DUPLESSIS CaptiveCulture / LatexCulture
de marzo de 2018
Duplessis es uno de los grandes nombres históricos del bondage francés.
Tuvo dos webs muy famosas de mucho éxito, CaptiveCulture y LatexCulture,
creadas en el año 2000, que tuvo que cerrar más de quince años
después por una grave enfermedad que tuvo Jerome.
fue uno de los pioneros del bondage en Francia, cuando antiguamente el bondage
era una aventura humana que iba más lejos de las cuerdas. Era incluso como
un mundo clandestino, y hay historias maravillosas de bondage profesional donde
nos podemos encontrar la pasión, el entusiasmo, la aventura, la emoción,
el trabajo muy bien hecho y la diversión.
Jerome hemos hablado de muchos detalles que os sorprenderán en esta genial
entrevista, y os ayudarán a conocer cómo era aquella época
en los años 2000 de los pioneros del bondage, hasta la transformación
actual del bondage.
how are you feeling? are you feeling any better?.
I often say, we all have our problems and when you speak with others people, you
can always find worse situations. In my case, I spent 4 weeks in a bed at the
hospital on February 2017 and got an heavy surgery for a cancer which was probably
inside me since a while. It has been difficult, even more for my wife who had
to help me after I went back at home. I used my office as medical bedroom and
had to fight to walk again … you are not prepared to live like an old man when
you are 45 years old. One year later, I'm alive and happy to be there for my love
but everything is different. Some activities are simply impossible because of
the colostomy and my daily routine isn't very cool. I am frustrated but there
is no other option. Anyway, sorry for being boring ! Next question.
has been created CaptiveCulture on 2000, and I liked your website. Why do you
close your website in 2016?.
were two reasons I had to close my websites; First, the money income wasn't covering
the fees anymore, mainly hosting and taxes because I stopped to pay myself since
a long time. Second, I closed my company before to generate any debt and didn't
want to continue any commercial activity without a legal business. It would have
been too risky for me : I didn't want to lose my social welfare because I knew
my health state would cost a lot of money.
was "Captive Culture" for you? And what was "Latex Culture" for you? It's emotion?
Amazing? Passion? Glamour?.
For me, the whole story is a human adventure, Everything started because I was
running a personal page on the internet since 1996. It was the early years of
the worldwide web but there were a lot of people visiting my website to watch
only few pictures every week. I was working in the DTP industry and it was my
hobby. I managed this page like you play to a city builder but, one day, I decided
to do my own pictures. You have to understand there was only few photographers
at this period and not a lot pics available. Most of the time, people like me
were browsing the newsgroups to find something new. Fetish photography was underground
but I knew this would change.
/ Courtesy : Jerome Duplessis
Culture was launched on September, year 2000. I posted several photo series for
free thinking I could pay the production fees with banner ads. It didn't work.
Then, few months later, the members area have been created and updated every week
for more than 15 years. In the beginning, Captive Culture was dedicated to my
own exploration of the BDSM universe … I was crazy about bondage and latex clothes
but, after a while, I noticed some people wanted more fetish without any restraint.
That's why I decided to open Latex Culture which was proposing a different content
with its own exclusive photo series and movies.
for me, all this is a mix of passion and experience. I worked hard for years and
experienced a lot of situations. Too many for an interview … I could write a book
but my english isn't good enough.
the best part of this job?
I stopped to shoot since several years now, it's easy to answer. Today, I miss
the unique atmosphere of those afternoons taking pictures and binding girls.
am not only talking about the kinky side. When you work with a model, you start
to share a lot of things. My best memories are often associated to laugh. I know
everything is easier when you bring some fun to a photo session, before to start
or between two scenes. And sometimes, it's easy to forget you're working, just
because everything is natural. That's what I liked. Do you remember the term "human
adventure" … that's all about emotion. When you shoot and bind a woman, she's
facing to different feelings. You are there to catch and manage it. If you don't
get any good emotion, there is no pleasure for me, she and you.
By the way, all your latex, your tight catsuit, high heel shoes, strict corset,
etc Where do you have all those clothes?
In the very beginning of Captive Culture, I had a deal with Demonia which is still
the biggest french shop related to the BDSM universe. Because I was bringing a
lot of web traffic to their website, I was authorized to borrow several clothes
or items every week-end. I had nothing to pay and everything was returned right
on time after use. It was cool but their stuff was looking cheap and oversized.
So, I quickly started to buy my own clothes. At this period, there was nothing
good in my country. Then, I went to London and brought my first latex items. At
this time, House of Harlot didn't have a shop, just a showroom. I went there like
I was used to do in my previous job, talking about recurring orders and discount
Captive Culture was generating enough money to buy all these clothes. I have never
been here to take the money of my members for nothing. Each dollar generated was
used for the production : model, photo stuff, model, hosting fees, clothes. All
this latex has been one of the biggest expenses. That's why I made a deal with
House of Harlot on 2001 and did the same with Libidex and Breathless three years
later. I didn't want to trade because freedom was essential to my eyes. They kindly
offered me a 25% discount which was useful to buy more clothes.
I had to sell some of those items to pay the bills and taxes before to close my
websites but I still have a nice collection of fetish clothes. That's also why
many models loved to visit my house and shoot with me. They didn't have to bring
their suitcase ! It was better for them and me. After a try, we were able to choose
the best outfit for each girl and, last but not least, they were enjoying to be
dressed and shot with those latex clothes.
/ Courtesy : Jerome Duplessis
you remember of your first bondage model? Were you nervous?.
I remember. She never modeled before and I never tied a girl before. Of course,
I was nervous. I wasn't sure about being able to do nice pictures and I remember
that first day has been crazy. I had to rent light units, drive to the shooting
location, install everything, welcome and shoot the girl before to go back to
the store before 6PM. That was a lot of stress but I like to be challenged.
name was Julie. She has been one of those girls I shot one-time only. Few weeks
later, I got the chance to meet Greta who is the one in my mind. She became the
first face of Captive Culture and we did many sessions for several months. Some
ladies brought something different to my website, Greta helped me to discover
lot of things.
are one of the pioneers in France, if we speak of bondage. How did you get into
all have some memories from our childhood and that's difficult to explain why.
I started to dig into the BDSM universe while I was a teenager. Don't ask me how,
but I was used to buy a french magazine dedicated to sadomasochism. In France,
we had a virtual chat network before the internet, it helped me to talk about
it with others people first. I tried to explore this way with the girl I loved
when I was 20 years old but without any success. I have been less kinky while
I started to work but with the rise of internet, I discovered a lot of beautiful
pictures. My favorites are still the work of Corty Thompson and Jim Weathers.
When I started Captive Culture, I was expecting to do something cool and nice
like their production.
Tell us about the bondage culture in France. What is your opinion?
I am 45 years old, I am able to speak about the evolution. Before 2004, bondage
was underground and it was difficult to find models for shooting. Most of the
girls I tied have never been bound before. At this period, I had to explain what
"glamour bondage" was and how it could be playful. They had a bad opinion about
BDSM and were nervous about living the situation. That's why I was more talking
like a producer than a photographer. It was all about psychology. I had to say
there was nothing sexual or disrespectful behavior and she could trust me. I was
used to pay my models and protect our rights with a contract; Some of them were
modeling for amateur photographers : lingerie or topless, nothing more. On a social
aspect, the difficulty was related to the nature of french education : for example,
one girl born in the 70's got a low exposure to the porn culture which was outside
the family circle. Ladies born in the 80's were more open-minded because there
was a lot of nudity on TV screens. Then came internet which brought a massive
change in France. That's why, in the early years of Captive Culture, I met only
few girls who were really kinky : Greta was the exception, she was a gothic girl
born in 1982 and, yes I had to wait her 18th birthday to shoot her.
2004, I started to meet more girls attracted by the fetish universe. Bondage was
still something new for those women but they were curious about it. No need to
say movies like Underworld and Matrix popularized the shiny outfits … like Marilyn
Manson who also sensibilized a lot of teenagers and young adults to soft bondage
after the wedding with Dita. At this period, I was able to find more and more
models for fetish and bondage sessions. Of course, I was a little bit known on
the local scene and my models were the best advertisement I could expect. When
you're a girl looking for a photographer, there is nothing better to ask an advice
to another lady. If the feedback is positive, you begin to trust him.
Does culture move forward or backward?
the years, I saw the evolution of the internet. After a long time watching glamour
bondage, the audience asked for more. Beside the porn content made by the Kink
empire, I noticed and was an actor of the rise of japanese bondage. On year 2008,
I provided one picture to Wikipedia which is still used a reference for different
articles. One year later, I created "the shibari school" to organize friendly
meetings where some people were invited for free. I was doing one performance
before to let others playing under the spotlights. At this period in France, it
wasn't easy to get advices from riggers. We were only few people sharing their
passion and I welcomed some french artists who are still teaching today. I wasn't
interested by the quest of ego which is a poison for the bondage scene. I know
what I did and brought to the community through all these years. One day, I stopped
to create or join any event because I had the feeling my mission was over : a
lot of people were attracted by japanese bondage and I didn't have the time anymore.
My wife became the priority of another adventure started on 2011. Today, I think
quantity doesn't mean quality. For me, the evolution is negative because many
people follow the move without understanding what bondage is really is.
/ Courtesy : Jerome Duplessis
there many changes in the Bondage Community since your first day? Are these for
good or for bad? What is the more important?.
As a pioneer, I liked when bondage was underground. Everything changed after "Fifty
Shades of Grey" and I prefer to stay outside. I know there are many riggers trying
to do a business with ropes in France, like in many others countries. I don't
like the idea of workshop. I did it two seasons for "l'école des cordes" when
it was located in a BDSM club called "cris et chuchotements" … that's the most
boring experience of my rigger's life, mainly because I wasn't free to do how
it should be. No teaching and No money. If you want my opinion about bondage culture,
paying to learn the art of ropes is a wrong idea. You don't need a workshop for
this, even more when the essential isn't teached. Japanese bondage isn't a martial
art … bondage is beautiful but you cannot disconnect it from the kinky side, our
sexual nature and needs. Nowadays, I mainly see marketing and business technics.
That's a shame because there are some beautiful ties daily posted on instagram.
Not to share a passion. Just to get more likes … and potential customers !
we say "student" in this lovely world full of complicated words. In my eyes, ropes
are still something simple and playful and that's what it should be.
many people worked at Captive Culture? Or are you alone?.
the beginning, I decided to work alone. As a manager editing books for french
embassies or big companies, I was able to manage all the tasks required : image
editing, design, marketing, back-office. Of course, I discovered how to manage
the production planning and how to work with models too. In my previous jobs,
I have always been able to evolve and learn by myself. That's what I did with
photography, video editing and ropes. It was a lot of work but I liked it. Captive
Culture was a full-time job, 7 days a week with 6 days dedicated to the post-production
and 1 day for shooting. For the photo session, I was used to ask a friend to assist
me, he was giving an extra hand and was able to take some pictures when I was
busy with my ropes. Sometimes, I invited some fans to share my experience about
my work. When I started to do a weekly session, I was also used to pay one of
my models to assist the girls. I got several assistants, mainly Dana and Anaïs.
They were there to makeup and dress the girls. It was really useful to create
a cool atmosphere with new models because there was always another woman in the
room. Of course, I did many sessions alone for different reasons : it was more
intimate but less productive. In the last years, that's how I worked most of all
the time. I had to produce less content for my websites and my philosophy changed.
I stopped thinking like a producer … this experience as photographer and rigger
increased my artistic side. For years, I have been a story-teller. I think something
happened in 2008. My work became focused on my wish to catch the truth and emotion
instead of creating an artificial scene. As I said, Captive Culture was a human
adventure and it changed me … but that would be too long to explain !
are many mythical models that have worked for your. How many models have you worked
in all these years with you?
In the beginning, the number of models is important but, after a while, you stop
to count. I would say approximately 50. That's a lot but like for the girls I
tied without using a camera, I still have the same in mind. When you shoot some
girls weekly for one, two or three years, your memories about them are stronger.
I think that's the same for my viewers : they should have the feeling Captive
Culture was focused on those models I shot several times. That's not totally wrong.
In my head, I had my favorites and some others girls were coming as special guest
in their story. I always tried to show more than a body. I wanted to make my model
lovable by the fans. If I was there to help the girl to explore her own fantasies,
my members were like the witnesses. I'm happy to know some fans still have a crush
for Mina, Anaïs, Dana … ten years later or even more ! Just because they know
some of my models shared something priceless with us. Many of these girls discovered
all the things we love : bondage, domination, spanking, suspension, rubber restraint,
forced orgasm and even more. I know which girl kissed another woman for the first
time and I was there to make it real for she. I got the luck to capture so many
memories for those ladies who accepted to play the game. They didn't expose their
body only … modeling is addictive but not so easy.
/ Courtesy : Jerome Duplessis
us a funny anecdote during one of your bondage sessions.
hard to choose. I have several anecdotes in mind. I could talk about the day I
bound a 20 years old lady on my bed while her mother was watching us. She was
working for a fetish magazine and asked me to shoot her daughter … after the latex
stuff, I catched her in my ropes.
was a very cool atmosphere but there nothing more to say about his unique experience.
So let's share the following one : at this period, I wanted to bring some new
games in my universe.After five years shooting glamour bondage, I was expecting
to use a magic wand vibrator with the girls who were curious about it. That day,
Anaïs was bound on the floor after she got spanked on video. I asked her if she
wanted to try that evil toy. She agreed and I started to vibe her nicely. After
only 15 seconds, she got her first orgasm in front of the lens. She asked me to
stop the vibrator and started to laugh. She said "I'm so sorry" hiding her face
with her long and beautiful hair. She has been so surprised to experience an orgasm,
so quickly, with a man who wasn't a boyfriend and, last but not least, catched
I liked her attitude which was so natural. We managed the situation with care.
She told me the vibrator was very efficient and she should buy one and, after
one minute, we continued the scene. That's, for me, what Captive Culture really
was. An exploration of those situations you can see everywhere on the internet
but with girls who never lived it before. Of course, the result was always interesting
!. For the little story, my framing was focused on the face of Anaïs because that's
I wanted to show. As I explained to my model after she has been untied, this moment
was priceless, pretty intimate and that's why I never published this scene. She
had no reason to feel uncomfortable about the situation. I totally understood
her bashfulness but she quickly managed this emotion. And, yes, we used the vibrator
many times later for several photo and video sessions with Anaïs and some others
girls. She even convinced several models to try the magic wand !
is your opinion about piratery digital? What do you think about this problem?
It's a plague. It killed many websites including mine. As I was used to write
on my blog, people not paying music or movies will never understand than a membership
is the only way to support a producer or photographer. People want everything
for free but the problem is solved. The adult industry is almost dead and you
couldn't do Captive Culture anymore. Why ? Because the good-old time is over.
End of an era. When I started, there were no rules, only few websites. We didn't
have to fight with credit card companies and their censorship. We were able to
use the word "breathplay" or "forced orgasm" without being banned. I started my
website right on time, I worked hard but I have been lucky too. Nowadays, you
have to post your pics for free on social networks and try to sell prints, workshops
or get some support on Patreon or similar tools. Piracy started to kill the adult
industry but social networks finished it. The truth is Facebook, Tumblr or Imgur
encourage the piracy acts. That's strange but there are ton of blogs or pages
which are never deleted but when your own account is censored all the time. Before,
password sharing and complete siterip were the enemies. Now, the plague is all
the people reposting pictures without any credit, creating a massive collection
of pics and removing all the watermarks. That's simply a lack of respect. When
you are unable to create something, you steal the work of someone else. That's
sad because all this will discourage many creators. Anyway, that's a society problem
: most of people don,'t think properly, they are just acting selfish and don't
care about the consequences.
What do you do now?. What's your job?
I closed my company, started to find a new job and got my cancer. Since last year,
I spend my days at home expecting my body won't be a source of pain for few hours.
My health state doesn't allow me to work, unfortunately. That's why I decided
to come back on social networks and my blog to share my archives for free. That's
a hobby which gives me the opportunity to wash my brain and escape from my problems.
/ Courtesy : Jerome Duplessis
us about yourself. What are you like (extroverted, funny, nervous, shy, etc)?
I'm a simple man with high expectations. I am never satisfied or happy about what
I do or live. My brain is always on like a chess player. I'm pragmatic and strongly
believe in some valors : work and loyalty are essential to me. My mind is dark
but I like to make laugh others people using different ways. I am anxious by nature
and try to control everything, including myself. That's not easy to know what
I feel or think. If you have a problem or question, talk to me and I will always
help or answer. Communication is important for me. Sharing too. I am what you
are with me : if you nice, I am cool. But if you play bad, I can be an asshole.
If you are interested about psychology, my profile is probably ISTJ.
are your three greatest strengths? And your three greatest weaknesses?.
intelligence and obstinacy are my strong points.
anxiety and impulsiveness are my weak points.
What is your greatest wish? What's your wish-list for the future?
I just wish to stay alive and protect my wife. Nothing more. I know there will
have bad days within the future because of my health state but I take each day
one by one. I got a nice and unique life, I had dreams but everything is impossible
now. There are things you are unable to control or change. A time machine would
be helpful but we are not in a sci-fi movie. Honestly, I would just like take
a vacation from my problems and bring back the best of me.
you on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram?.What is your opinion about social networks?
can find me on Facebook and
Twitter searching @captiveculture
. I am also @ilovefrenchgirls on Instagram
. I started using social networks in 2007 to promote my work and, now, that's
a way to keep connected with the people who appreciate my photography. But I have
never been addicted to these tools mainly because I prefer to talk or meet people.
Virtual life is cool. Real one is better.
Where is your pictures and movies now?
slowly bring back my best productions through my blog at www.ilovefrenchgirls.com
using a free hosting service where you can can download my zip archives.
advice do you give to people and relationships that want to practice bondage for
the first time?.
Be yourself. Don't play a role. Be respectful. Take your time. Be playful. Enjoy
every moment. That's what I recommend. Bondage is something unique. You have to
think about everything and find the right way to do it. Follow your way with the
right partner and take care about details. Bondage has never been so popular.
Everything is easier nowadays. I did it alone, with no experience and contacts.
You just need to feel the passion inside you.