Jan Blankestein / © 1998 Stichting Amsterdam Photo Art / Contact
Jan Blankestein, a self-taught man and a late developer. He started professional photography when he was 59.
In September 1995 he started with a project "Kinky Amsterdam". The result you can see in the photobook: "Kinky Amsterdam,
a voyage of erotic discovery".
I hoped to find extravagant people for a portret serie. I visited a few parties and observed the kinky subculture, which had originated in the gay, lesbian and SM scene, but was now (1995) joined by heteros with exhibitionistic needs. The first experience was a challenge. I saw a large collection of the strangest types, men and women who drift away for one night to the exciting sounds of house music.
A kinky party is a sanctuary where one can live out sexual desires and erotic fantasies. In this sense it's an 'experience'. Spending a whole night away from the so called 'serious life', returning to your own feelings, space for your fantasies, opening up a carefully-hidden desires. Letting go of problems, stress of work, our complicated way of life. Breaking through the boundaries of sex in public. 'Giving it your all' without worrying about what other people will think of you: Joy, reaching the highest state of consciousness. People play together. Fetish dresscode is a must.
Sex, eroticism, passion, lust, exhibitionism. All these words are related to kinky. The sfere of experience is created on a personal level by ideas about sexual tolerance in culture and society form the view on this subject. The media also influences sexual taboos
There are different levels of intimacy at kinky parties. Visitors to kinky parties open themselves up to more or less in- or exhibited forms of sexual lust. The mind is temporarily subjugated by the lust of the body. This is seen as a challenge. In this context, kinky is a meeting place for people who are looking for erotic adventure, and who strive for new forms of sexual desires. Tolerance is emphasized, intimacy is optional. The underground clubs have existed (1996) for a longer period of time and are usually visited by people who have set their limits. I would call these clubs 'the playgrounds of paradise'.
The photobook has more than 125 photos and explanatory text. The ISBN for the Dutch edition is: 9062489753 and for the edition in English: 18405301150
Photos and text: Jan Blankestein