After Helmut Newton (part 1)

Once again, not a wholly naturist post, but I decided that I’d like to try to emulate the feel of one of the great glamour/erotic/nude photographers of the 20th century, Helmut Newton.

I first became aware of his name when a student at art college, through a famous photograph of the English actress Charlotte Rampling.

Indeed, he (and possibly more so the lovely Miss Rampling 😉 ) were probably partly responsible for fuelling an interest in photography at the time.Charlotte Rampling by Helmut Newton

Photographed in the Hotel Nord Pinus, in Arles, in 1973, she doesn’t actually show ‘much’, but the photo contains a strong eroticism. More importantly, where the naked female in photographs is often a topic to be ‘consumed’, the strength of the photo comes in Rampling not appearing naked and vulnerable, but naked, strong and in control.

His best (to my mind, anyway) photos are in black and white, creating a sense of mood, so I decided that it might be nice to attempt to replicate that mood in SL.84066_Charlotte_Rampling-by_Newton_1974_08_123_113lo

Charlotte Rampling by Helmut Newton, 1974

I’m not recreating photos here, none of my models are on a table with a glass of wine, just a sense of the mood, the implied sexuality, the noir-ish feel, and doing it in the context of SL.newton-helmut-1920-2004-german-in-my-hotel-room-in-montecatin-3446568

Hotel Room in Montecatin, by Helmut Newton

Ms. Rampling, now 67 years of age, still looks terrific and gorgeous, as a recent nude photo shoot at the Louvre demonstrates. I’m not offering photos of that shoot (by Juergen Teller) in this post, but Barbara, who always has a keen eye to ‘the older avatar’, is working on a companion piece to this post, and she’ll feature those photos in that post (plus some of my own SL photos by way of illustration).11f
Charlotte Rampling, part of the ‘Arles’ shoot by Helmut Newton

A second post, ‘After Helmut Newton, part 2’, will also be forthcoming, with less of the text, and explanation, to what I’m trying to achieve, and just a portfolio of photos ‘trying to be Newton’.










The four photos above just try to capture an essence of Newton, test prints, if you will. In Part 2 I’ll be trying to get to the core of Newton’s work, and present a gallery of my SL photos that are a homage to the great man.


Eden (Celebration)

Continuing a theme of ‘simply checking out the sims’, I  dropped into Eden Celebration, specifically the Conference Centre, to show you what’s available in what appears to be a criminally under-used sim. Yeah, the open air stage is close by (Abba coming up next, on April 19th…wonder if Bjorn and Benny will go bare? 🙂 ) as is a quay for yachts, but the conference centre itself seems under-used. Maybe we should ‘right that wrong’ with an SLN (or Moonella Group) conference there. Maybe even just a ‘Friends of Eden’ get-together. What do you all think?

Anyway, it offers a swimming pool, something that’s quite a rarity, to my mind, in SL, as sims tend to go for the ocean bathing option more. What I like about it is that it’s kind of half-in, half-out of the building, and it reminded me of being in Dublin, Ireland, where our hotel (sadly, not naturist) offered the same facilities. Straight from the changing room to the ‘inside’ part of the pool, from which you could swim under a glass wall to the outdoor part. The water was warm, and we were able to lie on our backs, float, and look up at….the drizzle! Well, it was Ireland! The thought was there, at any rate. Even in the drizzle -not a star in sight!- it was a lovely experience.
eden1 eden2 eden3 eden4 eden5 eden6 eden7As usual, with Brenda and Elbag’s builds, there’s a glorious attention to detail, and it’s the little things that delight me in much of the Eden estate. The turning of a corner to find, perhaps, a telephone box that simply fills in the tiny detail and makes Eden such a terrific experience. The conference centre is no different, laid out awaiting us to descend and discuss the future of SL naturism (it’s healthy…so maybe no need for a conference after all, lol).

I would encourage you to maybe get off the well worn tracks of SL naturism and seek out other, less obvious locations to simply relax and be delighted by what’s on offer. For anyone attending the Abba concert, the conference centre is ‘just over the way’, so maybe factor in a little time to visit it this Saturday before taking in the show.


Sweet Beans!

I’ve been over at the Sweet Beans cafe for a photoshoot with the lovely, delightful Charlene, my Australian friend and model. I’ve known her a long time, but due to the time differences between us I rarely encounter her online. Last night -into the small hours of Wednesday morning, actually, in UK time- she popped up online while I was sitting up with a glass of wine doing what I often do in SL when not taking photos. Location hunting.

While there’s numerous naturist locations in SL I sometimes like to go beyond naturist locations, as regular readers will know, to just give photos a different backdrop. Sweet Beans is simply a delightful little coffee shop, ideal for a bit of social interaction, and beautifully laid out, so I encouraged Charlene to join me for a photoshoot. Eventually another friend, Jaco, joined us.

There’s no ‘naturist’ input into this post, other than the fact that two of my friends are nude for the shoot. Nevertheless, I think it’s an attractive portfolio and even for those who wish to keep their clothes on, it could be a rewardingly romantic location.sweetbeans1 sweetbeans2 sweetbeans3 sweetbeans4 sweetbeans5 sweetbeans6 sweetbeans7 sweetbeans8 sweetbeans9 sweetbeans10


Del-may poses

Something a bit different from me today. I’m always on the lookout for locations and poses that give the photos I take for SLN some character. I was therefore delighted to find Delmay Poses, a store packed with a series of charming and verging on the erotic poses. When I say ‘verging on the erotic’, I mean that, in a proper context, some could be both erotic and equally innocently naturist (or indeed merely ‘romantic’). It will all rather depend on the context you work in.Snapshot_001b

The group gift comes packed inside a camera, complete with photographer pose, existing as a pose in and of itself. I was very impressed by this imaginative use of ‘boxing’ a gift

Grabbing a couple of model friends (thanks to Pam and Jim for being so agreeable to pose), I got them to pose the current group free gift, called ‘Do Not Disturb’, and I’ve had them pose it. Our regular beach house location probably wasn’t the right place to do it -I see it more in terms of a ‘deep in a forest as shafts of light pour through the canopy of leaves’ type of a pose.dnd_001b dnd2_001b

We then headed over to the store where they posed on the demo stands for some photos, nude of course. delray poses1_001b delray poses2_001b delray poses3_001b delray poses4_001b

I’ll certainly be heading back over to pick up a pose or two for future use in my photo sessions. These are located in front of similarly posed backdrops, and I’m going to stick my neck out and say they’re exceptionally well thought out, almost choreographed poses. I certainly could imagine a dance troupe, or avatars in ballet tutus, utilising these as well. There’s also a selection of female and male poses. Again, some aren’t the standard fare, and Pam is posed (kneeling, in b&w) on one of the male poses.

For anyone who likes their poses, for role-play, photography or whatever else, Delmay is certainly worth a visit!


Ra(n)diness Nude Beach, by guest reviewer Emmanuelle Warden

I sent Ella an IM on discovery of this beach, suggesting she got it reviewed, but was surprised to be invited to do the job myself!

There seems to be a little bit of confusion as to its name. It shows up in search as Radiness, but joining the group sees the tag refer to Randiness. Clearly there’s a typo involved somewhere along the line, but whether the former or latter name is the intended one isn’t clear.

Group notices are in Portuguese, so clearly this is something new in the world of SL naturism, a decent sized, well set out (in tiki style) naturist venue that is either Portuguese or Brazilian in origin. If there’s previously been Portuguese or Brazilian naturist sims in SL, please let me know, I’m not aware of them.

Either way, it puts a new twist on things if it attracts a different audience, a Portuguese speaking audience, to SL naturism, so it can be applauded for that reason alone.

Ella’s ‘genuine naturism’ definition might be ever so slightly tested by the sim, as there are sexual possibilities, but so discreet as to be considered more of an afterthought rather than the sim’s main purpose.

Otherwise, it’s a rather lovely looking sim, spacious, and with all of the usual naturist beach attractions, a sauna, sunbeds, beach bar, dancing poseballs and the rest.radiness dj radiness jacuzzi radiness overview radiness sauna randiness pole randiness sun lounger

It feels like it’s a location that could take off in a big way, offering a little of something for everyone, while retaining quite a confined sense of space that will create a focus on sociability (this is not a criticism, by the way: it feels ‘properly’ sized, imaginatively set out).

Whether Radiness or Randiness, why not give this beach a go?


The critic

I’m, as usual, spending more time out of world than in world, writing bits and bobs and researching other stuff for SLN this weekend. During a brief foray inworld I was slightly surprised, yet delighted, when the RL Mr. Keng, not the world’s most avid SL fan, but an occasional user and exceptionally supportive and an avid reader of this blog, popped up as being ‘online’ (while being two rooms away from me in our house 🙂 ).the critic_001b

I offered a tp, and he popped over to our Su Casa office, where I’d settled down while simultaneously running other webpages for research purposes, both in the context of SLN and ‘real world work’. the critic2_001b

Virtually looking over my shoulder, he surveyed what was going on in the forthcoming plans for SLN, made a few suggestions, and then -as is his wont- disappeared from SL again as quickly as he’d popped in. I reckon he’s my harshest critic, but it’s always criticism offered with the best intentions. As a result of his few minutes asking questions, and offering advice, the next issue of SLN has now been rejigged, a theme set, and research begun. I can say that the anticipated publication date remains the same, sometime in the first week of June, as the RL Mr. Keng, our children and I will be jetting of for a naturist holiday towards the end of June. It’s my expectation that I’m going to pick up last year’s ‘What I saw’ series, with daily reports from my own naturist experiences, and daily postings to reflect the RL goings-on.the critic3_001b