Apres Sarah Aubel

During my internet surfing, which includes naturist and photography sites, I stumbled on Sarah Aubel’s site, and her photo essay ‘Children of Eden’. As Sarah says, they’re the ‘new face of naturism’, a lifestyle often associated (certainly in a ‘club’ sense) with people in their 50s, 60s and beyond.

Sarah’s essay certainly shows there’s new blood, younger people, coming into naturism and the future bodes well for the lifestyle, even if it maybe isn’t looking so rosy for organised clubs.

I think, today, people don’t think ‘we’ll join a nudist club’. They’re more inclined to think ‘I’ll swim naked because the law here permits it’ or even ‘We’ve done all the ski-ing/scuba diving/mountain biking type holidays, let’s try a naturist holiday’. And without prior experience, off they go and ‘dive in’. They may not be people who are living a naturist lifestyle on a 24/7, 365 days a year basis. That holiday may be their only experience of it -ever!

But it’s positive in that people accept their bodies, acknowledge that nudity doesn’t necessarily equate with sexual activity and that we’re all unique and beautiful.

With that in mind, I decided to replicate Sarah’s essay for SL. I rounded up some friends, asked new people and met with a generally positive response as I always do when asking for models in SL.

I’ve also followed Sarah’s convention in providing an age (models were asked to provide an age, even if it was only what age they thought their avatar was intended to be) and their experience of naturism in years (again, the figure was either real or the ‘back story’ they’d adopted for their avi). I photographed all against a backdrop of ‘camping site’ (as in Sarah’s original essay) Oh, and I titled them in French! 🙂

Au cours de ma navigation sur Internet, qui comprend naturiste et des sites de photographie, je suis tombĂ© sur le site de Sarah Aubel, et «Children of Eden” son reportage photo. Comme Sarah dit, ils sont le «nouveau visage du naturisme», un mode de vie souvent associĂ©e (certainement dans le sens un «club») avec les gens dans leur 50s, 60s et au-delĂ .

Essai de Sarah montre certainement il ya du sang nouveau, les jeunes, entrĂ©e en naturisme et l’avenir est de bon augure pour le mode de vie, mĂȘme si elle est peut-ĂȘtre pas l’air si rose pour les clubs organisĂ©s.

Je pense que, aujourd’hui, les gens ne pense pas que «nous allons adhĂ©rer Ă  un club naturiste”. Ils sont plus enclins Ă  penser «je vais nager nu parce que la loi lui permet ici» ou mĂȘme «Nous avons fait tous les ski-ing/scuba plongĂ©e / montagne vacances de type VTT, nous allons essayer une de vacances naturistes. Et sans expĂ©rience prĂ©alable, ils s’en vont et «plongĂ©e dans ‘. Ils ne peuvent pas ĂȘtre des gens qui vivent un style de vie naturiste sur un 24/7, 365 jours une annĂ©e. Ce congĂ© peut ĂȘtre leur seule expĂ©rience de celui-ci-jamais!

Mais c’est positif en ce que les gens acceptent leur corps, de reconnaĂźtre que la nuditĂ© ne correspond pas nĂ©cessairement Ă  l’activitĂ© sexuelle et que nous sommes tous unique et magnifique.

Avec cela Ă  l’esprit, j’ai dĂ©cidĂ© de rĂ©pliquer essai de Sarah pour SL. J’ai rassemblĂ© quelques amis, a demandĂ© de nouvelles personnes et a rencontrĂ© un Ă©cho gĂ©nĂ©ralement positif que je le fais toujours lorsque vous demandez des modĂšles dans SL.

J’ai aussi suivi la convention de Sarah dans la fourniture de l’Ăąge (les modĂšles ont Ă©tĂ© invitĂ©s Ă  fournir un Ăąge, mĂȘme si ce n’Ă©tait que ce que l’Ăąge qu’ils pensaient que leur avatar a Ă©tĂ© conçu pour ĂȘtre) et de leur expĂ©rience du naturisme dans les annĂ©es (encore une fois, le chiffre Ă©tait soit rĂ©el ou «l’histoire de retour» qu’ils avaient adoptĂ©es pour leur avi). J’ai photographiĂ© le tout sur fond de «camping» (comme dans l’essai original de Sarah) Oh, et je les ai intitulĂ© en français! 🙂


Naturism in Costa Rica : A sea change in SL naturist opportunities?

I’ve always got a few articles on the go, and they exist in ‘draft’ form on the blog until I either publish or abandon them. This morning’s post about Dekade by Pookes reminded me of another post in draft form I’ve not got around to publishing, so I’ve dusted it off, re-written a bit and taken the opportunity to get it published now.

Over at the Costa Rica sim, a place I adore because it’s such a beautiful, detailed and densely wooded and wild place -no shopping malls here!- there’s a scuba diving and nude beach area.

Now, the Costa Rica sim can’t be described as ‘naturist’, but the existence of this small beach area, as with the Dekade skinny dipping area, acknowledges that, yes indeed, people do like the idea of swimming and sunbathing without costumes. The Costa Rica sim can certainly be described as ‘naturist friendly’ because of it.

This set my mind to wondering if Costa Rica, the RL version, was ‘naturist friendly’, and a quick google search reveals that it certainly is, with a naturist resort (Heredia) and some beaches (Playa Montezuma, which looks very like the SL version) available. Costa Rica isn’t somewhere I really expect to visit for naturist (or other) holidays in my lifetime, so you’ll have to excuse my ignorance and need to research it a bit. I also thought that, by ‘nude beach’, it might mean ‘topless beach’, as occasionally used when describing beaches in the Americas (and their SL equivalents), but no, it seems that bare bums are welcome here in a ‘dare as you bare’ clothing entirely optional sense.

Montezuma Beach, Costa Rica

Coupled to Pookes’ discovery of the Dekade skinny dipping beach, I’m wondering if a little bit of a sea change is coming in SL, with sim builders acknowledging the existence of and need for naturist facilities. Maybe. Maybe not. Time will tell.

A sign that hardly warrants the word ‘warning’ any longer. Just your ‘attention’.

One thing I do know is that it expands our, SL naturists’, horizons, and offers a broader choice of locations. And I’m a little excited by the fact that away from the well-established naturist sims in SL, people who aren’t necessarily embracing the lifestyle are acknowledging us and our lifestyle. Long may this continue.

Ella explores Costa Rica’s verdant coastal woodland.



Last post for this week

I think this is going to be the last post for this week, but you can never be sure with SL.

I hope I’m going to be a little bit busy, inworld for a change, searching out some nice office furniture for our new home (a place I’ve only obliquely referred to until now, but hope to give the full fanfare and works to next week).

If we’re going to have an inworld presence, then the office has to look…cluttered, lol, replicating my RL desk space. Scribbled notes, tea cups, pens, phones, as well as the computer and the usual office detritus are scattered in front of me, and I imagine the SL version will quickly replicate that.

Sure, I’ve got ‘other stuff’ going on at the desk, besides SLN, but the SLN stuff has its own little pile of printed emails, scribbled replies to be typed up, ideas, print outs to RL events that might be worth replicating in SLN…it’s all there!

As you can see from the photos, the removals delivery van was late, so Howie and I repaired to a beach cafe. As the bar man wasn’t around, Howie helped us to some fruit juice drinks (and yes, we used the honesty box! 🙂 )

I think Howie imagines he’s going to stick a desk in the corner of our offices and run his next SL publishing venture from there, but I don’t think I’d like him hanging around, holding me back. There’s just too many laughs going on for us to get any serious work done!

Still, we got to shoot the breeze in our lovely new inworld home, hang out on the beach and discuss a few ideas for SLN, which I could only scribble down on a bar napkin. Where are those removals men with my pens and notepad?







Skinny dipping area at Dekade


Have a sim. Dedicate a small area of it to skinny dipping. Stick in a few trees to hid yourself from ‘everyone else’, pop a swim ball in the water, a towel on the small boar deck, add a sailboat and hey presto!

That’s exactly what ‘Dekade’ have done.

Nothing fancy. Nothing elaborate.

It’s hardly even a ‘sim’, more a parcel, and a small parcel at that. Never mind that, because I guarantee this will remind you of those teenage years when someone shouted ‘hey, we could go skinny dipping’ and you all headed off to some creek that certainly didn’t have ‘naturist rights’, and you either stripped off completely (if you were with your girlfriends) or your undies (if in mixed company 🙂 ) for a furtive summer vacation splashabout!

I’ve pretended there’s boys lurking, so I’ve opted to only strip down to my undies…forgetting that a cooling bathe under a relentless summer sun has the tendency to make those undies a bit see through! Oops!

Maybe the boys have gone…so time for a bit of a sunbathe and at least partially dry off the undergarments. And if someone produces a camera, hide your face! 🙂

Often, these skinny dipping sessions would be tied into a trip to a friend’s house on the river, and the family would have a small boat, so some time would be spent messing around on that, maybe even using it as a diving platform.

And then those pesky boys would return, sending us scurrying into a reed bed to hide until they’d gone, or we got dressed.

Finally, there was the sensation of wriggling back into our jeans still wearing damp undies, before heading off home for tea.

I do remember coming home once with still wet hair and being quizzed by my mother about where I’d been, what I’d done. I finally, red-faced, confessed to having been skinny dipping (one of those times when we did get naked). A few more questions as to location followed. When I told her, she laughed, and told me it seemed to be a summer rite-of-passage in the village where we lived, and that she had done exactly the same thing in the late 50s. I, as a teenager, couldn’t bring to ask my mother at the time, but I broached the subject years later. Did she…you know!

‘Oh, we stripped off completely’, she hooted with laughter, ‘because we didn’t dare have our mums find us out wearing damp clothes. It was also a case of getting our hair tied up and not getting it wet, because that was a giveaway’. It’s hard to think of your mother as a skinny dipper. Still, just visiting this lovely little location brought all those memories flooding back, and I thought I’d share with you.