Very much still a ‘work in progress’, I’m slowly assembling a staff that will ease the burden of producing Issue 3, and also give their own spin on SL naturism, so everything doesn’t come from a single person’s perspective.
First up is me, of course, Ella Keng. What do you need to know about me? I’m a British mother of two, I’m in my 30s, and I’ve been a RL naturist since I was 18. We continue to have naturist holidays today, aren’t members of any RL club, and mostly holiday in Croatia, France and, primarily, Spain. I joined SL because I erroneously imagined it was a graphical depiction of RL interests, and that I’d meet inworld SL naturists who were also RL naturists. We know that isn’t the case, but I was hooked on the game and have been playing now for about three and a half years. I previously wrote, on SL naturist issues, for a blog called 2EX, which led to me getting this gig. That’s me on the right in the pic (above), chatting with Evelyn, who you’ll meet elsewhere in Issue 2, about her SL naturism. We’re in the pool at the Summer Dreams sim, as I recall, in this pic.
Somewhere en route (if you’ll excuse my French 🙂 ) I’ve picked up an excellent writer in the shape of Parisienne Areola Mamelon (above, photographed alongside SL Naturist photographer Harry Leistone while researching a piece for the mag) Areola’s work gets its first public airing inside Issue 2, but here’s her own pen-portrait.
‘As a family, we enjoyed naturist holidays when I was a child, mesmerised by the beaches, sea and warm sunshine far away from my Parisian home. In adolescence, I rejected it, being self-conscious about my developing body. In adulthood I have come to re-embrace the feeling of sun and warm air on my skin. All of my naturist experiences are within the boundaries of France.’
And that brings us nicely to the third and (so far) final member of the staff, photographer Harry Leistone. I met Harry via the ‘2ex’ blog, where he did some photography for that, and he’s responsible for many of the more ‘artsy’ kind of photographs through the magazine. A Kiwi who now lives in London, in RL, and whose naturist activities have been more geared towards ‘skinny dipping rather than organised naturism. I don’t know if I’m a naturist or not. If I vacation where it’s a textile beach, I’m happy enough keeping my swimming shorts on, but if there’s a naturist beach there, I’ll happily use it. I don’t go out of my way to be a naturist, but it’s a lifestyle I enjoy when I do get the opportunity’. Harry freely admits he doesn’t really approach naturists in the confines of SL to ask for photographs as ‘guys seem to think I’m gay, and women seem to think I’m hitting on them, so I do tend to concentrate on trying to capture more of the vibe of a place when I’m taking SL photos, rather than on people. I’ve been taking SL photos since the first week of my second life, and I just like to explore stunning locations and marvel at the skills of some of the builders’.