story with photos (66 photos) starring Ariel Anderssen
Tags: rope bondage, ballgown, barefoot, gown, historical, blonde, dress, dungeon, ungagged
Once upon a time, a million years ago, when I was a new model who hadn't learned about how to do my makeup yet, and Hywel was a young photographer who didn't have a beard yet, I visited his house for a photoshoot, and we shot a set about Andromeda in chains, awaiting her fate. It was shot in the corner of Hywel's living room, where he'd hung a proliferation of white fabric up to approximate a white studio set. I'd just discovered eyeliner, so I felt fabulously prepared to shoot a set of unparalleled drama.
It was a beautiful set, and Hywel even ended up printing me a copy of one of the pictures, which I hung in my flat despite having a rule to never display pictures of myself at home (it just feels too vain for a professional model to do any such thing). It was just so lovely, and I had such happy memories of shooting it. It was back in the days when I was still too shy about liking bondage to be comfortable playing the role of anyone who enjoyed being tied up, so being such a damsel in distress was perfect for me.
These days, the picture is framed, and hangs on our staircase. It's a happy reminder of how our relationship started, and how things have changed for us both since.
For example, THESE days we have our own dungeon. So we felt that maybe it was time to update our Andromeda shoot. I no longer had my Victoria's Secret nightgown which I'd worn at the first shoot and which had suffered an unfortunate accident with a cactus in Tucson at a shoot a few years ago. But we DID have a beautiful classical white gown lent to us by the fantastic Claudia of Falciari Designs, who was styling the shoot for us that day. So we re-shot Andromeda. Maybe it'll be a tradition to do so every decade. Really hope you enjoy it. I hope you'll agree that I've become slightly less crazy with eye makeup.