Photographer of the Week: Atratus

Michael R. Barrick, who is also known as Atratus, is interested in the relationship between nightlife and the visual arts. He has spent his career documenting the creativity of what he calls the ‘dark’ subcultures of Vancouver, notably the fetish club Sin City, where he runs a regular ‘photo booth’ for patrons to have souvenir shots taken.

Sin City "Fête Corsette", March 10, 2010

Now, if you have a clientele of people who are kinky enough to go out to a fetish party, there’s a reasonable chance that among their number there will be a few naughty girls.

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But there’s often a problem. And it’s not just that there isn’t always anywhere suitable to sit down – which is as useful for one of the participants in a spanking as it is unnecessary for the other afterwards.

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Nor is it usually anything to do with inhibition on the part of the girls:

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You can always work around the lack of suitable seating arrangements…

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… and some clients seem not to want to use them even when they’re there and fit for purpose:

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The real problem is that a proper OTK spanking pose is a lot more time-consuming to set up: it’s always going to be simpler for the girl to lean forward and her partner to raise a hand as if to smack her – and when you’re shooting souvenir photos for nightclub patrons, you want to get them through as quickly as possible. So in these circumstances there’s bound to be an incentive bias in favor of smacking: you’ll only get a spanking if that is specifically what the client wants.

But with a clientele of people who are kinky enough… that is exactly what some of them want!

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For all that, not everyone poses very effectively. Some girls commit the cardinal error of keeping one or more feet firmly on the ground.

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Others assume an ungainly position that doesn’t quite commit to being fully across the man’s knee:

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After all, the point of OTK as a spanking position is that the naughty girl can’t get away even if she wants to…

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This one isn’t even allowed to voice any second thoughts she may be having.

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But anything inept in the posing is not the photographer’s fault: he just shoots what’s there. But when a spanking pose is done properly, what he achieves in collaboration with the clients is of quite another order…

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A little more exposure is always enjoyable:

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Or more even than that?

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But best of all is a spanking where the bad girl wasn’t expecting to get it on her panties. You just can’t beat a raised skirt!

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If you are interested in Atratus’ work, please visit his online portfolio. You can also see some more bottom-smacking captured by his camera here and here.

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