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Photographer Manfred Baumann has given us a bonus gallery for our members of one of his loveliest models, Sandy.
As we said in our last Baumann gallery, we like his work because his photos of nude women project something rarely achieved by anyone - he projects an image of women beautifully nude in our everyday lives. And not sloppy naturist nude either, but nude with modern style and sophistication and intelligence.
We love women who can look intelligent completely naked, or should we say, book naked.
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The women in our lives
Most experts in the area of seduction will tell you that the surest way to make a woman feel good is to tell her that she's beautiful. And it's true - there doesn't seem to be a single woman in the world who doesn't love to hear it.
But there's another side to this dynamic that many experience first hand, but rarely identify or discuss. Some of the greatest joys of living with or being married to a women are the moments of marvellous beauty she creates just for you, inadvertently, combing her hair, moving gracefully around the house, or yawning and stretching in the morning.
It's funny. You can tell a woman she's beautiful to get her into your life, and once in your life, she gives you her beauty. Maybe this is why I've always been attracted to the women who seem capable of a lifelong romance. It's because I'm in it for the beauty, not just the sex, and I want beauty to last me a lifetime.
If you're like me you'll love the photographs of Manfred Baumann. He has a knack for capturing those elusive moments of beauty that women create simply by breathing, moving and living their lives with us. These are the moments that stay burned in men's brains for years, sometimes forever.
So will the photos of Manfred Baumann. Our latest gallery of his is full of images that capture as closely as is possible to we humans, those times when a woman's beauty is truly breathtaking - which is: when she's right there in front of you, naked.
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Beauty is not simple. Unfortunately, it's much easier to talk about it than create it. And images of superbeauty are especially rare. Such examples as do exist, exist only by accident. We think this is a real shame.
Because they are so rare, we've long wanted to be able to provide artists and photographers with the knowledge they need to create images of superbeauty, but without a perfect visual example, it's been hard to show someone what superbeauty really looks like.
We now have it. We have found the perfect photoshoot. We've found a series of images of pure superbeauty in the work of Chris Rügge.
Superbeauty is about putting objective values into an image of a woman - the two most important being sexuality and morality. There is no image of a woman in existence that can be considered beautiful that does not contain BOTH of these human values. For example, even the most innocent and wholesome example of female beauty - the angel - is still female, while the most sexual example of female beauty - the porn star - exudes the feeling that what she's doing is good. The greatest example of beauty of all, however, exudes both sexuality and morality, equally - the woman who is naked, but a respectable part of human civilization.
This is the woman in our latest Body in Mind gallery. Her name is Steffi. She is the girl next door. But she welcomes you into her house half naked and without shame. Perhaps she gives us a glimpse of what our civilization will look like in 50 years when the female body is no longer something to be ashamed of. Rügge takes us there. In this sense, superbeauty is a time machine - it takes us to a perfect future, a future full of maximized values, beauty, and happiness. After all, why banish beautiful women to dark forests or barren wastelands? As wonderful as these images can be, nude women have been excluded from the realm of acceptability - and civilization - for far too long, centuries in fact. It's time to bring them back in from the cold, in from their long exile from humanity. Let's welcome them into our daily lives, into our cities, our buildings, our workplaces, our homes, our hearts, our hopes, our art, and our futures. Superbeauty does that.
But what does it look like?
Rügge's pictures of Steffi show us. Superbeauty is like something from the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, except that the girls are nude. It also looks like something from Playboy, except with a non-sexual morality. Actually, superbeauty is more like Playboy and Sports Illustrated combined - big, bold, vivacious women, posing happily and confidently nude, pictured in perfectly stunning surroundings with exceptional skill in an adoring, artful style. This has been the goal of Body in Mind since it began - the infusion of objective human values into images of nude women.
Several years ago I wrote in an attempt to help bring superbeauty into existence:
"It's weird, but in a world with Victoria's Secret catalogs and television commercials, bare breasts on Prime Time television and in public, where Playboy bunnies become models and supermodels pose nude, where porn stars become actresses and actresses make pornographic videos - indeed, in a culture so absolutely saturated with images of beautiful women - pictures which blend the female body with the most wholesome morality, creating the epitome of female beauty, are the only ones that don't exist."
We hope to have much more of Rügge's work on Body in Mind in the future. And we hope to have a future world full of more work - and women - like Rügge's, proof that the greatest beauty does not exist naturally, but like the future, must be created.
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We're not addicted to cheesecake, really we're not...
The last couple of galleries from master cheesecake chef Victor Lindenborn have proven to be quite popular with our visitors, so here is our third.
We were tempted to say we've become addicted to his work when an announcement of a so-called 'scientific' discovery came to our attention. The discovery states that female beauty is nothing more than a male drug. We wrote a rebuttal to this nonsense here.
We are not addicted to female beauty any more than we are addicted to food. And neither are you. We can no sooner stop enjoying the sight of a lovely human woman exuding her adorable and delightful essence than we can give up eating or breathing, but no one would have the insolence to claim we were addicted to food or oxygen.
Those who equate a love of female beauty with a drug habit reveal the depravity in their own souls - a depravity that sees the most visibly glorious examples of humanity - beautiful women - as a drug, and thus mankind in general, as shameful, dirty drug addicts.
We do not. We love beautiful women because we love life and all of its potential. And we are thrilled to have been born human. Beauty brings out the best in us, not the worst. Beauty is not a drug, it is a necessity. And it is not an artificial stimulant, it is as real and wholesome as it gets.
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Body in Mind Exclusive: Blue Velvet
Why does everyone like velvet? What is it anyway? What's it made out of? Is it natural or man-made? How does it come to be used for everything from the capes of King's to cheesy paintings of Matadors with capes?
Velvet is soft. It's deep. It's dark. It's fun.
But most of all velvet is beautiful. Which is why it's so popular. In fact, in its blue variety it attracts every man, from Bobby Vinton to Dennis Hopper and every temperament in between.
Our latest gallery at Body in Mind represents a very important landmark to us, it's our first gallery of images from Tom Ruddock. Our favourites for a long time, Tom's Blue Nudes are to female beauty what velvet is to cloth. Absolutely everyone will find something they love. Here you will find outright superbeauty in an almost dizzying display of photographic virtuosity. In fact, Ruddock goes through artistic styles like many photographers go through film - and he's a master of them all.
You'll see what we mean in our exclusive gallery of his images as well as on his incredible website. We've spent 3 days going through his huge portfolio of work, and have selected what we believe to be the best images. As far as superbeauty goes, you will find some of the most gorgeous women that have ever existed on earth in these photos, and as far as Ruddock's genius goes, you stand a very good chance of finding your new favourite photo of all time among them.
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More Cheesecake Anyone?
The great thing about cheesecake is no matter how much you eat, you always want more...
Our first gallery this month featured Victor Lindenborn's marvellous modern pin-up photos. We liked them so much, so does our second.
Like a farm orchard bursting with ripe fruit, or the sea swelling and exploding in love with its own freedom, or the sun smiling on everything and everybody, the ladies in the images of Austrian photographer Victor Lindenborn remind us of the greatest joy of childhood - seeing our first naked woman.
Not since we were kids have we seen such beautiful, bright, happy, sunny, playful, elegant, voluptuous ladies in scenes so carefully set in a universe full of benevolence, feminine poses, thoughtful composition, radiant lighting, natural drama, and 50's movie-star glamour.
Lindenborn, is a master of what is called 'cheesecake' or 'pin-up' photography. I mention this because for some reason, in the modern rush to 'own' the concept of beautiful women in beautiful pictures, many people have forgotten its orginal name, which is cheesecake. And its creators' dueful praises go unsung.
Cheesecake is completely unique, both in purpose and in nature, which may explain why so few people seem to recognize it.
The purpose of cheesecake is to create superlative images of superlative female beauty - not pornography, not fashion, not advertisements - but beauty, period. Not primarily meant to stimulate our bodies or our minds (although it always does both), cheesecake first moves our spirit and stimulates our soul. In its purest form, it gives us a vision of so great a loveliness that we must stare, and upon staring, become sun drunk with all the wondrous emotions - noble and pleasant - that female beauty allows us as human beings.
Only one thing can do this to us. Only those things dearest to us can make us feel so wonderful - only our deepest values can make us feel this way. Somehow, then, in cheesecake, our values must be involved.
To see exactly how, we must look to its origins. Cheesecake photographs have been around a long time and were being made long before Playboy, long before modern supermodels, and certainly long before the web and Body in Mind. It's the kind of image of nude women pioneered in the 40's and 50's by German and Scandinavian photographers in response to demand from American men's girlie, adventure, detective and pulp magazines. In America, perhaps the greatest creator of this type of image was photographer Bunny Yeager, whose images of Bettie Page are a legend, still popular with collectors today. They are images of a pretty woman who is extremely happy to be alive, happy to be a woman, and happy to be naked. They are set in what were for Bettie 'real-life' settings, such as at the beach, or on a boat, or in a field - settings which have unfortunately been copied a hundred thousand times by photographers who could not see that the appealing part of a location was not the specific scene insomuch as it was the fact that Bettie felt at home in it. Thus, what began as realistic shots of Bettie, today have become terribly un-realistic shots of supermodels rolling in the surf on late night TV.
To discover the secret power of cheesecake photography one has merely to look at the images Victor Lindenborn is creating today, not at what is being depicted, but at the feeling that is generated by that depiction. For example, his models, like Bettie Page before them, make us feel that they are happy and carefree, and more: they make us feel that way. Their happy abandon in the nude, revealing no awareness of shame, makes us feel free. And their generous smiles, when pointed right at us, makes us feel worthy of the love of one such as them.
Cheesecake achieves its beauty by capturing our values and projecting them back on us. It creates a scene that is so brilliantly full of our values - things we dearly need to live a life worth living, things like happiness, purpose, freedom, success, sexuality, thoughtfulness, self-esteem and romance - that it shines upon us like an explosion of white light.
This is the key to cheesecake: It is the inclusion of objective values that give cheesecake the power to achieve its purpose, which is quite simply, the creation of beauty. Beauty is the representation of our values, and nothing moves us more.
This is the unique nature of cheesecake, its defining characteristic. It has never been explicitly identified (until now), yet cheesecake photos of legendary beauty have been consistently achieved over the years, due only to the extremely benevolent sense of life, gifted eye, and loyalty to values of its creators.
This is the modern achievement, and the greatness, of Victor Lindenborn.
Victor's work has brought cheesecake back to life for us. Let them do the same for you. Here then is our latest hand-picked gallery of Victor's best images. Enjoy.
If you're a model or photographer and you'd like to be featured on Body in Mind, send us an email at email@example.com and include a few photos or the URL to your website (if you have one.) If you are chosen, you will have a featured item dedicated to you and a place for thumbnails to be displayed. We regularly buy non-exclusive rights for photos or photosets we really like. And if we really love your work you may be booked for a paid Body in Mind photoshoot. We will consider all submissions, but cannot guarantee that all will be chosen.
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