Gaga tied up and shot

Lady Gaga shot by Nobuyoshi Araki for Vogue Hommes Japan

Famed Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Arakai recently photographed Lady Gaga for Vogue Hommes Japan.  A multitude of women have passed before the 70-year-old’s lens in various states of undress, bound in complex configurations of rope (known as ‘kinbaku’) and peppered with plastic reptiles symbolic of the artist’s alter-egos.  Araki’s work is undeniably erotic (and sometimes tender) and the power of his photographs lies in the sexually charged  interactions they imply.   But sensuality is sapped from his photographs of Gaga.

Lady Gaga shot by Nobuyoshi Araki for Vogue Hommes Japan

Araki is an auteur, his images are carefully staged and the sitter is presented according to the artist’s particular sensibility.  But Gaga has other ideas.  She’s consumed by her own celebrity and, disappointingly, it’s this sentiment that shines through.   Araki described the shoot as ‘intense’, with the pop star repeatedly asking to be tied up.  Despite this, the photographs are pedestrian.  Time for Gaga to pull out another meat dress

Gaga tied up and shot

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