WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PICK UP A CAMERA?
My dad was a passionate analog hobby photographer and videographer for some time, so I guess the first influence was from my parental house. Personally I never took the time to learn photography or videography well enough to go beyond snapshots. The big change came with the desire to capture my ropework in the best possible way. Only then I bought a new camera and started to experiment with it. Over time I took some courses to improve my skills and learn to properly operate a camera. After photography I turned to video.
At the moment I appreciate video and photography equally. Commercially the site(s) benefit more from video than they do from photography.
I consider myself a mediocre photographer/videographer, for that reason I tend to cooperate a lot with dedicated photographers and/or videographers. This allows me to focus on my ropework and let the photographer/videographer worry about capturing it in the best possible way.
WHAT PARTICULAR CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE WITH EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHY AS OPPOSED TO OTHER GENRES?
The focus of my work is rope bondage, regularly beyond the extreme. I need to make sure my bondages and the model(s) in it are safe; you don't want to damage your toys :) The main problem I face is that doing the bondages AND the photography and/or videography is simply not working,
something (bondage, model, photo, video) will get less attention and result in lower quality. Here you also have the main reason for our cooperation with dedicated photographers and/or videographers.
As RopeMarks we strive to have (at least part) of our material to enter the mainstream, get (Japanese) bondage out of the realm of dark S&M cellars and into the realm of art, or at least the artistic. This is a hard challenge since bondage in general is different for everyone and that opinion is generally absolute, you either like it or don't with the exception that some just don't care. An interesting challenge that we don't intent to give up :)
DO YOU PREFER TO SHOOT WITH FILM OR DIGITAL?
When I finally started with photography it was at the start of the digital photography era. At that moment, for an amateur, enthusiastic hobbyist, the logical choice was digital. Also, since the first publication of the shot material was the web, digital made more sense then analog.
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN FETISH/BDSM?
For this I would like to point you to a short piece of text I have on the RopeMarks site (http://www.ropemarks.com/en/home/us.php), copied here for convenience:
RopeMarks is owned and operated by Bob, A Dutch guy living in Amsterdam with a fairly twisted mind and imagination. His love for the bound female form already showed itself at a very early age, the age of 8 when he started reading comics. One day, somewhere around the age of 10, he once again took
his allowance (the huge amount of a few dollars) to his favorite second-hand comic shop. In the back of this shop was a small porn department. While waiting in line to pay for his second-hand comic he catched a glimpse of the magazine the man in front of him was paying for. The magazine had a black and white photo on the cover of a bound woman wearing only sexy lingerie. This was his first look at such an image.
A few weeks later he found himself standing by the already mentioned porn department, looking for a magazine with a bound female. He never blushed as much as he did then when he paid for the magazine he found. The Dutch, European, BDSM he was exposed too, had little serious bondage to offer, mainly the use of leather cuffs for restraining. The use of rope was minimal and aesthetics where not to be found. It was nice and exciting, but it was not -exactly- what he was "looking" for.
Around his 16th he got access to the internet through school (which was nothing compared to the internet of today). On the internet he started looking for information about bondage and BDSM. It was quick, easy and anonymous (still important aspects for current internet use). Besides a lot of information he also found, photos, a lot of photos, of Oriental women bound with rope. These photos were not just photos of bondage with leather or leather and rope, but there was beauty in the bondage, a purpose, an aesthetic. The bondage itself could be seen as art. The model served as a canvas where the artist could apply his ropes. The model became a living erotic piece of art. Not only did it look wonderful, it was also very arousing. The name he saw being used most for this was "Japanese bondage". When he knew what he liked, Japanese bondage, he started concentrating on it. he started with looking, studying, the photos he found on the internet. The more he searched the internet, the more textual information he found.
With his first girlfriend he attempted his first bondage's. This kept growing and expanding with every girlfriend. Relations broke, but bondage kept his interest. Comics, SM magazines, bondage and the internet filled his youthful mind and became a returning factor in his life and relationships. With every girlfriend the focus on bondage (and BDSM) in the relationship grew until he found a long-time partner that shared his bondage interest on the receiving end of the ropes. The growth of Bob, and his partner, went fast from there and resulted among other thing in the company RopeMarks.
Currently RopeMarks, Bob, can be considered a household name of very good reputation in the European BDSM/Fetish scene and a very well known name with equally good reputation in the world wide BDSM/Fetish scene.
DO YOU ENJOY FETISHISM/BDSM PLAY IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE, AND IF SO WHAT ARE YOU INTO?
Oh hell yeah! :) Obviously bondage in its many ways is something that I enjoy and require. Besides that I'd like to keep my personal life on that subject private :)
DO YOU THINK PINUP AND FETISH ARE BECOMING PART OF THE MAINSTREAM CULTURE?
I don't think they are becoming a part, I think they already are a part of the mainstream culture. Still in the beginning phase as far as I can tell but that will grow in the future. For my "scene", bondage, I really think that in the (near) future there will be for instance jackets that hold your arms tied on your back, allowing you to go out (supervised) and mingle with the public. Or is that just my fantasy? :)
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS YOU WORK IN?
Photography is one, shared with videography those are the main mediums I work in/with. But for me these are in the end just tools to capture my ropework, that is my main interest, tying a beautiful girl who enjoys to be tied and capture the process, the facial expression and the rope work.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
A lot but I enjoy (club) industrial and (roots) reggae the most.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
Didn't we just establish that my personal life was private? :) further, the usual I guess, spending quality time with my girl, meeting friends, a movie, going out.
RopeMarks started out as a serious hobby and, at the moment of writing this, in 12 years turned into a full fledged company with a very good reputation in the field of, Japanese, Bondage. To properly separate the concerns of the RopeMarks activities a number of domains have been set up.
There is the RopeMarks site, the mother of all sites in the RopeMarks empire :) Here you can find all information about the RopeMarks current, future and past activities:
See more of BOB OF ROPEMARKS:
There is the members only site, Club RopeMarks. Here you can find photo and video series of RopeMarks toying around with different models, putting them through the passes of, Japanese, bondage in the way only RopeMarksRopeMarks can::
For now just a small shop where we offer our DVD's and some items for sale. In time this shop will grow and feature RopeMarks items and non-RopeMarks items that we personally appreciate:
In the past mentions, reviews and just the daily going-ons of activities where added to the RopeMarks mother site (RopeMarks.com). Since we have grown out of proportion to continue in that way a dedicated domain with a blog has been set up for this:
A little out-of-date, our tutorial site where people can turn to for information and photo and video tutorials to learn the art of Japanese bondage, the RopeMarks way:
You can probably find RopeMarks on most relevant social media sites, some of the sites regularly visited are:
DeviantArt : http://ropemarks.deviantart.com/
FetLife : http://fetlife.com/users/31321