de diciembre de 2017.
Phillips es Físico de Partículas. ¡Real! Se formó como Físico y se graduó de la
Universidad de Birmingham, de Reino Unido, con un Ph.D. en Física de Partículas.
Es un experto, y trabajó en el experimento DELPHI en el CERN en Ginebra.
profesor en el Departamento de Física en Royal Holloway, Universidad des Londres,
y es fotógrafo y productor de bondage, creador de la mítica web RestrainedElegance.com
, con miles de admiradores y admiradoras en todo el mundo. Apostó por un estilo
de bondage muy romántico y elegante, y triunfó.
respuestas en nuestra entrevista son muy interesantes, y es una buena opción para
leer si os gusta el bondage.
Phillips. Physicist, I think that you are the one physicist and bondage producer
of all the world. It's very curious. Explain me. Why did you choose to study physics?
I'm sure Im not the only kinky physicist in the world, and I'm probably not the
only physicist bondage producer either.
But I guess it isn't the most obvious career path!
I've always been interested in science, since I was very small. I remember being
given books of experiments to do by friends of the family who came to visit- like
the chromatography one with kitchen roll and felt tip pen (draw a line on the
paper with the pen, then wet it: the pigments will separate out into different
colours). I was fascinated by space- another early memory is the Apollo-Soyuz
linkup mission of 1975. I missed the moon landings, I was too young to know what
was going on, but I was mesmerised by the idea of understanding the world and
the universe. At school my favourite subjects were definitely the sciences and
Geology; when it came to studying for my degree physics won because it promised
to go deeper and deeper, and I was excited by the discovery of the W and Z particles
at CERN when I was a teenager.
sits in between pure mathematics and engineering in many ways... and since my
mother was a pure mathematician and my father an electrical engineer it seemed
like a pretty natural place to go! I grew up as a University kid in a University
city, and a lot of my parents' friends were lecturers and professors, which is
why I got given science books when I was a small child I guess!
really it's the thrill of discovery, of taking things apart and finding out how
they work that's the beauty and attraction of physics.
I still am a particle physicist by the way, I will always think that way, it's
just that I'm making my living as a photographer now instead.
is your experience working on the DELPHI experiment at CERN in Geneva?.
loved working on DELPHI. For my Ph.D., I'd been shunted onto an experiment called
H1 on the HERA accelerator at DESY in Hamburg. In theory I could see that it was
an exciting experiment, and I had some expertise in software design that fitted
in with what the group needed at the time. There was half a chance of discovering
something unforeseen, too.
I finished my Ph.D. before the experiment had taken much data, I hated my supervisor
and I didn't feel at home in Hamburg.
(It's flat, everyone went out drinking all night and clubbing, and the food's
... plain at best. I like mountains, being up early and in bed early, I don't
drink alcohol at all, and I like nice food. Hamburg sucked.)
contrast, DELPHI was an experiment that was taking data, I was in a research group
with people I really liked, the rest of the experiment was mostly very cheery
French and Italians and Greeks who approached the whole thing with a lot of flair,
impassioned arguments and lots of long lunches. It was in the mountains, and it
was gearing up to a second phase at higher energy that had a LOT of potential
to see new stuff- but which also promised precision measurements of the Standard
Model which are another really good way to look for new physics. I had six very
fun years charging around the world and won a personal fellowship to study the
interactions between the W and Z bosons- the very thing which had first drawn
me to particle physics as a teenager. I had an absolute blast.
this combination of physical and bondage producer, are you a fun person with a
good sense of humor? Or are you a serious and shy person? How are you of character?.
I don't know that I can answer that - maybe you should ask people who know me!
am very serious and shy, and very introverted. I like to spend a lot of time alone
or with a very small number of close friends. Social interaction wears me out,
especially unstructured (small talk at parties is my worst nightmare). But I like
working with people very much, I get on with people pretty well and enjoy working
together on a shared project or activity. I can be fun and I do have a sense of
humour, it's just that you probably won't see it until we've worked on a project
together for a while.
As a result most of my socialising is done around shared activities. I run roleplaying
games (Dungeons and Dragons and the like) for my college housemates- we still
get together several times a year, 25 or so years since we lived together as students.
I have made some really good friends shooting for Restrained Elegance and in the
industry as well, as shoots provide an excellent ice breaking project to get to
know new people. And I like learning new stuff, so I usually have some sort of
evening course to go to and meet people there. (I'm learning Welsh at the moment,
having moved back to Wales three years ago).
In 2001 You have launched RestrainedElegance . Do you remember of your first
bondag model? Were you nervous?.
wasn't too nervous for my first shoot, because it was with a couple who were already
running a little bondage site. (I can't remember exactly what it was called -
UK Bondage or something like that). I went along to help out as the photographer,
so I had minimal responsibilities. They were a husband-and-wife team and he did
all the bondage rigging, so I didn't have much to be nervous about.
also been chatting to bondage models and producers online for a while- I'd discovered
BDSM erotica online as a Ph.D. student and joined many of the early sites. I'd
even met up with bondage star Molly Matthews and taken some photographs of her,
though not bondage ones. I'd been doing some pencil-and-paper drawings of my favourite
models and I was a big fan of her site. I was over in LA on a physics trip so
it seemed only natural to say hello.
when it came to my first "proper" bondage shoot where I was tying up the model
as well as taking the photographs, I wasn't that nervous. My first real shoot
was with Nikki Whiplash (https://twitter.com/nikkiwhiplash) . She's
mostly a domme, but she was on the model register at a studio near where I was
working, so I booked her for a two hour shoot one afternoon. My initial plan was
to take some photos to draw from- I felt that using other photographer's rope
work photos as reference wasn't really "fair" somehow, even though everyone had
been very kind and given me permission to do so.
I did make a classic newbie mistake on that shoot. I wanted to do some horror-film
inspired shots, and I wanted blood running down Nikki's calf and foot. I'd got
some stage blood and tested it on myself and it had washed clean off. No problem
I thought. But it turns out if you leave it on the skin a bit longer- say, long
enough to shoot a roll of film- it doesn't wash clean off. It leaves a great bit
red stain! She was very forgiving, thankfully. As was Jim Weathers when my second
newbie mistake at a shoot a couple of months later was using sealing wax for a
storyline without testing it on my skin first. Jim tested it on his hand, instead
of on his wife Jewel Evans' bottom. Good job too because it burns hot as hell.
Jim still has the scar, which by rights out to be on MY hand, not his. Fortunately
I'd brought some much cooler burning candles along and we used those instead.
photos, and your work, it's very diferent, it's a style "romantic bondage". Why
do you choose this style of bondage?.
I don't know that I had much choice, strange as it is to say. Those are just the
sorts of pictures that come into my head. Always have been, influence by things
like 1970s TV shows and photos in catalogues and magazines I guess, but it's just
the way my imagination works. I can shoot in other styles, but when I'm left to
my own devices to dream stuff up, that's what I imagine.
is a web site created by you and your wife, Joceline Phillips, "Ariel Anderssen".
Which of the two is more hardworking? Joceline or you? Who is the "Boss"? Have
you started the two together since the first day?.
is definitely harder working. Too hard working, she's crazy. She works as a freelance
model half the time, and works with me on Restrained Elegance the other half.
But during the days she is working for me she also has to keep all the rest of
her business going- emails, booking shoots, booking hotels and tours and flights
and trains, not to mention shooting customs and OnlyFans. Oh, and she's building
up a property business in her copious free time. I'm in awe, and also a bit ashamed
about how hard she works.
the other hand, I've had a good influence on her over the years- when we first
got together the idea of having a holiday was so stressful to her she burst into
tears. I think we're good for each other in that way.
to who is the boss, we keep it simple.
When we are working on a project for me (Restrained Elegance, Silk Soles, Elegance
Studios or a custom video where the customer has commissioned it though me), I'm
the boss. When we are working on a project for her where the customer has commissioned
her, she's the boss. And when we're not working, we're equal partners and try
to be kind to each other.
The current date of this interview is 2017. You created Restrained Elegance
17 years ago! Are there many changes in the Bondage Community since your first
day? Are these for good or for bad? What is the more important?.
There have been huge changes in the industry and the bondage community since I
started. Some good, some bad.
the really good side, the availability of online BDSM erotica has helped a lot
of people come to terms with their sexuality. Speaking to people like our niece
who grew up with the internet, they are not afraid that they are the only person
in the world with those desires, or that they are a danger to society, or anything
like that. They see that people can be into BDSM and still be perfectly nice and
normal people as well. They take it so much in their stride that our niece came
to make a documentary about us for her film school degree.
if you like it and it is consensual, broadly speaking you can find or commission
the erotica you want online. That's such a liberation. If you're queer or kinky
or trans or sub or switch or domme or you're into custard and tickling or gummy
bears and pedal pumping, you can find what you want and probably a community too.
the bad side, this may all be about to change. Governments are moving in to control
and censor the internet, huge businesses like Google, Facebook and Paypal are
increasingly limiting what you can see and in particular what you can pay for.
That last is a critical factor which is often overlooked. The golden age of internet
porn came about because small producers could put up what they wanted and get
paid for it. If you can't get paid for it, it'll be hard to keep making it, and
it feels like it is getting just that little bit harder each time a government
introduces new legislation or Facebook censors a nipple or Google stops adult
sites being able to advertise or Paypal bans a model or a producer from their
If we don't speak up and defend our right to enjoy the erotica we want, we'll
the elephant in the room is piracy and the tube sites. Producers don't want to
give porn away- it's how they make a living. Free porn is pirated porn, where
the pirates are selling the people who view it to advertisers. The pirates have
got big enough to start getting into bed with governments (eg MindG**k and the
UK age verification regulations which are about to come in) and that might cut
off independent production, at least as far as websites go. We might all be forced
onto big platforms like Clips4Sale- which is OK right up until the point where
they are bought out or leaned on to self-censor. We run the risk of being back
where we started with everything banned.
are many mythical models that have worked for RestrainedElegance. How many models
have you worked in all these years for RestrainedElegance?
About 250 in total I guess.
are the requirements to be a bondage RestrainedElegance model?.
looking good is an obvious one, but that's pretty much a given if you're working
as a professional model.
think the main thing is being able to emote, to project the feelings of the character
you are meant to be in the story, whilst still looking sexy and attractive and
being tied up. Being pretty isn't enough if you always do the same face and the
pose whether you are playing a medieval princess damsel in distress or a vampire
than that it is probably just a matter of being on the same wavelength as the
photographer, I guess.
many people work at RestrainedElegance? Are you two alone?.
there's just me. Joceline is part-time. The models come in for the shoots (which
average about one a week, roughly).
we've got a bunch of friends who help out here and there. Members-turned-photographer
friends like Steve and Merlin come and help out at shoots, especially long location
shoots. A lot of the longer-term models can help rig and do other stuff on shoot
days too. I've got a friend who has helped me develop the content management system
that the site runs on, and another couple who help by posting sets on the Classic
Restrained Elegance shopping cart and Clips4Sale (because data entry can be surprisingly
those add up to a few person-hours a month. It's basically just me and half of
is for you bondage? It's emotion? Fantasy? Passion?.
of those things, but first and foremost it is story and drama.
the first shoot I did with the couple who already ran a website, we had a discussion
about what we liked in bondage photos. He said he liked photos which focussed
on the sub's situation- her predicament, what was happening to her. He didn't
really mind much who was actually in the photos. A lot of BDSM erotica is a bit
like that, to me. A bit sort of impersonal, like it doesn't matter too much who
the tied up girl is.
I realised then that I wanted the absolute opposite. It's about getting your ropes
on the most beautiful girl you've ever seen, having the princess in shackles or
the movie star tied up in the boot of your car or making your impossibly beautiful
but bitchy boss into your sex slave. So it is about telling that story- who is
the girl in bondage? Why should you be in love with her? Why have you chosen her,
out of the whole world, to tie up?
Bondage is also foreplay. It comes before sex, of course, but also before harder
BDSM activities like caning or whipping or nipple clamps or torture. I like those
things too, but there's something special about the anticipation and the rising
tension while she's tied up but the worst (and best) hasn't actually happened
yet... like a very long intake of breath, an ultra-slow motion movie shot before
the action starts again.
while I do photograph and film harder BDSM, I have particular affinity for that
emotional moment just before it turns from anticipation into reality.
don't really shoot sex, not really anything explicit. We're too British and up-tight
to be comfortable with that, truth be told. I've tried it a few times and I'm
not very good at directing or shooting it, so I'll leave the more explicit stuff
to people more comfortable producing it. There are a few exceptions where we've
shot scenes with just Joceline and me, though.
I like your locations. I live in a city of Girona, near of Pirineos Mountains.
If you come for here, write me, but not now, that is winter haha. It's very important
the locations for bondage scenes? What is your favorite locations?.
I don't like a distracting or wrong or untidy location. I don't like photos taken
in the same identikit hotel room where the characters are meant to be superheros
or glamourous spies, or where you can see light stands and drinks bottles and
I like the location either be really inspiring for the story, like fjords or mountains
or old country houses, or totally abstract like a plain white or black background.
favourite location of all is Scandinavia, I go there whenever I can (not always
to shoot!) It's just so beautiful and suggests such great stories of vikings and
goddesses and spirits and giants and tales from the sagas, myths and legends.
us a funny anecdote during one of your bondage sessions.
I've already told you the two early mistakes at shoots, which are funny in retrospect
although they weren't at the time! We do have fun at shoots but I'm no good as
a funny storyteller so I think I'll just leave it at that.
is your opinion about piratery digital? What do you think about this problem?.
I spoke about piracy a bit above.
It's nasty from several angles all at the same time.
It devalues the work of models, performers, producers, directors, camera operators,
makes customers think we can afford to do things for nothing, and to expect that
they should pay nothing to see it. Worse, it leads customers to assume we are
somehow all mega-rich because we "must" get paid every time someone watches one
of our clips on a Tube site (We don't).
It puts pressure on production, it makes it harder for niche production to survive,
concentrates production efforts on the things most likely to be a commercial success
which means the most boring, normal, by the numbers porn.
It allows mega-companies to undercut models and producers, using their own stolen
products to drive them out of business and eventually buy up the production houses
for very little money.
it will kill indie production altogether.
the worst thing is that people don't even seem to think it is wrong- either to
pirate clips onto the Tube sites, or to watch them there.
the moment, production is going OK, largely supported by custom video and Clips4Sale.
If either of those pillars of support fail, we might end up with a very much smaller
base of production and a lot less variety of new stuff being made, which would
the flip side, one side of the industry is really booming- direct interaction
with the models, via things like Snapchat, social media, custom video and Only
Fans. It's never been easier or more fun to contact your favourite model and book
them direct, and that's really cool and exciting.
have been the cinematographer on mainstream indie films, for exemple, "The Dossier"
(2015) and "London Wall" (2014). What is indie films for you?.
Those productions came about by networking with people I'd met via kinky productions.
There's a lot of creative people in kinky productions, and like most creative
people they are interested in lots of different sorts of art or storytelling or
those mainstream indie films are just telling stories about non-kinky characters
and situations as well as we can, just the same as inky films are about characters
who are into BDSM or in BDSM situations.
I really enjoy the challenge of bigger productions!
me about your awards at the Kiel Fetish Film Festival. What is your feeling, as
It's a great honour, but I feel bad that I've never actually made it to the Kiel
festival in person. I must make it there one year! I think it is more important
to support events and community things like this than it is to win prizes- after
all, it's not really possible to compare one work of art to another and say which
is best. It is just which one most spoke to the people on the judging panel, I
I'd rather have made a piece of art which fills the soul of one person s much
with emotion that it makes a lasting impact on them, than appeal to a large group
of people but not have such a deep impact. Of course, in this industry you're
usually broadcasting into the void, and probably most of what we make doesn't
do either of those things. But it is good to aim for having a big emotional impact
on someone... the way that the first BDSM photos I saw on UseNet back in the 1990's
had an impact on me.
2013, you founded and ran the British Fetish Film Festival. Explain us why and
how this project works right now.
The British Film Festival is on hold, having been overtaken by events.
It started as a room full of producer and models at a friends' house, showing
each others films to the group. Which was scary as hell- we ended up with a ceremonial
cushion which we passed around so the person whose film was being screened at
that moment could hide behind it! But everyone was very supportive, and we talked
a lot and did a bunch of skill exchanges.
second and third time we ran it, we opened it to the public as well, but mostly
enthusiasts and producers again because I wanted it to be more of a film-makers
festival than a film-watchers festival. I deliberately didn't do any prizes or
anything because I wanted it to be collaborative rather than competitive. We had
a great time on the day making a film together at the festival itself, editing
it and then screening it at the end, as well as watching films from producers
who had come along.
But with all the other stuff going on it was a lot of work to run, and a lot of
the early supporters have either quit production or left the UK because of the
ongoing attempts of the government to censor us and shut us down.
we put the festival on hold, in favour of more direct campaigning organisations,
a lot of them led by our friend Pandora/Blake, and groups like Backlash and the
Open Rights Group.
we will feel like running our friendly little festival for producers again one
day, but right now the climate just feels a bit hostile, and there's such a lot
else to do....
activism, your productions, webmaster, etc. How many free time do you have?.
not much. Which of course means I keep finding other things to do! Like learning
how to write computer games, I'd love to make a "realistic" feeling BDSM themed
adventure or dating sim roleplaying game some day. Or landscape photography- having
moved to a very pretty part of the country I've been out and about photographing
sunrises, sunsets, snow in the mountains and star-scapes.
writing books, which I really want to get into more. I want to turn our old Lexicon
of Bondage Positions into a proper eBook, maybe even into a big coffee-table glossy
book eventually. And I want to run more tutorials, and write books to help people
get into bondage photography and film-making.
advice do you give to people and relationships that want to practice bondage for
the first time?.
1) Be honest with your partner, say the sort of thing you want to do, ask if they
would be interested. Try to find elements of your fantasies that might work well
with elements of theirs and build the story together so it excites both of you.
Find out a bit about it before you do it. Read a book (Chanta Rose's Bondage For
Sex is great if you can find a copy) or watch a few how-tutorials. Read up some
basic bondage safety (eg our starter page: http://www.restrainedelegance.com/bondagesafety.php
Start small. Remember the biggest danger in bondage is falling over, so start
with something like a simple hogtie on a bed or a chairtie. At least for the first
few times, you need to talk to each other as you do it and make sure everything
is OK- work your way up to complex rope ties or roleplays gradually, don't jump
in and try to do everything all at once.
Don't do suspensions until you really know the ropes. In fact, go to a rope class
before you even think about dangling someone in the air. Don't tie anyone around
the neck in a way which the bondage could possibly tighten - which when you're
starting means just don't tie around the neck in any way at all.
Don't assume that just because you've seen it done online that you can tie it
safely, or your sub can hold the position safely. Every human body is different-
you need to work out what is safe and good and fun and comfortable for YOU. Don't
be critical of your partner if they can't get their elbows together behind their
backs (not very many people can) but also don't be critical of your dom if they
can't hold it together for the whole scene or need to back it down or stop it.
You should both have safewords and use them sooner rather than later, especially
while you are inexperienced. Get comfortable with how to make minor adjustments
to scenes without it turning into a big drama, if you can - we still struggle
with this ourselves despite 17+ years of professional BDSM and a decade as a couple.
But the more comfortable you can get with slipping in and out of a play scene
to fine tune it, the better your experiences will become.
Remember it is a game played for fun between consenting willing partners. Don't
take it too seriously, however intense the scene. Don't get so into it that you
lose your senses and forget to consider your safety or that of your partner. No
silly little bondage game is worth risking injury.
With all that said, remember that bondage and BDSM can be and is done safely and
enjoyably by millions and millions of people the whole world over- and you can
be one of them! Just be half-way sensible and you'll be absolutely fine, and you
will have the time of your life! So go for it and enjoy it!.