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The underbelly of fetish parties has been exposed in photographs captured by Belgian photographer MagLau. The photographer dedicated three years to capturing the obsession with leather and chains, visiting fetish parties through Europe and Japan. The photographer told: “I just took pictures, always finding some beauty in the dark side”. He said that most people were happy to be photographed for the project, with the images included in a new book Fetish Ballad. Aiming to capture the candid moments, he said he never judged but instead wanted to simply observe and understand. Here: Picture from Fetish Ballad book. (Photo by MagLau/Laurent Muschel)

The underbelly of fetish parties has been exposed in photographs captured by Belgian photographer MagLau. The photographer dedicated three years to capturing the obsession with leather and chains, visiting fetish parties through Europe and Japan. The photographer told: “I just took pictures, always finding some beauty in the dark side”. He said that most people were happy to be photographed for the project, with the images included in a new book Fetish Ballad. Aiming to capture the candid moments, he said he never judged but instead wanted to simply observe and understand. Here: Picture from Fetish Ballad book. (Photo by MagLau/Laurent Muschel)
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16 Oct 2016 10:49:00
A model attends a fashion show at the “German Fetish Ball” in Berlin, Germany on May 12, 2018. (Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

A model attends a fashion show at the “German Fetish Ball” in Berlin, Germany on May 12, 2018. (Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)
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14 May 2018 09:23:00


Fashion designer John Galliano brought another batch of his Mad Max-inspired fashion to the Ready-To-Wear show in Paris today. You have the bloody chiseled bodies, the bizarre headgear and the decorative nooses. Maybe fetishizing the collapse of civilization is one step towards making peace with it? Or maybe it's just a weird run-off from our current end-of-days obsession. Either way, enjoy our gallery of buff men in survivalist rags.
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28 Mar 2013 10:47:00
Participants of the so called “Victorian Picnic” walk in fancy costumes during the Wave Gothic Festival (WGT) in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 2, 2017. Approximately 20,000 goths and other dark subculture fans such as cybergoths, metalheads, steampunks, neo- Victorians, dark romantics, dark electro, industrial, medieval and fetish fans are expected to attend the world' s largest gothic and “dark” culture festival until June 5, 2017. (Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP Photo)

Participants of the so called “Victorian Picnic” walk in fancy costumes during the Wave Gothic Festival (WGT) in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 2, 2017. Approximately 20,000 goths and other dark subculture fans such as cybergoths, metalheads, steampunks, neo- Victorians, dark romantics, dark electro, industrial, medieval and fetish fans are expected to attend the world' s largest gothic and “dark” culture festival until June 5, 2017. (Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP Photo)
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05 Jun 2017 07:30:00
“Jessica”, a silicon s*x doll for sexual encounters lies on a bed at the “Bordoll” brothel on April 17, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images)

“Jessica”, a silicon sеx doll for sexual encounters lies on a bed at the “Bordoll” brothel on April 17, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. Bordoll is Germany's first brothel to specialize in sеx dolls. It currently offers 13 female dolls and one male doll and will soon be expanding its female line-up. Schwarz says “sеx dolls are so popular because the client can do what he wants to and nobody complains”. (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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19 Apr 2018 00:03:00
A marcher dressed as Marilyn Monroe during the annual Gay Pride march in London, July 1994

A marcher dressed as Marilyn Monroe during the annual Gay Pride march in London, July 1994. (Photo by Steve Eason/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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25 Nov 2011 12:57:00
Dancers perform at the 130th Anniversary Le Moulin Rouge celebration on October 6, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Dancers perform at the 130th Anniversary Le Moulin Rouge celebration on October 6, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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08 Oct 2019 00:05:00
Bugz Bonniie displays some of her tattoos. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Tattoo artists and body art fans from across the globe have descended on London for one of the biggest and most prestigious tattoo conventions. “This is like the Premier League of tattoo artists from all over the world who come here to show their work”, organiser Marcus Beriman said. Photo: Bugz Bonniie displays some of her tattoos. (Photo by Oli Scarff)
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28 Sep 2013 09:24:00