Transformation by G. Elliott Simpson
For the first time, iconic fetish photographer G. Elliott Simpson is showing his works in a monograph. This book features cutting-edge fetish photography showcasing rubber and latex, aesthetically appealing and skillfully made. The Toronto-based photographer manages to approach the topic in a tasteful way, allowing viewers from the outside to explore an unknown world of lust and desire.
“It’s fair to say that injury and recovery motivated me to get on with making the work I’d always wanted to, made me appreciate the time left. While I admire the work of many photographers who are out to capture ‘truth’, or to ‘document’, I myself am intrigued by artifice”, says photographer G. Elliott Simpson.
As the playwright, director and TV host Brad Fraser puts it: “In some ways Simpson works like a film-maker. The initial photographs are just the beginning of a much longer, highly labour-intensive process. Backgrounds are painted, figures are retouched, distorted, changed. Viewing the final print is different from seeing the original proofs in the same way that seeing an artist’s initial storyboards differs from viewing the finished film. The artifice that began with the costumes and props from the original shoot becomes so enhanced that the images take on a convincing naturalism authentic to the artist’s vision and world view.”
The closer one looks, the more complex and unsettling Simpson’s work becomes. It provokes questions about matters that go beyond the immediate and easy assumptions. This makes G. Elliott Simpson one of the most important fetish photographers of our times.