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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
Meghan Umphres Leatherman, 9 nine months pregnant and dilated to 1cm seen lifting a heavy weight at her home town gym in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Dave Cruz/Barcroft Media)

Meghan Umphres Leatherman, 9 nine months pregnant and dilated to 1cm seen lifting a heavy weight at her home town gym in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Dave Cruz/Barcroft Media)
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15 May 2014 07:16:00
German pensioner Volker Kraft decorates an apple tree with Easter eggs in the garden of his summerhouse, in the eastern German town of Saalfeld, March 19, 2014. (Photo by Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)

German pensioner Volker Kraft decorates an apple tree with Easter eggs in the garden of his summerhouse, in the eastern German town of Saalfeld, March 19, 2014. Each year since 1965 Volker and his wife Christa spend up to two weeks decorating the tree with their collection of 10,000 colourful hand-painted Easter eggs in time for Easter celebrations. (Photo by Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)
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20 Apr 2014 11:22:00
A Filipino flagellant crawls along a street on Maundy Thursday, in San Fernando city, Pampanga Province, north of Manila, Philippines, 24 March 2016. Many Filipino Catholic penitents mark the Holy Week by submitting to different forms of physical penance in the hopes of being forgiven for their sins. (Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA)

A Filipino flagellant crawls along a street on Maundy Thursday, in San Fernando city, Pampanga Province, north of Manila, Philippines, 24 March 2016. Many Filipino Catholic penitents mark the Holy Week by submitting to different forms of physical penance in the hopes of being forgiven for their sins. (Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA)
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27 Mar 2016 12:08:00
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
The 6th Siberian Tattoo Festival at Podzemka Loft Park in Novosibirsk, Russia on August 20, 2017. (Photo by Kirill Kukhmar/TASS)

The 6th Siberian Tattoo Festival at Podzemka Loft Park in Novosibirsk, Russia on August 20, 2017. Tattoo lovers have been showing off their impressive inkings at annual conventions in LA and Russia this weekend. This year marks the sixth Siberian Tattoo Festival in Novosibirsk, Russia, while stateside tattoo fanatics have been celebrating all things body-art at the LA Tattoo Convention in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Kirill Kukhmar/TASS)
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21 Aug 2017 07:36:00
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


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