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Back At It7th April 2022 13:52 I've had a few weeks off. The only shoot I did since my winter trip to Peru was this one with Mia - well, I couldn't miss out on her! I'm starting again - got some big stuff coming up :)
Other Things Happening19th March 2022 16:38 I haven't been shooting recently - too much going on in my life, and the rest of the world! That's also why I have't got around to blogging. Never fear, I'm still editing all the stuff from Peru. You'll never run out of new material!
Finally Home, But Not For Too Long19th February 2022 11:54 It still seems to be winter here! Dark and miserable... I will be away again soon, 5 trips planned before the end of June. After that, I may go abroad semi-permanently. It isn't just the weather, I'm just not that keen on the UK right now. Anyway, look at Kim! I love a girl with a really classically beautiful face, and Kim certainly has that. The rest of her isn't too shabby either! I was trying to shoot her for a while, and finally managed it this time. We will do it again :)
Definitely Not A Fan Of Winter8th January 2022 12:15 I can live with the cold, although it isn't great. I can live with the rain, but it isn't great. It's the dark that gets me. At the time of writing, it is all three! Anyway, as usual, I am off to Peru for a few weeks. I'm not sure when I will be back, because of ever changing Covid rules, it isn't worth booking the flight back yet. I have a week in a big house, with a big garden and pool, where I will be shooting a whole range of models. Too many to list on the shooting schedule! As usual, updates may be at funny times etc, but I will keep an eye on things. Come the spring, I will be home...
Happy Christmas25th December 2021 08:34 Another Christmas! They do seem to come around quickly these days. An old Christmas picture again... I really should do a new Christmas set! All I can say is let's hope next year is better. I will be off to Peru in the New Year to avoid the worst of the winter, and do a whole lot of shooting :) I have put up a really special film today. The last film I shot with Galina, the most intense thing I have ever shot (or done, for that matter). I know it's only 5 minutes of porn, but it means a lot to me. I still haven't got over her death, I miss her.
Another One28th November 2021 09:44 I woke up this morning to an inbox full of emails from ccBill. Some egregious little fuckwit had been running through a list of stolen credit card details trying to access the site, and got over 50 denials. Finally he got in... temporarily... the card was accepted, but when they tried to actually take the payment it was rejected. The account & IP address has now been blocked. Seriously... you took hours trying to save yourself less than $20. Get a life, loser. I can't stop people trying this crap, but I always block suspect accounts. It really isn't worth it, you will get a couple of hours access at most.
Travel Advisory11th November 2021 18:15 I'm going away for a little while. I will be travelling for the next couple of days, so I'm putting this weekend's updates up early. I hope to do a couple of shoots, but nothing confirmed yet... As usual, I will keep an eye on things while I'm away as much as possible.
Classic Photos30th October 2021 15:20 In the early days of the site I published a bunch of sets from the '90s which were scans from photos, back from the pre-digital era. I don't have room for all these old photos! So, I've decided to offer them for sale. These are unique photos, either 8x10" or 6x8". I'll sell them for $1 or 75p each + postage (which is less that they would cost to print from negative). If you're interested, email me on artcore-cafe (at) outlook.com and we'll work something out. All the "classic" photos are available. Obviously, there is only one of each!
Perils Of The Junk Folder22nd October 2021 09:17 There haven't been any new members for a couple of weeks, which is unusual. I've been busy on other stuff, and finally got around to investigating last night. In my junk folder I found a very important email from ccBill about new MasterCard regulations - as I hadn't seen it, I hadn't filled in the new form by the deadline, and my abillity to take payments had been blocked! Oh well, all sorted now.
Photos / Movies: The Difference8th October 2021 14:22 As you know, I am really a photographer. I started doing video as several models asked me to shoot some for them at the end of shoots - either customs or for their onlyfans. I thought, OK, I can do this! I personally don't like the relatively big budget videos on major sites, they are far too long (a 25 minute porn video is way too much for me), and would put a hell of a strain on my smalll server! That's why my videos are deliberately around 5 minutes long, and a bit on the scratchy side - I find it makes them more intense & intimate :) The photo sets, on the other hand, can be like that but I usually prefer to concentrate a bit more on the photography than the action. I hope that makes sense!
Flying All Over The Place6th September 2021 17:11 I had a month in Lima, doing so much shooting that I had to buy a new hard drive (raw files off my Q2 are enormous!). Then I spent 3 weeks travelling all over the USA - sadly my proposed shoots there didn't come off, but I saw a lot of baseball and attended to some family business. Finally I had the nightmare flight from hell home from New York courtesy of the remains of Hurricane Ida, I was literally a day late... Anyway, from the point of view of the sites, I have a collosal amount of new material to process, God knows when I will get it all done! 10 new models and 4 old ones! Joha, as usual, was a star. Here she is with a friend of hers called Luisabel.
Well It's Been A Wild Few Weeks6th August 2021 19:48 After a week in isolation in Lima, I have shot pretty much every day! If it all goes to plan, by the time I leave next Sunday night I will have shot 10 new models, and 5 old ones - with several shoots for some of them! Here's the unbelievable Luisabel, from her first ever shoot :) She was fucking herself with a huge carrot (which she brought herself) within 1/2 an hour of the start of the shoot - and she had honestly never done any kind of modelling before!
Sorry About The Down Time20th July 2021 15:46 I agree, it's not good enough, and I am discussing it with the webhost. There seems to be a hardware fault on the server, but it comes on top of the performance issues. They need to do better, and I need to make sure they do!
Well, It's Been A While16th July 2021 15:01 For the first time in over a year I am flying tomorrow! I will be going to Peru & the USA for 6 weeks. I have family business to attend to and will also be doing a lot of shooting :) Most members won't have been around pre-Covid, when I used to travel a lot. Because of time differences & flakey internet in some locations, it is possible that updates will be at funny times. They will arrive eventually, and I will be keeping an eye on the system.
Video Settings13th July 2021 10:33 As you can probably tell, my real skills are as a photographer. I'm kind of learning about video on the job. I've been concerned that my video files are absolutely huge, but I hadn't worked out how to make them smaller without reducing the quality of the video. Well, I signed up for a month on a very high quality porn site (just for research, you understand) and had a good technical root around looking at the videos I'd downloaded. I can now produce videos that are indistinguishable from the originals, but about half the size. You will have old style videos until October as they are already uploaded, from then on they will be smaller. I just wish I had worked this all out before doing the huge re-upload of the whole site earlier in the year!
Nearly Fixed23rd June 2021 11:01 The performance issue isn't entirely fixed, but it is a lot better. I've removed the captchas on the various IP addresses that were hammering the site with ripping software. I will see how it goes - if it causes problems I will reimpose them.
Sorry About That16th June 2021 10:00 The whole webhost was down for most of yesterday. It does occasionally happen. If it had been down for more than a day I would have gone through all the members and extended them (I've done that before). Anyway, it's back now! They hope to fix the switch that is causing the performance issue today - but they've said that before!
Step Back A While14th June 2021 17:38 An old friend is very seriously ill, I have to do some stuff to help her out. I probably won't shoot for the next month or so... I did a load of shoots over the last 3 weeks, so there is plenty to process. Don't worry, you will still get all the scheduled updates :)
Let Me Explain4th June 2021 09:55 There is an ongoing issue in the data centre. They are working on it - I'm not thrilled by this, but there isn't a lot I can do about it. This doesn't affect the speed of the site, but it does affect the capacity. Normal manual access is fine, but the sites won't cope with people running site ripping software at the moment - these can make dozens of connections, all downloading zip files & videos at the same time. My experience is that people who use this software aren't really accessing the site for their own use, they are just downloading everything as quickly as possible so that they can upload it to pirate forums, so I don't exactly have a lot of sympathy. When I spot these types of connections I will have to impose a captcha on that IP address to keep the system running. If necessary I will block access. Update 8th June 13:14: The webhost has promised to get it fixed this weekend - then again, they promised me last weekend too! Let's hope!