Tuesday, February 26, 2008

What is it about fetishes? Photographer Slava Mogutin captures images that makes you go uhhhhmmmm....

I'm certain that everyone has them. They may not talk about it or simply ignore it. There is a negative view of fetishism that dates back in the 1800s. It was considered at one point, an illness or a maladjusted form of sexual behaviour. Certain studies mention it as a case of sexual admiration of inanimate objects. Although there are some that I would consider normal, some that can be outgrown - there are also extreme cases and would be considered abnormal.

According to Wikipedia, "Sexual fetishism is the sexual attraction to material and terrestrial objects while in reality the essence of the object is inanimate and sexless. Body parts may also be the subject of sexual fetishes (also known as partialism) in which the body part preferred by the fetishist takes a sexual precedence over the owner. Sexual fetishism may be regarded as a disorder of sexual preference, or as an enhancing element to a relationship.

The concept has its origins in the 18th century with Charles de Brosses' theory of fetishism as a primary stage in the evolution of a religion, and from the advent of psychosexual/psychodynamic theories of society and individuals in 19th century Europe by (amongst others) psychologist Alfred Binet, German philosopher Max Dessoir, and Sigmund Freud." Read the full text here.

In my point of view, the stating the "normal fetish" is obvious when you know that the objects aren't required to function sexually. It may add to your excitement but not "the reason" for the excitement. Let's look at the images captured by Slava Mogutin and see for ourselves. Some are a little too graphic for this site hence, I didn't post them.

Slava Mogutin captures the images which are thought-provoking to say the least. However, that is not the only subject matter he covers. He does photograph military guys a lot (I wonder what his fetish is?) ;) The photos appear so real and unrehearsed that makes you wonder and ask, "How much of this image reflect my own inhibitions?"

To see his other works, visit Slava Mogutin's Wesite

Credits: Images are from different sources on the internet including the photographer's website.

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