I love words, but Bambi is erotic minimalism. It’s a short story anthology told only in pictures. It’s what a magazine looks like when you remove all the clutter and keep only the good bits. And how many magazines can claim to do that? But that’s not to say that the visuals themselves are minimalist. They’re delivered cleanly, without distraction, without explanation, but as for the depth of their own stories – the detail speaks loudly indeed. Take the cover story from the just-published issue XVII. Yves Kortum takes the familiar concept of bondage lingerie and babes – the latter obviously clad in the former – and then proceeds to blow the whole thing out of the water. Who has the idea of using birds of prey as props, let alone access to a casual array of falcons, owls and vultures in order to make the vision a reality? Apparently, Kortum does. Click the thumbnails for full pictures: Some acts are simply and inexplicably amplified in appeal when a beautiful woman is the one undertaking them. Traditionally masculine acts, in particular: controlling the wheel of a speeding car in an adrenalin-fuelled chase. Packing any kind of weapon and knowing how to use it. Commanding a fierce bird of prey like a boss. It’s the contrast between the action and the actor that does it, and thus the more feminine, the more sensual the woman, the greater the impact. Between Galina Dehner’s tough-love styling, Vincent Moutault’s softly sculptured hairstyles and Jamie Da Luz’s femme fatale smokey eyes, the women in Kortum’s shoot are the perfect balance of delicate and deadly. Give them a leather gauntlet and a razor-beaked companion and they’re elevated to a whole other level again. Now, at this point I should disclaim: I’m not suggesting a long-taloned Turkey Vulture is the wiser purchase than, say, a strappy Bordelle leather harness. But none the less, these elegant aerial hunters will, at very least, be the most sublime accessories you’ll see today. Indulge in the full shoot at the gallery, and do head to bambimagazine.com to enjoy the whole of an impressive new issue.