Sex Toy Still Lifes
I love creating beautiful images, but more-so, I love creating beautiful images of sex toys, kink gear, and safer sex tools that may change a person’s perception of them. Much of the sex toy industry is marketed in a way that’s distancing or intimidating for many people, and I often find myself in that group. Instead, I find comfort in images captured by people who use sex toys and document them just like any other part of their life.
I enjoy visuals that are bright and playful, tangible and welcoming, like those of Smitten Kitten and Spectrum Boutique. These are some of the aspects that drive me to produce the images that I do, wishing to see sex objects incorporated into our aesthetic experience alongside art, architecture, fashion, and design. Hence, sex toy still lifes.
Sex toy still lifes embrace the beautiful normality of sexuality and sex toys through documentation of daily life and compositions that frame sex toys as commonplace. Basically, they’re photos of sex toys in their natural environment: wherever you take them, use them, leave them, store them, display them. Many sex toy advertisement feature people, which prescribes a look or identity to who would use them, but still lifes intentionally lack people and instead propose that nearly anyone could witness or enter that space.
As a sex blogger, I see these still lifes everyday on my Twitter and Instagram feeds. However, they are seen more and more by larger audiences, from Vogue (Karley Sciortino packing up a purple Vixen Leo) to Ai Weiwei (replicating the Pure Wand, Boosty plug, and anal beads out of stone). While a jade Pure Wand in a glass case is not particularly relatable, these representations show a trend of visibility in common forms of media. Sex toy still lifes contribute to this, revealing the mundane by documenting the objects of our lives: morning tea, that good candle, your favorite sunglasses, a new harness.
So here are some I’ve created, most of which I post to Instagram under the hashtag #SexToyStillLife. Follow me to see more, and use the hashtag to share your own. The more coffee and packers, Poky and vibrators, and sex toy spice racks in this world, the better!
What’s that toy? (top to bottom, left to right):
1. Ursa Clear Glass Dildo
2. Tantus Plunge Paddle, Crystal Delights Aurora Borealis plug
3. L’amourose Rosa
4. KinkyVegan cuffs
5. Tantus Panty Play
6. Godemiche Adam
7. Sutil water-base lube, We-Vibe Tango, NYTC Carter
8. Plunge paddle, Magic Wand Rechargeable, Sutil water-base lube, Sliquid Sea,
NYTC Shilo, Tantus Pack ‘n Play No. 1, Tantus Sport, Lelo Mona 2, We-Vibe Tango
9. Iroha Minamo