In Issue 33, we are exploring BOUND. A broad concept, BOUND refers to anything that ties us to something external or internal. Maybe our first thought would be to picture someone tied with rope, or in some form of bondage; but a broader interpretation might be to remember we can be home-bound, or snowbound, or bound to memories from the past. We can be bound to a partner, a crush, an idea  ... or a post. 

Taking it one step further, we can break free of our bindings, whatever they might be. Ultimately, whether we are the bound ones or the ones doing the binding, those ties reveal something. And our interactions with bindings, whatever they may be, expose a narrative.

For more than 30 years, BOUND has been a constant theme in my work: first, with drawings, and then with photography. We want to see how this concept shows up in your work, literally or figuratively. Maybe you are bound to an idea, a nuanced theme that influences everything you do.  Or maybe it is a driving force in your creative nature, showing up in  all sorts of ways in your work, boldly or subtly.

As gay men, we are intimately acquainted with the concept on many levels. At some point or other, through exploration of leather, or a Tuesday night love-making session, we have experienced that feeling of bindings, literally or emotionally … savagely or softly. This is about your interpretation.

In Paradise Lost, Milton wrote “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven...” How does your mind affect your ties? We want to know.

Randy Addison
Guest Editor for Issue No. 33 of MASCULAR Magazine

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Deadline for submissions is November 29, 2021.

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