A few years ago Museum of Natural History in New York presented a showing of Native American art. I can't remember a single work of art in the exhibit. However, a quote by Dempsey Bob, one of the featured artists, made a major impact on how I experience art. His words still ring in my psyche...
"Art is the visible manifestation of a culture".
... What a profound truth.
Carvings in stone, hieroglyphics, sculpture, drawings, paintings and virtually every form of medium available throughout history has been used to preserve almost all aspects of any given culture. Any cursory review of art history will reveal that human sexuality has been portrayed in various forms of art from the earliest of days. To the powerful imagery tools of drawing and painting technology advances resulted in the use of camera and film.
It wasn't that long ago that photos from the Moulin Rouge in Paris raised a few eyebrows and incurred the wrath of well meaning moral protectors of society. Sears and JCPenny catalogs were considered racy by some people. Fortunately time brings about change and that which was frowned on in a prior day is more commonplace today.
It is our opinion that it is good to present the sexual side of women in a positive manner. An apology isn't offered to those who disagree. The beauty inherent to the female is obvious and should not be hidden or diminished. Period! End of story!
Now, having said that and along with the earlier comments, capturing images of the private moments of women in lingerie is a wonderful visual expression of one facet of our culture. Thank you Dempsey Bob for providing such a practical "word handle" for one of the most intriguing and sensual aspects of modern culture.
In that spirit, it is proper to acknowledge those who have contributed to our area of interest... photographs of women in lingerie.
Slip Heaven without question sets a remarkably high standard. The photography is original and outstanding. The Photo Galleries are delightful and keep everyone's attention. After more than 11 years of providing creative updates, he has decided to present archived work in a creative manner. We want to express appreciation to Clell for producing such a quality site.
Clell (Slip Heaven photo artist) reminded me of some of the "beginnings". Dave at SlipLover5 was probably first. He first published his web site around 1997 a message board and a handful of pictures. He also sent out a newsletter for those slip lovers that weren't yet on the internet.
Frank Rusha was also either at or close to the beginning with his web site. Initially, he featured his early work dating from 70's. The photos provided glimpses of lace that were revealed by everyday women at shopping malls and other public places.
Howard has also been around from the beginning. His Howard's Hotel web site is free and he has been very faithful at being supportive of others photo artist's efforts. Sadly his site hasn't been updated in quite a while.
Kelli's Slips was a classic and delightful web site. Kelli is a beautiful person and sometime back decided to close all three of her sites. She desires to put the experience behind. Her sister, Erica also had website for a while and likewise is no longer on the internet.
Rebecca's Secret is an excellent site that presents a vintage slant to its content. Rebecca is no longer featured, but the site is operational and also links to a second site operated by the same photographer.
There have been many, many sites that have come and gone. Some try to do it for free, and then discover that it's a lot of work, and that viewers still demand regular updates - even when it's free.
For those who pioneered our fascinating Photo Art form, we say "Thank you". For those will follow, we look forward to your work with eager anticipation. However, for those who purchase memberships, please know that all of us who serve a webmasters really appreciate your investment of time and financial resources. You make it possible... Many Thanks!