Occasionally, it’s nice to simply soak up the vibe in one of SL’s naturist locations.
We dropped into Sweden and took some photos of a very relaxed and contented Ayne, for no other reason than we could! 🙂
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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 🙂 ).
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.
Real naturist photography is, and always has been, incidental to the core of what SLN is about. Despite that, I do like to recreate scenes from RL in SL, particularly if there are locations or accessories that can be utilised to more effectively do a recreation of a RL scene.
I also have difficulties with the republishing of some RL naturist photos. There’s a thousand of those sites online, and we aren’t in the business of being a RL naturist site. We’re focused on SL. We also aren’t in the business of embarrassing RL naturists who may or may not have been photographed with permission, and so for this recreation I’ve heavily edited and disguised the identity of the RL lady featured. I’d normally have shied away totally from using the photograph but the lady’s wearing of nothing but a beaded belt, also available in world as an accessory in a freebie bikini giveaway at the Santorini Club has kind of forced my hand.
Tell us what you think of the use of RL photos. Ella is firmly against the practice, preferring to keep this purely SL, and I’m largely in agreement, but feel there are occasions where the publication of such photos is wholly justified. This is one such instance. What was originally a high definition colour photo has been edited, sepia-ised and soft-focussed to quite literally blur the lady’s identity. She may well be aware of the existence of the photograph, and entirely happy with its presence on the internet. Again, she may not, so I feel I owe it to an anonymous individual to at least create a veneer of anonymity.
I’d love to hear your views on how we approach the matter. While SLN will remain fixed on SL activity, I do believe that there is a case to be made for the occasional use of RL photos, in a proper context.
As you know, Harry occasionally tries to replicate scenes from RL in SL. Unfortunately he hasn’t been online today, so I’ve had to take up that challenge with photos of my own.
I’m currently rising to Ella’s ‘swimwear hunt’ challenge (post coming soon on the topic), and during my travels I came across a sim offering Hawaiian clothes (free). I’ll link to them in the ‘swimwear’ post that’s pending.
Anyway, I also happened to come across a photo online that sort of captures a sense of Hawaiian-ness (is there such a word?)
Historically, as far as I can gather, Hawaiian hula dancers would have been topless, and the initial photo looks like it was probably taken in a 1960s(?) naturist club.
I’m guessing the 2nd of these, purporting to be from the 1940s, is rather more a ‘pin up’ shot than an actual, Hawaiian hula dancer.
Well…you know us by now! So utilising the grass skirts and leis picked up for free, I’ve attempted to replicate the mood of these photos with one of my own.
I saw Segway riding on a RL naturist video shot at Riva Bella in Corsica (see screen cap, above) and thought it looked like it would be amazing fun to do as part of a RL holiday or SL activity. Imagine scooting around some roughish terrain on one of these! Wow! So much fun!
So I looked to see if the machines are in SL. Well, of course they are! Isn’t almost everything in RL replicated in SL?
Rather too expensive to buy as an SL toy, I nonetheless got Harry to head over to the sim in question and take a model. The results are shown below.
I’m not particularly one for scouring naturist photo sites, although I do constantly check out sites that are linked to RL naturist locations, and occasionally links do carry me to photo sites.
As a result, I was grateful to reader Donald, who pointed me in the direction of a naturist photo site that has blogged SLN. 🙂
It’s not a hunt, in the way we’d understand it in SL.
As the weather (almost) becomes spring like, it occurred to me that the naturist ‘season’ in Europe is already underway. It’ll be June until I get to join in, so in the meantime it’s naturism of a virtual variety. And before the full heat of the sun arrives around the Mediterranean there will be days where it’s cooler, breezier and requiring some sort of cover up, particularly in the mornings before the sun fully rises.
With that in mind I’ve set the staff off on a swimwear and evening wear hunt. Were I in Spain or France right now I’d almost certainly be wearing a night dress of some variety, particularly when rolling out of bed. I like my cup of tea on the terrace first thing, but before the sun gets going you can feel the chill.
Anyway, naturism isn’t about being nude 24/7. Pragmatism is involved. If it’s cool, we put something on. If it’s evening, we dress up to go out for dinner. Nude lunches are, in some places, be the order of the day, but as a rule naturists do like to put on their glad rags for their evening meal, almost to the point where it’s a fashion parade and, for many women (I’ve referenced this before) a different outfit each night. As someone once said, for people who spend their holidays naked, they do pack an enormous amount of clothes!
SL’s designers are now releasing more ‘summery’ clothing, almost on a daily basis, and I’ve decided we’ll feature some (free) clothes that fit the bill, that qualify as ‘naturist accessories’, for a few weeks. I’m not going to be blogging clothes ‘forever’, but in the context of a full naturist experience, then some wardrobe is essential in RL, and equally to be expected in SL.
On a breezy Mediterranean coast, in amongst the already bare and bronzed, you would expect to discover people in tank tops, open shirts and so on. This SLN ‘hunt’ will endeavour to bring you some items that you might consider to be worthy of your attention as naturist accessory.
I’m going to kick this off with a lovely mesh top available at Bella’s Lullaby. The outfit also contains a pair of shorts and, indeed, shorts-wearing topless women would be quite numerous in a naturist environment. I’ve really got into mesh, as it sits in a much more realistic manner than sometimes figure hugging clothing. There’s a different level of reality involved, and movement in an item such as a tank top will -as in real life- sometimes be quite revealing.
I’m modelling the top (L$0) at the SLN office at Su Casa, and it certainly kept the early morning chill at bay for a while. I’ve encouraged the other staff to seek out similarly themes items, preferably free, and we can assemble our ‘naturist holiday wardrobe’ over the next month or so.
Edited to add…I’ve found an pic online that illustrates a very familiar ‘look’ in naturist settings. Often, very often, you’ll see a totally naked man accompanied by his wife/girlfriend who is wearing a tank top of some description
A new naturist location, which I’m guessing is aimed at the gay community, on the basis of its name, has opened.
I headed over to Valley Shore to check it out for this post. No one was around so I wasn’t in a position to ask questions and get any background detailing, so I’m afraid that, for now, a few photos will have to suffice. It’s quite a small build, but I suppose I’m coming around to Ella’s way of thinking in that it forces the social element of SL on those using any particular sim. From a photographer’s point of view I prefer lots of detail and fields upon fields of location, but I can also see the benefit on a cosy build.
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