Scenes from the Decade of Excess
It is 1984, the year of Ronald Reagan’s re-election and the Brighton bomb; revolution is in the air. Oliver Woolf is a thirty-something writer, whose comfortable routine is upset by a chance encounter in the rain. The girl in the rain is Candy, who is not what she first seems. Over the summer, Oliver and Candy form an unlikely friendship, and when she stops calling on him, he sets out to find her. His search draws him into a labyrinthine sexual underworld, where he meets someone who will change his life forever. A late-twentieth century Rake’s Progress, Oliver’s journey traverses the 1980s fetish and BDSM club scene and confronts issues that are still largely taboo. With photographs by Steve Diet Goedde, Tableaux combines art and storytelling in a new hybrid form.
‘Reading Tableaux was like revisiting old haunts, or places I would have liked to have haunted. It sparked visceral sense memories and made me nostalgic. And the ending …’ – Midori, sexual philosopher and social catalyst
Dominic Jay is a former arts journalist. His professional life gave him privileged access to people and places that are usually off limits, and some of the scenes in this, his first, novel are drawn from life. As he says, ‘all writers are voyeurs’.
Steve Diet Goedde’s first instinct was to become a filmmaker. Only slowly did his attention turn to photography. His first book, The Beauty of Fetish (1998), brought him critical acclaim and a loyal following, which he has enjoyed ever since.
- Dominic Jay
- Steve Diet Goedde
- P G Howlin’ Studio
21.5 × 13.5cm
8 ½ × 5 ¼ in
20 b&w illustrations
£19.95 | $29.95
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