Downblouse is a variety of sexual fetishism or voyeurism. It’s based on the opportunity, provided by some types of women’s clothing, for men to peer down and enjoy watching their breasts unobtrusively. It might take the form of making unauthorised digital photographs down the open top of a female’s dress, blouse or other garment. The value of ‘downblousing’ imagery is increased, from the collector’s perspective, when those pictures of breasts or cleavages are obtained thanks to random chance.
To be a voyeur is to have a sexual interest in observing others or to be actively involved in the erotic surveillance of them. The desire at work in voyeurism ( from the French voyeur, “ one who looks”) is to enjoy the spectacle of someone who is undressing or-ideally-if they are engaged in sexual activity.
The pleasure of the voyeur can also be encouraged by any intimate activity assumed to be private at the moment it is being watched. This could take the form of the target trying clothes on, brushing hair or cooking. In these moments, the objectified centre of the voyeuristic spectacle will, most likely, be unaffected, unguarded and entirely natural in their behaviour.
In popular imagination the term voyeurism can be applied in a more general sense to refer to someone who habitually observes others without their knowledge regardless of any sexual interest. They may do this by using a number of strategies-observing their subject from a distance using a camera with a zoom lens, or closer up with the use of peep-holes, two way mirrors or concealed cameras.
An interesting variation on this kink is the phenomenon of consensual fetishism when the person being observed is always aware that the voyeur is watching them and finds their own fetishistic value in it.
Exploring New Fetishes
Even though it was the same model, shot in the same setting by the same photographer, the end result was so different to anything we’d done before. Together we created a ‘voyeur’ set. Our intention was to capture the essence of many fetishes. They include:
Unaji (nape fetish), upskirt fetish, hosiery fetish, downblouse fetish, foot fetish, bra fetish and dangling heel fetish and more.
Although Fetish photography usually works best when it’s done in a controlled environment like a dungeon or a specially decorated studio, I like to push the boundaries. One way to do this is to perform discreetly in a public place like a pizza restaurant. Part of the fetish value can be found in the simple fact that it happens without the other customers realising that it is. Another advantage is that the event occurs halfway between a closed set and the outside world. There’s nothing quite like going outside for real though and shooting a fetish set where bystanders, voyeurs and joggers might catch a glimpse adds even more to the experience. When I’m posing outside, I have no idea what might happen. Having an unknown number of people in the background is always a risk. They may, or may not, even be aware that something provocative might be happening before their eyes or just at the periphery of their vision. What made this shoot even more thrilling and intimidating was that it took place in an area of dense woodland. That type of environment can attract and hide any number of onlookers. Some could be totally innocent. Others might have different reasons for being there. As I shed my clothes, my imagination began to suggest any number of perverse stories in my mind. I’d planned the shoot well in advance and I thought that I had everything under control and all eventualities accounted for. Then, in the distance, or […]
The Art of Exhibitionism
I felt the photographer’s flash as it lit my naked breasts and belly. It made me think about exhibitionism as I held the coat open. I understand exhibitionism in my own way. It isn’t just about flaunting or exposing parts of your body when you’re in public. I know it can be a result of spontaneous need, a psychological compulsion or just too much alcohol mixed with the sudden impulse to be outrageous. What really interests me about exhibitionism is its dual nature. If it’s threatening or anti-social we call it indecent exposure. In a social situation and amongst like-minded people it can be called “flashing” instead. I’m not really an exhibitionist but I love posing so much that there must be a part of me that wants to share my charms with others. At swinger’s parties or fetish events I’m more of a voyeur. I enjoy the results of other peoples exhibitionism more that indulging my own. At a recent fetish party I stood back and stared as two girls performed on stage. One of them was on a leash and the other was walking her around like a dog. I respected the effort it took to be displayed like that and I enjoyed the response of the audience to a real exhibitionist in action. I’d never want to be that girl on stage. I was doing a nude photo-shoot recently. It was late and it was cold. During a break between set-ups I started to shiver and looked […]
Confessions of a Voyeur – Venus O’Hara
I’m into consensual voyeurism and I never have to worry about being seen because the people I watch know that I’m there. In voyeurism the spectator usually has to ensure that their presence is never detected at any point.To be a voyeur means having a constant sexual interest in observing others or to be actively involved in the erotic surveillance of them. The desire at work in voyeurism ( from the French voyeur, “ one who looks”) is to enjoy the spectacle of someone who is undressing or engaged in sexual activity with someone else or by themselves. I remember the first time I went to a swingers club. I felt shy, uneasy and out of place because I wasn’t an exhibitionist like all the people around me. Later, I found myself having a drink with the guy I was with and we became aware that couples were having sex openly around us. I was embarrassed at first but, gradually, I started to watch and learn. Observing a real couple having sex and knowing that they have a private language of touches, murmurs and kisses is always more interesting than the mechanical grindings of bored professionals in modern porn. In the swingers club, seeing how so many other people came, if they did at all, was an intense erotic experience. I felt completely relaxed watching them because they’d have been doing exactly the same thing whether I’d been there or not. I could stare and stare and not worry that […]