Alt Photographer Joseph Michael

Joseph Michael, who goes by the moniker Carbon Decay, based in New York, NY, describes himself as a fine arts and fetish photographer.

In recent years fetish photography has come to be considered fine art. Although fetish photography and media has a wide range of fetishes to explore, some of them extreme (such as urination and bondage), the more mainstream photographers and models concentrate principally on “fetish fashion”, a term that describes very provocative clothing such as that made from latex.

Browsing through fetish publications, it’s apparent that tattoos are ubiquitous. Are tattoos a fetish in themselves? Recent studies indicate that over 40% of our generation’s youth are tattooed. If that is so, then one might ask if a tattoo can properly be considered a fetish. There is a noticeable correlation between pin-up modeling, photography and tattoos these days. In fact, tattoos depicting Betty Page, one of the most notable fetish models of the art’s early years, have become as common as the lower-back butterfly emblem.

As fetish imagery becomes more main-stream, fetish photographers like Joseph Michael are finding themselves in high demand. At the age of 26, he’s already been published in high-profile alt publications such as auxiliary magazine, a popular print and online magazine on alternative fashion and lifestyle. This October, his work featured on the cover of Twisted Vixens Photo Art Book.

Twisted Vixens is a collection of photographs, illustrations and digital paintings by various artists from all over the world. Featuring busty girls, blood-drenched wenches and beautiful ladies of death

Sounds like fun.

Carbon Decay has an official website


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About Danny

Daniel Michel is the owner and founder of NY Body Art. New York born and bred, and originally from Spring Valley, he has lived for years at a time in every borough in the City and has no plans to move anywhere else. As a tattooed tattoo enthusiast, he founded NY Body Art in January of 2011 as a resource focusing on his two greatest loves.

2 Responses to Alt Photographer Joseph Michael

  1. Igor G. says:

    Very interesting. I find the second photo from the top the most tantalizing.

  2. Danny says:

    Thank you. The model featured in the second photo is Genna Bee. We’ll be interviewing her soon.