Fetish or just accidental images? We contacted Lotte Reimann, the artist behind this series called “Reflections – an unfinished collection”, and got her reflections:
“In the early 2000’ supposedly, people were posting “pornographic” photos of objects with their own naked reflections on the objects’ shiny surfaces. Those objects were meant to be sold on, e.g. ebay When I stumbled upon the photos, I was hooked.
Were there people out there practicing virtual exhibitionsm? Or did it happen accidentally?
Trying to find out more about this fetish I ran into void. There were no platforms or forums on this particular issue, no dating sites; nothing. Yet, there were lots of sites with small collections of reflectoporn imagery, supposedly “found” on other sites.
Usually, I treat my subjects with a lot of respect.
I like to get involved and to know what I am talking about. But this time it was hard to find an “entrance” to the world of reflectoporn, since I wasn’t even sure it really existed. I simply took it for what it is: a fetishism that has a Wikipedia entry but doesn’t seem to have any active practitioners.
Fair enough, I’m fond of the fact/fiction-game myself. Somehow the subject presented itself like the perfect project, people were using my own favorite methods of playing with fact and fiction; some bloggers or amateur photographers were pretending to have discovered a new fetish by posting “found” images on their blogs – and me believing them.
Finally, I went a step further and took some myself, putting them online, still in the hope of getting in touch with some real reflectoporn-fetishists. In vain…
The only reaction I got was an “your-ebay-account-is-suspended email” and I surrendered.”
Lotte Reimann is an German photographer. To see more of her work, click here.