In a way it is true of course. To have a fetish is to have an urge to submit yourself to something that has such a strong attraction to you, that you can’t defy it. It can take many forms. You can have a fetish for objects or materials. You can also have a fetish towards others and in that way it becomes indeed a game of power. But there is nothing abnormal with it. On the contrary, a fetish is often a temporary escape from reality in which one can live his or hers fantasies, alone or with others, in a total harmless way.
Ali Choudhry has a fetish. His fetish has to do with fetishism. Ali is determined to explore and show fetishism in a way that isn’t super explicit and very accessible to most people. He allowed us a first glance in his vision of fetishism back in January, in his feature with Paul Hutchins, dressed in not much more than strings of red and blue ropes. Today Ali introduces us to a new vision of fetishism, and he does it with the assistance of Sym Puskaric. Much like that first shoot with Paul, in which Ali Choudhry explored the world of ropes and bondage, this second essay brings us in the universe of latex and leather. Two materials often associated with sexual fetishism and games of dominance.
In addition to doing portrait shoots, Ali Choudhry also works as nightlife photographer for a local queer magazine. This job brings him to all kind of clubs and events and brings him in contact with those who make the gay night scene such a flamboyant world. On one such a night Ali went to a local bar called The Sportsman which at that time was holding a peagant for the Mr. Sportsman title. This is where Ali first met Sym Puskaric. Sym was a contestant and ended up being runner up, but for Ali he was the absolute winner. Part of the contest was a formal wear/fetish wear section, and when Sym showed up on stage with long length fisting gloves, Ali knew he needed this man for his exploratory series.
Ali Choudhry recalls: “I'm a quiet and reserved person by nature so I waited to approach him a few days and finally got in touch with him over social media. Being in a venue with a camera opens a lot of doors because I sent him a few of the shots I had taken of him on the night and he loved them so much he agreed to work with me.” Now there was something else about Sym that caught Ali’s eye asides form the gloves he was wearing at the contest. Sym is a man who has no complaints when it comes to body hair. Ali, who mostly works with smooth models, felt an instant urge to explore the photographic possibilities Sym could offer him and wanted to do some body scape shots that would really show off the texture Sym’s hair created.
The result of the collaboration of Ali Choudhry and Sym Puskaric is absolutely stunning. Stylish, sensual portraits of a man who is in control of his urges and wishes. A normal man who allows us a glimpse in his inner world of secret desires and fetishes, which makes the concept of fetishism absolutely normal. –BM-
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