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Equality & Diversity in Shibari & Rope Bondage - NSFW

Mark Varley is looking for a model to fill this collaboration casting. It's based around St Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK Added 1525962542.

This casting is closed.

In recent months I've become aware of a growing issue in Rope Bondage / Shibari of the lack of diversity, this mainly applies to the younger/newer people coming into it who are heavily influenced by the available media, including the popular photography and bondage work of influencers in the field like me.

The basis of the issue is; if you're not a young, slim, white, straight, (cis) female, you're not very well portrayed in Rope Bondage/Shibari, and not considered desirable by riggers/tops generally.

As my work is part of the general image of rope bondage, I'm either part of the problem or part of the solution, and while I have always had an inclusive policy to the people I tie both personally and for my photography, I think I can do more, I think I have to do more.

I am specifically looking for, models who are happy doing rope bondage modelling at (artistic) nude levels, who are one or more of:

  • Not White/Caucasian (I particularly want to hear from asian/african/mixed-race/etc. obviously there is a lot of Japanese women in bondage media coming out of Japan, but there still a lack of it in the west generally)
  • Not Slim/Fit (I've already spoken to several larger female models, but there is scope for more, also women who are very slim without much muscular definition, or more muscular than the usual 'slim')
  • Not Young (so I particularly want to find more models over mid-40's)
  • Not 'Fit & Healthy' (I have a personal policy on disability, so I'd particularly like to include models who are (visually obviously) physically disabled or have obvious medical conditions. (I have a significant amount of experience tying people with medical problems that complicate things, I'd like more shoots with such people))
  • Not (cis) Female (I've spoken to a few cis-male models, there is limited scope for more, I'm particularly interested in including TS & TG models, and anyone who can bring variety in this area)
  • Not Straight (I've worked with a few gay women and I feel they could be more represented, also gay men are welcome, Bisexuals, etc. especially filling another of the above areas)
  • Also heavily tattood models, and/or pierced, and especially more unusual body-mods, (inked models are common enough, but not so much heavily-tattood, nor other general body mods, probably as many types are considered a safety risk)

No bondage experience is necessary, but you need to understand that bondage modelling is a hands-on process and be comfortable with that (if you don't already know me, I'm one of the most experienced rope bondage professionals around, you're in very safe hands).

Shoots will be TFp plus Profit Share, while the distribution of this work will bring variety to this issue primarily by dilution and examples, it'll be distributed with my usual work and some will be included in my prints-for-sale and possibly in future books, I share my profits in these instances with my models.

There is no budget for travel (or other) costs, models will need to get themselves to me, I'm an Hour north of London, between Cambridge and Peterborough, close to the A1 and A14, nearest station is Huntingdon.

Take a moment to look at the work on my portfolio, that is what you can expect from modelling for me.

This is a general shift of my policy to be more actively inclusive, so shoots form this casting will be ongoing, I usually book shoots around 8 weeks in advance, feel free to apply if you see this casting in the future also.


Mark VarleyPhotographer

I am a full time photographer and have more than 14 years experience. I work for either pay or trade depending on assignment.

I'm based in St Ives, Saint Ives PE27, UK. Map