could I reach underneath the workbench I was lying on, to padlock together the chains holding me down?

The answer: not easily. It was a very steep learning curve.

3. It's remarkably difficult to spank your own bottom using the flat of your hand. Would you believe, until yesterday's shoot, I'd never tried the self-spanking thing before? The script called for me to spank my bum until red, and try as I might, I couldn't even manage baby-pink. (Smacking my own thighs and breasts with a tawse and a wooden ruler, on the other hand, was a very different matter. I felt a bit daft, but acheived some satisfyingly angry-looking weals.)

4. I think I'll never be as turned on by bondage as by spanking: it falls within the spectrum of my kink, but as an interesting bonus rather than an end in itself. Still, I think it might be interesting to play with all those clam cleats and winches and pulleys and clamps in a more D/s context. Self-bondage is fascinating as a practical challenge, but (to me at least) doesn't have much kinky appeal. But put me in a studio like that with my Lords, and the story would be very different indeed ... and I don't think I'm quite ready to give up on my long-held fantasy to model for Hogtied.com ;)

5. Spanking machines are every bit as hot in reality as I've always thought they were in fantasy. Hotter. Embarrassingly, shamefully hot. I don't think I've ever been that visibly turned on in front of a stranger before (and as soon as the movies go online, I'll be that turned on in front of the entire internet: but such are the perils of this line of work). Oh boy. Ahem. Yes.

6. Despite their inherent, overwhelming, squirmworthy hotness, this particular spanking machine was, to my secret disappointment, not hard enough for me. I mean, I didn't complain: it was only Mark I of the device, and Mark II will hopefully be adjustable. And I'm very glad to have been the first girl it was tested on. And better not hard enough than too hard, right? I mean if it had been too hard we wouldn't have been able to finish the movies, and this way, I was just left wanting more (never a bad thing).

Nonetheless, there's no point denying it. I may be a wimp when it comes to bondage, but with spanking? I'm a pain slut, and I may as well get used to it.

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Tags: bondage, Chimera Bondage, learning curves, shoot writeups

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Just Rope

Posted at 13:19 on 20 Mar 2007 by Pandora / Blake

I had a fantastic time at the rope party on Sunday. For those of you interested in bondage I can highly recommend the event - it was a really comfortable play atmosphere, relaxed and friendly.

My friend and I enjoyed a gorgeous first scene, floaty and intense, with Mr C watching appreciatively from a polite distance (and occasionally coming over to join in). It wasn't the first time I'd been put in a harness, but for the first time I was being tied up by a dominant I had a real connection with, and unsurprisingly, it made a world of difference. Every moment of eye contact made me shiver, and every teasing stroke of the hemp ropes over my skin - every little jerk as he pulled the end of the rope out through a knot - was breathtakingly erotic. After he'd finished tying my hands he held my gaze with his, stroking his fingertips feather-light up over my arms and shoulders and breasts, and whispered "Welcome to rope."

This is definitely part of my kink. I love the helplessness, the lightheadedness, the submission of being teased. I loved how the restraints felt, pulling my arms behind my back, enclosing my breasts and the lips of my sex. I loved how every time I breathed (and my breath was coming rather fast at this point) the soft, prickly twists of hemp tightened around my nipples. I loved how weightless I felt, poised between my high heels and the tension of the harness holding me upright. (And several times, while he was tying me, I found myself thinking with longing of my pony play kink, and wishing I had the funds to indulge it.) I loved being kissed and teased and played with, once I was tied.

And wow, did I enjoy watching the pretty girls around me be tied up as well :)

I don't think this sort of bondage is as much my kink as spanking per se, simply because I'm a thrillseeker with a short attention span, and ropework is a very slow, very dreamy high. But as a submissive, I loved being put on hold like that, being made to wait. When playing with someone with whom I share a D/s connection, this sort of ropework can be very powerful indeed.

And I'm still getting turned on thinking about how the tight hemp rope felt enclosing my breasts. Nipple clamps which are attached to your breathing: my new favourite toy :)

I know my expression looks strange in the second photo, but trust me: this is what I look like when I'm very very happy.

Pretty marks :)

There wasn't time for me to be suspended, to my regret. But watching my friends play in the suspension frames increased my desire for it even more. And it was amazing to watch. One well-known female rope artist did a self-suspension and wax-play show which was absolutely stunning. The way she poised herself in mid-air, spinning slowly, leg extended for balance like a ballerina ... it was like reverse escape-artistry; air dancing. A drum-track played in time to her movements as she gracefully strung herself upside down, balanced a candle in the rope above her and arched backwards, arms outstretched, to let the hot red wax splash onto her exposed breasts and throat. So intense, so beautiful.

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Tags: bondage, dominance and submission, kink, learning curves, Photos

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I'm a bit tied up just now...

Posted at 12:29 on 15 Mar 2007 by Pandora / Blake

Apologies for the erratic updates this week - I'm more than usually busy at the moment. If I haven't answered your email, it's not because you've annoyed me, I just haven't had time to sit down and work through my inbox yet :) Hopefully I'll get a chance over the weekend.

I feel like I should be particularly attentive to updating at the moment, as the daily hits on my blog recently went over 1000/day! This is a first for me, and it took a couple of weeks of consistent numbers for me to believe it wasn't a random blip. I'd just like to welcome all my new readers, and thank every one of you who takes the time to read, visit and comment on this blog - you are the ones I write for, and if none of you had bothered then I wouldn't still be here. I really do appreciate it, and will endeavour to update more regularly to make sure you have something new to entertain you each time you visit :)

This weekend is looking to be a good one - myself and Mr C will be attending the Just Rope party with some friends. My bondage experience is limited, but I'm enthusiastic, and hopefully we'll come away with some pretty photos to show you all. I'm also hoping to experience my first suspension, which I'm very much looking forward to.

I don't really know how much overlap there is between the bondage and spanking kinks. Restraint is something one very rarely sees in spanking films, but it's something I know quite a lot of us enjoy in private.

Personally, I find bondage to hold me still during CP play a very different thing to the sort of bondage enjoyed at rope play parties. The sorts of decorative harnesses a talented rigger will create - designed to restrain and display the body, hold it in a sort of sweet tension - are not the means to an end (making sure you don't break position, and enhancing the feeling of helplessness during a punishment) but an end in themselves.

For me, the more decorative sort of bondage fits into my kink in a different way. The pain is interesting, but incidental: the real kick is in becoming an objet d'art, a pretty, helpless thing to be played with and admired. It's a submissive experience, but in a different way from CP play. Except of course, once you've been beautifully tied up, there's nothing to stop you being spanked - but I think submitting to that sort of spanking is quite different from going over someone's knee, or bending over for the cane. Perhaps after Sunday I'll understand how it fits together in my head a little better.

In the meantime, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts and experiences. Does bondage appeal to you? If so, how does the appeal relate to your interest in spanking?

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