Life After IML - January 2008

John and Ulli either side of one of Ulli's B&W prints

At one of Ulli's exhibitions in London at the Adonis Art Gallery, August 2005
Photo credit: Dave Harris

Happy New Year to everyone - I hope that 2008 is a happy and healthy one for you.

Let's start with some good news: on 20th December SM Gays in London donated over £1000 ($2000 USD) to the Spanner Trust. It was a fun night and many thanks go to the SM Gays committee as well as everyone who bought a raffle ticket or donated prizes.

One of my close friends is professional fetish photographer, Ulli Richter. Ulli was born in East Germany but was able to move to London after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He studied photography at the City of Westminster College and surprised his tutors with a final show consisting entirely of portraits of leather guys. We first met in 2002 and Ulli is one of the few people who's taken pictures of me before, during and after my year as an IML. (He has also taken photos of Jason Hendrix, IML 2004, which you can see here.) Ulli kindly agreed to be interviewed for this column:

Have fun, look after yourselves and the people you play with.

John Pendal
International Mr Leather 2003

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