Black and white fundoshi photography lends a certain degree of agelessness. It captures folds and shadows, and accentuates the difference between the snowy cloth and tanned skin. Whether vintage or contemporary, monochrome shots of fundoshi-clad bodies bare their subjects in a unique manner, transmitting raw essence and stripping away extra information. Race is blurred, and the simple poetry of shadows draws upon the male and female forces to amplify the eroticism and the play of light on the subject in an elevated way. Color film, snapshots, video -- these all catch the moment but often miss the atmosphere. Only polaroids, really, among the color formats, seem capable of teasing out the emotional heft of a moment. Let's all pledge to contribute some black-and-white (or polaroid!) pictures to Fundoshi 4 All in the coming months! Take advantage of the summer sun, of morning light, of those shadows your slatted blinds throw, or branches, or the ripples that light reflects off of the surface of water. Wrap up in your best fundoshi, grab a friend to take the shots, and enjoy the music of photography!
Many of these are simple, some are more elaborate and staged. There are no rules, really.