Tomi KnoxBaby, that’s not where that goes feat. Odette Delacroix (2014)

Even if I don’t always feel Mr. Knox work, I have an affinity for his art porn with a kink-positive perspective along with a healthy leavening of BDSM. (Also the fact that he is stridently committed to analog technologies earns him mad fucking respect in my book.)

With this photo, I like the subject matter but I just don’t understand–beyond the obvious that it’s about what she’s doing with the toothbrush (which by the way, I have on good authority feels freaking amazing)–why her head needed to be decapitated by the top frame edge.

The thing I will say–to keep myself honest–is that it doesn’t bother me as much here as it typical does. And I don’t know if it’s that during the back and forth interviewing Lady Sensuality commented that Knox is one of the most kind-hearted people she’s ever met but despite the extremity of some of the things his work depicts and as much as I feel in the depth of my soul that such work needs to clearly evidence the negotiation of the performers with regards to consent and personal boundaries, looking back through Knox’s archives I’m struck by just how–and it’s dumb to say that an image feels consent-y (that’s not how consent works)–but there always seems to be a (for lack of a better word) joy imbuing the proceedings he documents.

I’d have liked this image more in a wider framing but I think it works as is. I just don’t understand why the negative seems to have been flipped. If you study other pictures of Odette Delacroix, you’ll understand what I’m getting at. 🙂

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