With the new batch of December magazines coming out, from another excellent edition of Busted to the latest biggest and bestest issue of SL Connoisseur to date, it's just about time that I blog from the end of November a bit of ....
Where do I begin? Aroused! is a very self-explanatory magazine: we don't really want to give our readers some, uh, actual reading to do - although I do get the odd request for interviews now and then -, but rather a well produced publication about SL photography, featuring talents who are eager to get their work out there, and with very few limits about the explicitness of the content. What's on this issue? Well...
I forced my partner Marika Blaisdale to work extra in this issue: not just because she had to come up with something smart and slick looking for the table of content layout and all the other little touches that give the magazine its professional - yes, if I may say so myself !- look...
...but also she finally comes back showing her photography on her own magazine! As much as I have enjoyed the past couple of issues, I think they were missing some of her charming photography, and the models she brings here are very different from one another, but both no strangers for sure to the world of porn. We are talking about the bodaceous Janna Sugarbeet and the lovely Terri Topliss, of course.
No models were harmed during the making of this issue
Besides the happy welcome for Marika's photography, I literally don't know where to start to talk about this issue - it's the trouble of trying to blog something I am so close to: everything about this issue excited me and there's so much about it I'd love to share.
I am certainly excited as always about 'new blood' to the magazine, and Katmee brought us one of those shoots you can see only in Aroused. And what about Rachel Avro? I often joke about her sneaking her way in every magazine one way or another, but I am truly happy of the way she chose to appear in Aroused this issue, with a photo set of another stunning model who gets around quite a bit: the lovely Partee. You have seen a lot of it already in the daily galleries!
'Extended' version of the opening pic of Katmee and Roxie's set. A great debut for Katmee in Aroused!
But as I had the chance to mention in my foreword in the magazine itself, I am really delighted and thankful for all the contributions from the staffers, new and old.
Thankful to Sandra Palletier, who provides to the magazine prime quality shoots: her 'A cafe in Kairos' is a pleasure for the eyes and has all the distinct features of a Sandra photoshoot, with its dark and decadent atmosphere: a pure t-girl sex and bondage affair!
And delighted to see Sasquatch Rhino back in magazine form: you notice from his flickr and his "Make me pose" project how he has time and energy for pictures again, and his 2 sets for the magazine are so different in tone. Which one is your favourite? The sex interlude with Nisha Storm? The erotic-filled pin-ups of Ali Fox? That's why I love having the luck of being the editor of a magazine like Aroused.
Sas' 'Dirty toilet' set with Nisha. A spin-off of the shower series, I guess!
I had a few 'doubles' in this issue, in fact, and I loved it. Adele Simondsen is a dream model, but she has also been a dream of a magazine photographer for me in her tenure with the magazine so far. You have to love her choice of models here. You might not know 'Casi' (although the sexy Stacia knows something about her!) but Ali Lancrae needs no introduction, right?
Melina Jameson did not bring two photoshoots, but she worked like a small army, and a small army of models she brought over for her pictures, featuring in her pics nearly more models than all the other photographers combined! Arienne Evangeline (Eonya), Ashlynn Jameson, Carter Holloway, Kei Frequency, Laredo Lowtide, Mandylovsyou, Margarita Blanco, Marika Blaisdale's partner, Melina Jameson, mrs. Scarlet F. (scarletfreedomofficial), River Oryl(Nadia Diker), Parthenea, and I believe, also the kitchen sink!
Margie Blanco and Laredo Lowtide are part of Melina's photoset, with a certain fetish of hers as focus...
I went a bit long and I try not to make these magazine posts long, I promise i'll make the next Aroused one shorter. But I left for last the contribution by Nicasio Ansar: not only he shot the person who ended up being the covergirl for the issue, that Carla Draesia that you'll see soon again on these pages...err, posts, since she just completed a milestone in her porn career.... But also, brought to the magazine one of those photoshoots that really warm my heart, in many ways.
In his irritating modesty he says that it's 99% the model's credit, and truly Kei Frequency is a fantastic model who brings a lot to a photoshoot: she knows a lot about photography, and surely knows darn well how to look awesome. Still, this "Examples of snowflake classification" photoshoot is such a strange, inspired, artistic, erotic concept, translated in such finely composed and purely beautiful images, that I think mr. Ansar deserves a lot of praise.
"When you start with a silly idea like shibari snowflakes you have to make up for it elsewhere" - Confucius
Ah, yes. All this thing here is avalaible on Marketplace for free. Also you can find it online on Issuu. Thank you!
Let me know about your projects, and I'll blog them. I promise!