Although bondage generally leaves me cold, I have tried one of the ploys of the author of S.B. (Supplement 15) and that is of dressing in a latex suit, covering it with ordinary clothes and then walking in public. I have found it rather exciting to know that if I get hot and sweaty or the sleeves of the suit suddenly appear in view, there is nothing I can do about it until I am home again.

I first tried this out for a photographic session for, as your readers will know, my particular interest is photographing professional models and friends who are prepared to pose before my camera arrayed in various items of rubber clothing. Not only is it thrilling to see the girl dressed, but afterwards there are the photographs to remind me of how she had appeared. (See A24, p.16).

A picture from Atomage A5 Edition 24 Page 16.

At one stage I thought how much more exciting it would be for me to be dressed in mackintosh and boots, whilst I pressed my shutter-release, still projecting, I suppose, the ideal of an outdoor situation in wet weather. Of course, for me to be so dressed indoors, I reasoned, would have the poor model screaming for help or running away or both. However, I had an appointment with one model on a day dominated by showers, so, in addition to the gear for her to wear, I carried my own SBR coat. I was very glad I had done so, for just before I reached her house, a shower started and I slid my into my waterproof gratefully. Upon arrival, she hung up the wet garment and we started ‘shooting’. After a while, greatly daring, I suggested I put on my SBR and use the self-timer to appear in the picture with her. To my surprise she acquiesced, and the resulting photographs seemed to be much be better than those I had taken wearing ‘ordinary’ clothing. So I was back to the original problem – if I dressed in rubber to take my photographs, might it not scare the models away – and a logical extension of this might imply that a photographer of nudes should himself strip off, so I could see how ridiculous that theory was. Nevertheless, it gave, and still gives, me a thrill to dress in rubber.

So, since most subsequent appointments with models seemed to occur on fine days, I hit on the idea of wearing a latex suit as basic clothing and concealing it with a covering of ‘normal’ polo necked jumper and trousers. The first time I tried it, I was visiting a model some 40 miles away. As I sat on the train I wondered what my fellow-passengers would think had they known that I was wearing rubber beneath my supposedly acceptable exterior. That was fine except that then I was wearing a two-piece suit which was not quite long enough, so whenever I bent forward the top and bottom halves parted company.

Next time, with another model, I wore a concealed one-piece black latex suit so as to avoid the parting in the middle. When I arrived, she had turned the heating up in her room, so that she did not find the rubberwear too chilly when she put it on. The result was that before long I was sweating copiously. She noticed this and invited me to remove my sweater. I replied that she might not approve of what I was wearing underneath, but she more or less said “Try me”, so I revealed all, (well, the latex suit anyway) and she didn’t scream, so I assumed that perhaps models were not as sensitive as I had thought.

However, please don’t think that I confined my wearing of latex beneath normal clothes to the occasions when photographing models. It is a practice I can commend to you when doing the Christmas shopping, for this can be a chilly pastime, and a latex suit can be a good insulator. One word of warning though: friction between cloth and latex will remove the shine from the latex at points like the knees and the elbows, and the copper content of coins kept in a pocket will discolour any rubber garment except black ones.

– A.S. (Surrey)