Pasha has a distinct soft style, and a lot of beautiful models, this gallery is not an exception. Though I have to admit that it's somewhat less coherent than some of his other galleries.
I like the retro feeling to his galleries, it's relaxing.
This is the second gallery that I will be adding of Nicolina. The most charming things about her are her playfulness and her smile that graces most of her images.
In what seems to be a stereotypical Russian photo set, she's showing her flexibility by posing as a ballerina in a typical wooden Russian house. It is my impression that she received some ballet training, which also fits the stereotype of being a beautiful Russian girl.
Away from all the stereotypes, I think that she's a very beautiful lady, and it's always refreshing seeing some new sets of her at Domai. This is her 5th set there, and I hope that it won't be her last.
Another beautiful Domai model from the vast land that is Russia. Sometimes one has to wonder why Russian models are often that beautiful and why so many Russian photographers are that talented.
Domai shows a good variety of images, originating from many countries, but Slavic models are very frequently highlighted over there, and even though the themes may seem repetitive, it's always a pleasure going through most of their galleries.
Oh, and by the way, Domai and BodyInMind memberships make perfect Christmas gifts. No waiting in line, no delayed packages. It's just a simple email.
Mariah has such a wonderful charm. After all those years after first seeing her for the first time, she still manages to cheer me up and to put a smile on my face whenever I see her. She has an infective love for life and that makes her have a wonderful appeal.
She never appeared in any set in which her beauty was not fully captured and presented. She's definitely one of the models with whom it's hard to mess up your work as a photographer.
Everything about her is perfect: her spirit, her smile, her grace, her self-respect, and her beauty. She's a true reincarnation of a goddess.
I wonder what has become of her and whether she's still posing. I just know that she must be happy leading the life that she's dreaming of: it's hard not to when you have such a charming personality, intelligence, and self-respect.
Zemani is another Russian website that has emerged recently, and built a satisfactory collection in the process. Most of the images can be classified as simple nudes with that very distinct Russian touch. I normally shy away from such websites as they're as likely to disappear as quickly as they appear.
There's one thing that did catch my attention about a couple of the galleries that they have there; The models are often very beautiful and there's an amazing sense of warmth in many of the images. This particular gallery reminds me of a wonderful trip to Eastern Europe. It has that distinct Eastern look about the plains, a wonderfully beautiful model, and a sense of a very relaxed atmosphere. It brought back some warm memories, but I hope that you will still be able to relate to it even if you have never been to the East.
This is another installation of the wonderful collectors cut series. I like it when websites revisit their old sets, and a goddess like Anya certainly deserves renewed respect and her beauty deserves attention.
It's a simple outdoors gallery in a beautiful meadow on a beautiful Summer day. I think that Jan Svend has made a difference since he started shooting for MPLStudios. Most of the beautiful sets that they have were produced by him.
I hope that you'll like this gallery.
What is paradise? I think that paradise is a place where social equality is possible through hard work. A place where an ambitious person can be as successful as he or she wishes to be if she or he works hard. It's a place where social status or connections make any difference for hard-working people. In other words, it's a place where hard work is rewarded, and where equal opportunities exist for all.
This definition contrasts with the religious paradise with all of its idleness and the selfishness that it creates in fundamentalism, bringing out the corruption in people - doing something good just to please 'the boss' is a form of corruption as evidenced by the 'I am holier than thou' syndrome.
Paradise isn't a place full of beautiful women, Hawaiian aloha songs, or tropical beaches. It's a place where everybody's free and where no one interferes with the business of others as long as he or she isn't harmed. A place where people are ambitious and proactive, where they strive to bring out the best in themselves, not to enjoy the depravity and cruelty that signifies a lack of respect for life and for others.
We are not 'sinful', telling others that they naturally bad gives them the license to harm and destroy, and also gives you the license to be destructive and corrupt. People are great, those who become corrupt made their choices, and it's none of our business as long as we're not harmed. When I attack the general direction of nudes, I do so based on the fact that what major websites do does reflect back on all of us and gives a chance for beauty-haters to turn their vile hatred for life towards us and our beautiful models.
Nudes give those models a chance to express themselves. Every one has a unique story and a unique life, and most of us had a hard time when we were young or are still suffering from inequality, hardship or absurd laws. It's the chance for those models to be the heroines that they truly are. It's like those intimate conversations that you may have with someone who gets into details about their struggle with life. Except that they do it visually, and they get constant feedback. It's an invisible form of conversation, in which they strive to bring out the best in them. This earns them a lot of respect, and that's what they deserve, along with all the self-respect and confidence that this entails.
As Dwayne Bell has recently said, paradise can exist here on Earth, if we all work together and become disillusioned with the corruption that surrounds and often engulfs us, the corruption that we may succumb to in the name of being bad. I truly wish that one day, we can listen to others and appreciate their recounting of their own tales and problems, and be inspired by them, instead of the incessant gloating that seems to be rampant.
Paradise may not be here, but it's close. We just need to get rid of a few shackles to get there. Heracles was human after all.
I think that humanity will really progress once nudity is accepted everywhere, when self-awareness and self-acceptance are going to encouraged and appreciated, and when we're able to get over body shame and to accept our sexuality.
We don't need clothes to prove that we're different from all the other species. What makes us different is our volition and reasoning abilities. Those evolutionary advantages were never a permit for us to destroy the world, we only destroy everything when we stop thinking.
We need to accept sexuality and nudity as facts of life, to see them and appreciate them for what they represent. Our anatomy is unique, it is distinctly human, and so is body expression; the art of dancing and ballet. Sexuality is an art form, our courtship rituals are very unique. The social bonds that sexuality forms may not be unique to us, but I can argue that we do it better than any other species by channeling it through culture and even art.
In my opinion, humanity wastes a lot of time on irrelevant superfluous details. I think that it's about time we start thinking about what our universal message is and to move forward. This is more important than fashion standards or dress codes. It's our minds that make the difference at the end of the day, and that's the reason we are the dominant species. The presence or lack of clothes don't make us special or less civilized, nudes have always been at the zenith of civilization, that's because they represent who we are, they represent one of our unique abilities, which is the ability to create and enjoy art. Nudes have always adorned cave and temple walls, they have always been a source of inspiration for us, and they're going to continue being an inspiration for humanity in the future, but I truly hope that we will be able to accept that inspiration.
Anya is one of the few models who have complete control over their beauty. She always looks very graceful in all of her images, whether she's completely nudes, partially clothed, or completely clothed - the MPLStudios postcard series. I have seen her images many times at many different websites, but she always managed to keep her charm and her grace in every set. Whether it's at Domai or any of the many websites with Russian models, she always was the same beautiful woman that she truly is.
Photographers certainly have a role, but it's the model who inspires and helps in the creation of great art. Anya is one of the very special models who have been able to always help the photographers she's posed for create wonderful images.
She represents the vision of a young woman who appears to be in control of her life, destiny, and even how others see her.
I certainly hope that she will allow us to be inspired by her beauty for many years to come.
A personal vision of paradise is that of a tropical sunny beach that's full of tranquility. A getaway from concrete jungles with all of their pollution and crowds.
I think that what makes those getaways attractive is the harmony of colors, the fact that they offer a chance to relax and enjoy life in a semi-hedonistic way.
We can create our own paradise in the middle of our modern jungles. We can recreate the harmony of color, and if we're hard-working and good enough we may even have a person next to us, as beautiful as Sasha, helping us making it complete. All it takes is hard work and a bit of ingenuity.
Paradise doesn't have to be that far away, not when you believe and do something about all that you find ugly. By making the world a better place for yourself, you're helping in making it a better place for everyone else.
Meanwhile, Sasha is and will continue to provide the inspiration, the vision of a pristine paradise where honesty, in the form of nudity, prevails.