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Kiss of Fire (German Edition) (German) Hardcover – June 1, 2003
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Barbara Nitke uses the word almost immediately in her introduction. Each time she writes it, she makes it seem so simple, as if the emotional bonds that seal the people she photographs were visible as the light that bathes them, palpable as the breath they share. In the most striking of her images, those emotions, and feelings - the love being celebrated and exchanged truly is a tangible character in the scene, proudly declaring its validity. From image to image the language of the lovers changes: The eager light of a woman tensed for the next sensation from her Master, near monolithic in his anonymity. We wonder what it is that she recognizes as she gazes into the face hidden from us. A powerfully built woman, clad all in black leather gently catches the body of her slave, cat of tails still in hand. Having just administered blows to his nude back, she regards him gently as he reclines into her embrace, drunk in the sensation. A tiny Asian woman almost glows as she cradles her much lover, bearded and burly, but rapt in possession - he has given himself to her bound and gagged. The light of her face and shower of her hair pour over him as they drift in a Pieta of trust and desire. A regally statuesque Domina bends to her fragile female sub, dangling a kiss just above the thirsty mouth of her charge, made totally naked and vulnerable as she sits on the commode. There is no doubt in the mind of the photographer or her subjects, what they are telling us are love stories, perhaps not in the idiom we are most used to, but love stories regardless.
Kiss of Fire is a collection of love stories every bit as valid and timeless and the Song of Solomon.Read more ›
Nitke's photographs can be shocking at times in their frankness. A bound man cries out in pleasure and agony as another man behind him, naked to the waist, plays upon his body. A pale woman is seated on a toilet, vulnerable and timid, with all of her attention focused on the woman leaning over her.
Each of Nitke's photographs is attuned to the interplay between the partners and the love that manifests even in the most extreme sexual encounters. Their interaction feels spontaneous; a charged moment frozen in time. Yet each scene is framed in a gently formal composition that makes even the most outrageous accruements seem beautiful.
I enjoyed how Nitke writes of her experience exploring the SM community and her increasing desire to photograph the lovers she saw. "I loved watching them float around together at parties," Nitke says, "Flying on their endorphins, lost in each other. I loved the ones who would spend days cooking up intricate, delicious scenes to tantalize the other and then tell you about it afterwards like mischievous kids."
Nitke has captured the intense energy of these couples' passion as well as the deep intimacy and trust that is required to engage in SM. For anyone who has ever wanted a deeper look into the glorious contradictions of kinky sexuality, KISS OF FIRE is a must.
I am a kinky woman who does not normally enjoy visual erotica. Mostly I find it cliched, sexist, disturbing, or some combination of the three. When I received this book as a present, I thought, "Oh, well, maybe my partner will like it." But, paging through it, I was delighted and moved by what I found. This is unlike any other book of visual erotica that I've ever encountered.
These are candid images - real pictures of what the BDSM scene looks like on the inside. She shows people of different body types and levels of conventional attractiveness engaged in a wide variety of BDSM activities. The compositions are excellent. And, as only a few photographers are skilled enough to do, Nitke captures the moments when her subjects have their souls in their eyes.
This book is a must-have for any kinky person! I was moved almost to tears. "Finally, someone who gets it!" was the foremost thought in my head, and it will be in yours, too.
I believe that if mainstream folks see these images, it could cause a real change in how our lifestyle is perceived. The passion, love, and joy that we bring to our scenes is often not obvious to outsiders and casual observers, but she makes it plain for all to see. Simply amazing.
Bravo, Nitke - I'll be looking forward eagerly to your next offering.
But Nitke is no mere photojournalist. She aims for the *feeling* of SM, capturing beautifully the trancelike languor, the moments of catharsis, of utter connectedness, of blinding sensation, that can occur in SM at its best, where time seems to stretch and spirit energies feel as palpable as heat. She shoots with long exposures that leave ghostly trails and uses unusual infrared films that make skin tones glimmer with an ethereal light. Some of her figures feel more like energy clouds than blocks of solid mass.Read more ›
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In an attempt to be 'real' the photographer has ended up producing a book full of amateurish looking black and white photographs of S&M practitioners. Read morePublished on April 1, 2010 by Bippy the Beardless
Barbara Nitke has done her homework. She has spent countless hours with the BDSM community gathering these images. Read morePublished on February 7, 2004 by Doug H.