A beach sunrise

Originally, this was just intended to be a simple photo-essay I did with a new, wonderful model I’m working with, a vibrant redhead calling herself Zin. As Ella has previously stated, she asked Diane and myself if we could consider previous photo sessions to be ‘retired’ and if both of us could do some brand new, fresh photos, which is what I’ve been working on recently.

When I handed these over to Ella, however, she immediately shot back an IM, very excitedly, and requested that she added her own text (which follows in italic text).

When I saw Harry’s photo-set, I was immediately reminded of a real scenario that seemed very familiar to me, and which I’ve replicated to some degree in real life. When on holiday, in the past, we used to get up very early to watch a Mediterranean sunrise, and even take some RL naturist holiday snaps for…well, not exactly the family album! 🙂

A little way along the beach there’s a very popular beach cafe. These are called chiringuitos in Spain. Essentially, they serve food and drink and are semi-permanent in nature, that is, they’re maybe wooden structures that can be dismantled and removed if necessary. And we’ve sat by chiringuitos waiting for them to open for a Spanish ‘desayuno‘ -breakfast- which might typically comprise of a bite sized sausage roll, a bite sized doughnut, a glass of water, a glass of orange juice and a coffee, all served up for just a couple of Euros. Granted, you can opt for heartier breakfasts if you wish, but the nibbles are almost ‘tapas‘ like in their size, and the juice and coffee are an excellent kick-start to the day.  Their cafe-con-leche (milky coffee) is probably one of the few occasions in a year when I actually drink coffee.

Harry’s photographs made me think of these breakfasts, eaten au naturel on a Mediterranean shoreline, and evoked strong memories for me. And I will be taking in several of these A.M. breakfasts in just a few more weeks. I can’t wait!

Ella

It’s good to know that the photo-essay has at least one admirer! I have to say that Zin and I look a bit ‘loved up’ in the photos (which I took in my Spencer Cloakk alt-guise) but we’re nothing more than good SL friends. I should add that I’ve done quite a number of sessions with Zin and you’ll be seeing more of her in the next issue of SLN magazine (Ella adds: out on Wednesday!)

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Harry

Familiar?

I was zooming around the naturist sims earlier,  and on dropping into Eden, I noticed a certain familiar statue, probably because I was checking out some websites in relation to my first naturist holiday of the year now just a few weeks away.

Here’s Eden’s statue…

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And here’s the statue that dominates the entrance to Vera Playa’s naturist area…

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I like the fact that, even down to the smallest details, SL’s naturist sim builders can squeeze in the little things that make the naturist experience in SL as realistic and true to RL as they possibly can.

 

Ella.

Hairy

From time to time SLN has reported on body hair as an add-on for your avatar.

With this in mind I’ve been exploring for possible new developments in these…er…areas, and managed to locate something that isn’t new, but is new to me, on the marketplace.

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At L$89, it’s a snip (no pun intended). While Nearly Tactile’s pubic hair (for men and women) remains the benchmark for genital hair, they don’t do underarm hair, and this set (both underarm and pubic hair come in panty and tattoo layers) gives a natural look to the underarms, if you are into that look. I also think that both would equally suit a male avatar. So if you need some body hair on a budget I suggest you try the marketplace, type in ‘underarm’ or ‘armpit hair’, and grab this nifty set.

NB: Despite there being reference to an in world store -which exists- I couldn’t see this collection being sold on site, so we picked it up from the marketplace and gave it to our model to model!

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Pookes

SLN 11 : Advertisement

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I had hoped to get SLN 11 out over Easter. I wasn’t really held back by anything that prevented its appearance, other than a sudden desire to ‘clear the decks’ completely.

What I do is keep all SLN imagery in folders (we’re up to SLN folder 15, incidentally), and I will back them up to hard drive from time to time and clear the decks once I’ve used all the photos I think I can possibly use. While the most recent folder was quite packed, it wasn’t at the point where I wished to back it up and start on folder 16…but then as I was rejigging the computer I thought ‘well, why not?’.

So I backed up, and started the new one. And decided…well, I’d quite like a new -brand new- set of photos started. So that’s what we’ve done. I’ve stripped out all the photos intended for SLN11 posts and asked Harry and Diana to begin again. 🙂

And Harry and Diana have stepped up to the mark to present me with quite a number of photo-shoots. Thanks to them! But with the new photos came a realisation I needed to tweak the material, so that’s what I and Pookes have been doing this Easter weekend (incidentally, fully refreshed from a break, and honeymoon, Pookes is back, full-tilt, and you’ll be reading some of her work in SLN11).

Anyway…this post is nothing but an advertisement for SLN11, out on April 30th, and an opportunity to stick a couple of examples of recent photoshoots up for you.ofra6_001b ofra9_001b omar25_001b

Wherever you are in SL, stay naked!

Ella.

Moobs.

Moobs. Man Boobs.

A familiar word in the UK, is it one that has travelled abroad? (Or did it even originate in the UK?)

This week, a funfair in Essex, a county on England’s east coast, decided to ban topless males from its grounds.

Not, strictly speaking, because overweight males put breasts larger than a thin woman on display, a display that offends some. I’m not bothered. An overweight male is likely to display such a physique, and I would suggest that, while overeating and over drinking may have made a male out of condition, and may thus be regarded as unhealthy, I also apply the naturist mantra that being comfortable in your own skin is the main issue. We’ve become obsessed with, and imprisoned by, the concept of industries…fashion, health, beauty…creating what is, for most, an unachievable yardstick to which we measure ourselves. Thus has grown a culture of fake tan, fake hair, fake nails, fake boobs….fake everything! And all because these industries must get their pound of flesh if we happen to be carrying the same in excess weight.

So men with their shirts off aren’t even something that should be making news. But they do.

Imagine the position reversed. Would women with shirts off be tolerated in a legal framework? No. They would risk arrest, and a police caution at the very least. If the world was equal, women would have had the right to go topless decades ago. If the world was equal, males parading topless in public would be subjected to the same legalities.

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The odd thing is that we, society, worships and reveres large female breasts. Yes, ‘we’…males and females alike. Men are drawn to big boobs, and there’s practically an SL sub-culture going on with the mega-boobs industry. And women, if they don’t have them, generally want them, with boob jobs being possibly one of the top earning areas of cosmetic surgery.

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In RL, I’m not overly well blessed in the boob department, but I’d never contemplate the surgeon’s knife to enhance myself.

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I also feel there’s a sense of tyranny involved in headlines like that above, Miley Cyrus ‘feeling like a boy’ beforehand, the clear inference being she’s not all woman with a decent pair of boobs. And the reader should feel the same way….is essentially the sub-text. I don’t buy it.

In a world where we’re all shoe-horned into convenient boxes, pigeon-holed, demographicised, categorised and exposed to a need to make us ‘fit’, it’s rather nice that naturism allows us -naturists- to accept and acknowledge that there’s no perfect body, that we come in all shapes and sizes. Big boobs, small boobs, fat, thin and all sizes in between, large penises, small penises. After a while the tyranny of the fashion industry floats away and we begin to judge one another on the basis of their personality, not what size our boobs or penises are.

It’s something naturists have said for decades, to the point where it was -and maybe still is- cringing cliche. It also happens to be true.

So, fellas of Essex (and elsewhere), if you want to take that T-shirt off on a hot day, be my guest, and try to remember that it’s not illegal and the UK -for all of its surveillance culture and erosion of freedoms, still a reasonably free country. The one thing I would say in support of the theme park, and quite obviously linked to the old naturist etiquette of carrying and sitting on a towel (no one wants to sit on your sweat or sun tan oil) please put the shirts back on if you’re using the rides, or chairs in restaurants. And get your other half to apply sun block if you do strip off.

Ella

Christian Naturism

A birth is a birth, but a death….?

While not being a practicing Christian of any denomination, I’ve been brought up in a nominally Christian country, so I suppose that’s what is familiar to me. I work on the basis that I’m happy for you to practice your faith, free from any restrictions, whatever that faith may be….Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist…whatever…but equally you’re not free to shove your ideals down my throat. And you shouldn’t be free to legislate where your beliefs inform the framework wherein you write laws. Therein lies bad government, particularly in a multi-cultural world.

I’m not going to expand on this much further, other than to say that I’m free to make my own choices, and I really don’t warm to the idea of countries being led by religious leaders, or this constant harping on about ‘peace and love and tolerance’  while simultaneously starting wars for oil, or stoning people to death. Rank hypocrisy, on both counts, but I don’t really expect anything different from those wearing their faith on their sleeve or running a nation based on their interpretations of religious works written centuries ago.

I suppose Easter is the big Christian festival. After all, it’s the whole basis of Christianity, the ‘Resurrection’ message.

And that led me to thinking about religion’s relationship with naturism.

I know there are Christian Naturist groups…for a while there was even a Christian Naturist church (the Grace Church, as I recall) within the environs of the Eden Naturist Estate! I mean, Eden’s name itself derives from The Garden of Eden, wherein Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, are recorded in The Bible (in Genesis, the first book of the Bible) as both being naked, but knowing no shame.

Why should they?

I guess that’s a question for Christian scholars to wrestle with, and I won’t be drawn into the debate. The simple fact of the matter is that some Christians readily reconcile nudity with their faith, possibly despite a need for their church leaders to challenge their decision (look how some people feel the need to impose their will on others!).

I’ve looked at other religious texts in relation to the Garden of Eden story and note that an interpretation of Jewish scriptures suggest history will eventually close the circle on itself and we will return to a Garden of Eden state. Does this mean naked? Does this mean directly knowing God? In a way, I’d argue naturist philosophy is already ahead of the game here, in that for many who commune with nature take time to acknowledge simpler pleasures…nudity bringing them closer to nature and, perhaps, knowing God.

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A Christian Naturist does not have any problem in reconciling his nudity with his faith.

A trope in mediaeval writing referred to the ‘locus amoenus‘, a Latin phrase translatable as ‘pleasant place’, that referred to a location of comfort and safety…an ‘Eden’ of sorts.

While man has been able to communicate in written form, then, it appears the Garden of Eden concept is very firmly held.

Islam, of course, has a more complicated relationship with nudity, as we’ll be aware of due to recent controversies regarding Alia Al-Mahdy, whose actions we reported and supported in one of the earliest ever SLN posts. The continuing popularity of that post, I think, shows that there is a complex relationship with the body within Islam. I’m not going to even attempt to criticise that, on the basis that I don’t know enough about Islam’s thinking on the topic to even attempt to make anything approaching an opinion. What I will say is that I know enough about Islam’s attitudes, shared almost exactly with some sections of Christianity, regarding women to dismiss both of them as a patriarchal society continuing to determine that we -women- should have our rights enshrined by men, our freedoms determined by men, our attitudes shaped by men. Don’t you think, Priests, Pastor, Prelates, Popes and Imams, that it’s time to update your archaic views?

 

Ella

 

 

MĂĽnchner Stadt nackt Zonen

I hope that’s a good translation of ‘Munich’s Urban Naked Zones‘ in the title!

Legislation governing public nudity expired in 2013 and Munich has moved to create public nudity space in the city; six special areas.

Of course, Munich has been famous for one area, the Englischer Garten, or ‘English Garden’, where city centre nudity has been tolerated for decades.

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A relaxed and mutually tolerant mix of nudists and textiles at Munich’s ‘Englischer Garten’

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Jimmy heads to some green space in the SL Munich sim to replicate RL in SL

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