INCEPTION OF AN HISTORIC IDEA: Ms. Heart &
"I have a personal interest in photography: On the modeling
side actually. I like being depicted in ways that show my strength,
my body, my senuality, and my intellect as a strong-minded Woman
of Color. I have been working closely with a good friend of mine
(and Fetish Photographer) by the name of Andrew Morgan, professional
photographer. Together we have discussed this issue and come to
the conclusion that there are very few images anywhere to be seen
that depict Women of Color actively engaged in the BDSM scene.
"In September 2003 Mr. Morgan and I started a project and had
our first photo shoot, which we call the Bay Area Women of Color
BDSM Photo Project. Its goal is to produce high quality photographs
of Women of Color, which depicts women in interesting and artistic
ways. We would like there to be more images available in the community
that can be used to promote the concept of ethnic diversity, and
encourage more Women of Color to emerge. The women (plus one man
prop model) who have graciously modeled for us exemplify Ethnic
Diversity within the BDSM WOC community ranging from: Femme, Sub,
Domme, Daddy Dyke, Daddy Dyke Divas, Butch Dyke, Femme Dyke, Leather
Dyke, Lesbian, Pansexual, Bi-Sexual, Heterosexual and various body
The mission of the "Bay Area Women of Color BDSM Photo Project"
is to expand the aesthetic and cultural perception of the BDSM community
by promoting artistically tasteful photographic images of Women
of Color in BDSM.
We are bringing Women of Color together with photographers to facilitate
the creation of images that demonstrate our strength, beauty and
Woman of Color in the BDSM community are not coming forward for
a variety of reasons, but chief amongst these is the fact that the
images most commonly presented are of people unlike themselves.
If Women of Color could see other Women of Color participating and
playing, they would feel included and acknowledged. This is an essential
element in outreach for the BDSM community.
Images have the power to shape our consciousness. These images
will represent diversity within our community and demonstrate our
lifestyle in a positive and exciting manner.
By encouraging and facilitating the interest and participation
of photographers there will be a higher quantity of high quality
images of Women of Color represented in alternative media and art.