Trending
MOST READ
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
8 Cultural Gems on the North Side

8 Cultural Gems on the North Side

City Guide 2014: “Outside the Loop” is used as a pejorative by Downtown-centric cool kids, but oases of culture can be found in the sprawling suburbs of the North Side.... By Dan R. Goddard 2/24/2014
Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
Free Things to Do: Kid-friendly

Free Things to Do: Kid-friendly

Free Guide: It’s almost summer, which means that your government-subsidized free daycare (aka public school) goes on hiatus thanks to an archaic allegiance to a rural agriculture economic system that hasn’t been in play for decades. What to do with the wee ones whining 5/21/2014
Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Arts & Culture: In one of the final chapters of his book To Selena, With Love (out March 6), Selena's widower Chris Perez mentions that Abraham Quintanilla, his former father-in-law, once... By Enrique Lopetegui 3/7/2012
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Arts & Culture

'Evocative Lust' Showcases BDSM Community

Photo: Courtesy photo, License: N/A

Courtesy photo

Liza M and Caleb Cahill


NSFW Photo Gallery: 'Evocative Lust

Lurking on the edge of the neo-burlesque self-empowerment movement is another tradition that pushes tastes for a little lace into darker territory. Bettie Page did it, and so, too, do many normal-seeming folk today. The “it” is fetish photography of the BDSM variety, a prurient art form that delights in offending polite and politically correct sensibilities. Whips, ropes, and dog leashes abound, with models acting out roles of domination and submission.

Bondage, domination, and sadomasochism have been around at least since the French Revolution, when the Marquis de Sade gave his name to the libertinism. From the outside, it’s difficult to see anything subversive in what appear to be displays of sexual violence. But undermining the heterosexual male gaze has long been part of the project. Sade was imprisoned for, among other things, sexual relations with his manservant.

“Evocative Lust,” a photography exhibition by Nadelle Devries on view at Stonewall Gallery, traces Devries’ discovery of the BDSM community in San Antonio over the last two months. The series of black and white photographs feature gay and straight, male and female participants.

Devries, a self-taught San Antonio photographer, went pro 14 months ago when she founded Amourpropre Photography. “I’m married, but I love the beauty of a woman,” said Devries. “I love everything — freckles, their flaws, their curves. I love it all. So, I started doing boudoir shots, but I wanted to go deeper.”

Introduced to the local BDSM community by a friend, Devries went through a radical change in attitude. “At first, I thought it was very negative,” said Devries. “I thought it was something I would never consider doing. But I learned that it was beautiful, that people have strong connections.” Noting that, “people are quick to judge,” Devries points out that there are many misconceptions about fetish role-playing. “People think the dom is in control,” she said. “They’re not. The sub is the one with the power.”

Caleb Cahill, a 19-year-old culinary arts student at St. Phillips College, took part in the shoot, one of his first experiences as a model. Though he is an avid follower of fashion, Cahill sees too many restrictions in the commercial modeling scene. “Every time I watch America’s Next Top Model, I just wish I were a woman so I could do this sort of thing,” Cahill said during the opening at Stonewall. “I never see any shows where a male does it. They always have that ‘straight’ face, and this masculine walk, and I think — you can do more.” Paired with Liza M, a female model he had never met, Cahill took on the softer role that had eluded his imagination.

“In this project, being this person who goes from cotton candy to someone seductive, it really empowers me to be something else, and try to portray it in a picture,” said Cahill

Devries is getting some attention for her efforts. Upcoming contract shoots will feature Saterra ShatteredVains of La Femme Fatale Burlesque and Rose Munoz, aka Gaige, one of the directors of the San Antonio Burlesque Festival.

Nadelle Devries: Evocative Lust

Free
10am-5pm Mon, Fri;
10am-2pm Sat
Stonewall Gallery
1011 Broadway, Ste. 300
facebook.com/thisisstonewall
Through June 23

Recently in Arts & Culture
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus