Part 2 of today's fetish art show, featuring the fascinating work by creative artists Ambrose +Wether.
A+W Artist Statement
Ambrose & Wether is the pseudonymous partnership of a photographer and a writer. As a sideline to their established and better-known work, in 2011 the two began collaborating on a series of erotic tintypes shot entirely in Victorian-era wet-plate collodion with a 1920s Eastman View Camera.
These particular photographs are from a series of plates for a book project entitled Unfulfilled Desires. They are in part a self-conscious homage to early-twentieth-century commercial and vernacular erotica. But there is also an underlying expression of contemporary desire, the longing and artificiality of photography, the fetish for otherness, for a singular experience and its repetition.
A hundred and fifty years ago portrait photographers used metal braces to steady their subjects' heads during a shoot. Our own work is accomplished through exposures lasting from twenty seconds to as long as a minute and a half.
Posing for collodion, the enforced stillness, is a kind of bondage in itself.