WHAT WE SEE: Woman bound by rope.
WHAT WE KNOW: In these photos by Nobuyoshi Araki, Lady Gaga is bound by rope in a practice called “shibari”. In English, the term roughly translates to “decoratively tie.” Practitioners of shibari art create patterns through the rope to accentuate the body’s curves. When applied to BDSM play, the rope can offer users feelings of entrapment or comfort. Araki, a notable figure in the photography world, is known for the sensual nature of his work.