I recently received a message from a visitor of Graceful Nudes that required some explanation on my behalf of the philosophy of Graceful Nudes. It was a very enlightening message as it allowed me to analyze my fascination of beauty. I also realized that I haven't(or do not remember that I have) explained how nudes can be moral and how it can affect your life.
First, I need to say that photography in all its glamour and beauty is somewhat a poor medium. It is able to eternalize a single moment and to capture fine details that our busy minds ignore, but it has an inherent weakness, it cannot fully capture the personality of the model. You can see charisma, you can see attitude, and you can see beauty, but you cannot see beliefs or converse with the model. A picture is a mere collection of pixels with different color values.
Second, the world is not perfect. The motives of the models and the photographers range from purely selfish to altruistic. Therefore, I cannot claim that every model is an angel or that every photographer is a messiah.
You have probably pondered the thought of exploitation and how "the models are represented as bodies when they are in the nude", whether it's right or wrong to view those images and whether you are respecting the person or doing someone injustice through inspecting and experiencing the beauty in the images.
Does this mean that Graceful Nudes and Super Nudes are just an attempt to give you what you want to hear?
Of course not.
None of us has ever met the woman depicted in La Joconde, have never met Artemis or Aphrodite. Yet, we are fascinated by their characters. We can claim that we have met them, felt their personality, and that they are the most beautiful females that have ever roamed the Earth(or mount Olympus).
Our minds create that fascination.
Some Graceful Nudes are more than pixels, my mind connects those pixels together and creates a live image of the model, a beautiful canvas from another dimension, a temporary utopia. She becomes the most beautiful and ethical woman in the world, the true essence of perfection that somehow appeared on earth and was enigmatically captured by an obscure but a very lucky man. I let the perfect lady in the picture guide me towards the light and perfection, through the darkness, and through bad times. It did change several aspects of my life and I am glad about it.
A pile of rocks is nothing but a pile of rocks, but arrange those rocks properly and you can build a Rome.
Your mind is the engineer that puts those pieces together. However, many fail to see what those nudes have to offer due to some preconceptions that probably are implanted in their minds by pornography. Like a virus, those malicious ideas infest the inspiration and one's ability to see beyond the colors, the curves, and the bodies.
I tend not to be cynical about the models and the photographers, whatever their intentions may be. I just trust them until they betray that trust, I have never met Stefan Soell or Helena. Judging them will be extremely unfair.
Saying that tasteful nudes exploit models is like saying that we should never visit the Louvre, or that we should burn Botticelli's or Bouguereau's works. We acknowledge the fact that the model is a human being, and breathe a spirit into what she represents in a picture. It's like how you can be fascinated with the role of an actress in a movie, and falling in love with the character. This doesn't mean that you love the actress or that you negate her existence in real life. You just admit that you do not know her, you know the role she did, and it is that character that you love. Ignorance can sometimes be a bliss. You will be living a delusion if you love the person behind the character.
It's a melange of imagination, beauty, freedom, and all the beautiful meanings in the world; It is a representation of human compassion, feelings, and love, but we just need to listen, to put our hatred aside, and to become what we always wanted to be.
In my opinion, Walter Bosque is a website worth supporting. After a quick look it looks like they're not that different from a lot of other websites, but this isn't why I am supporting it. I am mainly supporting it because Walter Bosque hasn't followed the easy way, he didn't move the the U.S. or Europe in order to be able to deal with Eastern European girls, but he chose to show the world the beauty that South America has.
This is another gallery from there, I hope that you will enjoy it.
This gallery was in my queue, but a very respectful visitor of this website has convinced me to feature it now.
If you are a regular visitor of Graceful Nudes or any other website offering tasteful nudes then you probably are familiar with Stefan Soell, the photographer who is well-known for his ethereal works and beautiful photographs. It's his settings and the fantasy world that he creates that make him truly stand apart from all of the other photographers.
Famous for sets with very few and handpicked images he sure cares more about beauty than anything else; very few sets of his deviate from his high standards. This gallery is a perfect example of what a man who is searching for beauty can achieve.
Shooting a model next to a waterfall is an old theme, he has done it before with Corinna(it was a blue waterfall), but if you compare any other set of his with this one you will find that they are very different(except maybe for Nebelwald, but this one was shot in a cloud forest, and had more green). My favorite picture in this gallery would be the 7th one(counting the cover), in which Lia is looking up to something with shimmering lucid blue eyes, it's as if she's found enlightenment or had a revelation about how to ease the pain in this world; my guess is that it was how she is indeed helping change the world by not loathing her beauty.
It's easy to connect the dots, draw some lines, and then to see those images come to life. It takes a very skillful photographer to produce an image that is that awe-inspiring.
But then I remember that this is a Stefan Soell work, with fantastic beauty.
The first thing that attracted me to Patrick Jan Van Hove's works is the honesty of them. I am indeed very glad to having found a photographer who's brave enough to show the bodies of the models the way they really are, and by using normal model. There's no need to be lipophobic unless you're a blind follower of the media, and there's nothing to hate about striae unless you're a plastic surgeon.
Few are the ones who are daring enough to capture ordinary ladies and to bring mundane settings to life as he does. If you take a look at his models you will notice that they don't have the "perfect body", yet they are absolutely beautiful. It's just a testimony that beauty can be found everywhere, not in a fancy studio and a model whose bloodstream is full of glucagon.
Another thing to be admired about his works is that he works with a lot of pregnant women, showing the beauty of the fascinating conception.
My words aren't enough to describe the images that you can find in this gallery, therefore I invite you to go ahead and to feel the inspiration of beauty.
In real life I often admire a person who has principles and who's doing everything for a reason. In my opinion doing anything without having a good reason is like being a toothed wheel in a clock, you are there and are doing a good job but have no idea why you're there and don't care about it. It's those idealists who have principles that I admire the most, because those are the ones that are changing the world.
A website has a character, I treat every website the same way I treat a person. In real life you can find a greedy person without morals, someone who's working just to get money but managed to maintain some morals and values, and that who's working to make the world a better place. To me, FEMJOY is like that second person(money + some morals), and I have some good reasons that have led me to that conclusion.
They offer a smorgasbord of content, varying from the very erotic(I am not using this adjective in a good light) to the highly artistic and retouched sets. This is a good thing, but I don't see any text anywhere that says why they have such a variety of content. Most of the text describes the girls in a way that I will never use to describe them. I honestly don't care whether you, my dear visitor, prefer a certain "body type" or a certain look of a woman, why should I?
In my opinion the text must describe the true model's personality or the editor's feelings, not a fake biography or how her body is perfect(nobody's perfect and no body is perfect). I want to hear how a certain set inspires the editor or how it is different from the other sets that are out there. A set that doesn't add to a website subtracts from it, as those sets act as rust, they spoil the appearance of the sets surrounding them at first, and then completely destroy the look of a page.
But then two updates per day is a high rate of production and you need to feature those quick erotica sets in order to satisfy your users and to meet your deadlines. Whenever I see a website with a high rate of updates I almost always think that the true motive behind the creation of that website is monetary gain. Every true artist in history has a limited capacity of production, and inspiration comes randomly. Therefore, you can't expect a steady rate of updates because you can't predict an artist's ability to produce a masterpiece.
This great collection also leads me to think that they are trying to satisfy the taste of all of their visitors, it isn't a bad thing, but it also reaffirms my belief that it's all about the money.
I am not trying to judge them, they have wonderful photo sets there(and I will keep promoting them as long as they are ethically treating their models), but I always prefer that person who has a vision, whose beliefs are everywhere and who inspires those around her. Most of their videos are absolutely beautiful(they had an unstable update rate, but now that a video is added periodically I can guess that their quality is going to deteriorate). I may be biased because I am comparing every single website to a my favorite website(Body In Mind), but I still think that they will have much more to offer if they state their philosophy(if it's not related to using beauty to make money) openly. It will make each and every visit worthwhile.
However, when I put all of this aside. I realize that their sets are still able to inspire me, let's take this Jadi set for example, it's name the tree of knowledge means a lot. It can mean that beauty is the source of all inspiration and wonder, and that's not just feminine beauty. Beauty is the ultimate teacher of the world. The set is beautiful, Demian Rossi is highly skilled, and Jadi is beautiful(I am really wondering whether she has an eating disorder or not, beauty doesn't mean being as thin as a coat hanger). It's worthy to watch this beautiful set, but it is still missing the secret ingredient of beauty, a belief.
I agree with everything that's written in this gallery, but I would love to explain what's written there to reflect my own understanding of the subject.
I think that most of the successful people in this world have a great deal of self-dependence and self-sufficiency. It's the realization that one is in control of his fate and destiny that can empower one to start steering it towards that destination. There's a difference between daydreaming just to waste your time and daydreaming and taking action to fulfill your dreams. The DIY philosophy is more about being in control and taking pride in what one does than it is about wasting time doing various things, skills in any field of life always can benefit one in almost every other field. Sometimes small projects can be a wonderful way to spend time with the members of one's family as well.
Back to this beautiful gallery of tasteful nudes, I think that what makes Nikkala Stott very attractive in this gallery is this sense of determination and will power that the tools surrounding her stand for. Even though those pictures probably feature pure poses, they may offer a glimpse into a beautiful lady's soul, and it's that glimpse that can give you the power to change the world, and to do it yourself.
Don't just dream, realize your dreams!
There are a lot of beautiful things in this world that we aren't aware of, it's like your car keys: you may not be interested in them when you come home, but once you have to go somewhere you start to frantically search for them.
But unlike your car keys, you don't have to look everywhere to find beauty, it literally is everywhere, it's that flower in that vase that decorates your room, it's that beautiful woman who stands next to you when you need her, it's life itself, with all of its struggles and happiness. Once you start to appreciate beauty the world will never be the same, you will be in control, you will be the one who can control your destiny, you will be in command.
It's as easy to see the beauty of the world as it is to see its ugliness, it just takes a wise human being and some determination for her to change her life.
Search for it and you won't be disappointed.
From Russia With Love, it's a very catchy phrase. I remember coming across this amazing website back when I was a baby beauty lover, and I really liked it. It was a great disappointment for me when I found out that it no longer was open for new members.
However, this have all changed. Alexander Fedorov's From Russia With Love is back with all of its power and beautiful galleries, and I am celebrating its return by offering you this artistic gallery from there.
Alexander Fedorov has his works almost everywhere: Domai, Body in Mind, MPL-Studios, Just Teen Site. The list can really go on, and if that's a proof of something it's a proof of his photographic skills.
I have to admit that his works are sometimes too sexual for me, but it's a victory as one of the websites that understand and respect beauty is back once again. :)
I hope that you will enjoy this gallery of tasteful nudes by Alexander Fedorov.
In a perfect world everybody's equal. There are no wars, no misunderstandings, no cultural problems, no violence, and nothing that will hurt any human being; It's like heaven, there's nothing but pure beauty, peace, and harmony.
Beauty is the only force that can make human beings get there, the the dark human side just started to appear when people started to forget beauty and its morality. An minute of beauty inspection can have a stronger effect than 5 hours of meditation, but most of us are too reluctant to give that minute to ourselves.
The best thing about non-sexual beauty is that it's not for consumption, it's for inspiration. It's not a drug, yet it is able to alter once mood. It's the main element in the equation that will enable us to make this world a better place for everyone.
Beauty exists everywhere, it doesn't just come from Europe. This gallery is from the website of the Argentinian photographer Walter Bosque, and he's a living example of how beauty can inspire a human being to dedicate a whole life to it.
This time the beauty comes from a new land, South America. Those images prove that anyone can find beauty if s/he searches hard enough.
If there's any advice that I can give, it's that you should let beauty awaken that good side of you. We're not meant to be machines that are built to just consume everything and everybody.
Believe in beauty and we will get there, I am quite sure about that.
Gardens serve as a connection to mother nature, it's that refuge in our busy cities that makes us feel at peace once again after a day full of struggle. However, there are some beautiful plants in every garden that everybody loves: the flowering plants.
Those add a sense of delight to every garden. They just stand there sharing their beauty with the world, waiting for nothing in return. This is the perfect beauty, there's a price for showing their beauty, but they do it nonetheless. That's why flowers hold a special place in the heart of every human being.
It's that beauty that true gentlemen value the most. The ultimate selfless beauty.