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Diary: Portrait of a Swinger

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Diary: Sandra. Portrait of a Swinger

 

Photography and Text by Tony Ward

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Diary: Portrait of a Swinger

Sandra had a nice modern apartment in the town of St. Pauli a neighborhood that contains the infamous Red Light District of Hamburg, Germany. I knew this neighborhood well,  easily finding her place within walking distance from the Monopol Hotel, located on the Reeperbahn in the same neighborhood.  She was located on the top floor of a 5 story building with roof access and lots of skylights. From her location you could simply walk onto her balcony and listen to the cat calls, as the hookers lined along the Herberstrase in plain sight of the St. Pauli police station.  Yes. Prostitution is legal in Germany. Sandra’s apartment provided a comforting setting to light her portrait. I shot on a big red contemporary sofa just off of her nicely appointed bedroom. I used a combination of high ISO with cross processed film, available window light added most of the fill with my ever present ring flash. Sandra pulled clothes from her own wardrobe dressing herself up like when she and her husband invite another couple over for a night of play.  She exuded a classic sex appeal with a mixture of Asian and German looks with perfectly sculpted high cheek bones and a perfectly balanced frame with big hair. She exuded a vibe as if she were ready to please.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Jean Ward: Happy Mother’s Day!

Photography by Milt Ward, Circa 1960’s

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Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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I remember the beautiful summer days in Atlantic City, New Jersey with my mom when I was just a little boy.  My father, Milt Ward was the family chronicler as he always kept his camera nearby for special occasion’s like this. Seeing my mother with wind blown hair and sand on her skin must have made him glow in the sun as  he witnessed the happiness of his great pride and joy.  Happy Mother’s Day mom and to all of the other great mother’s in the world!

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Diary: Two Girls From St. Petersburg in Paris

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Two Girls From St. Petersburg in Paris

 

 

Photography & Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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DIARY: TWO GIRLS FROM ST. PETERSBURG IN PARIS

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I was fortunate to meet Natasha on one of my numerous trips to Paris.  This Russian born model with exquisite taste selected a finely tailored (French) pink lingerie ensemble with a short red wig that fit her angular bone structure perfectly.  It was the late 1990’s, a time in which I was producing a series of pictures for my erotic books and Penthouse Magazine.  I met Natasha through a book shop owner that was located in the Marais district. She was already an experienced model by the time we met, having worked with several prominent French photographers I had come to know. Since she was highly recommended by my colleagues, I was confident our collaboration wouldn’t be in vein. Our first meeting was delightful (she spoke excellent English) as we laid the groundwork for what would become several years of collaboration whenever I arrived in town for a book signing, an exhibit or to make new erotic pictures.  She was a muse. On this particular visit, I checked in to the Hotel Regina, one of my favorite places to reside in the 1st Arrondissement. I was shooting for Penthouse. No expense would be sparred with regards to hotel accommodations.  The suites were expensive, but it was well worth the investment. Bob Guccione, owner, publisher of Penthouse, patron of the arts loved the look of rich, and expensive. He would pay handsomely for that look it if he liked your work and you knew how to deliver the goods.

The suite I reserved at the Hotel Regina featured a view of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre which was just across the street and the Tuileries garden.  It had a small balcony where you could step out and affirm that you were in the heart of Paris, as the motorist sped down the famous Rue de Rivoli into the wee hours of the morning.  It was a fitting setting for what would take place in the elegantly appointed 19th century decor environment throughout the day between Natasha and her friend from their hometown in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Angelina, arrived at the suite with long brown hair tied back in a ponytail. She was new to the city of lights and if memory serves me correctly, I was the first photographer to photograph her nude since she was new to photographers who worked within the erotic milieu.  Angelina was a little timid at first. She felt more confident and at ease with her sensuality when Natasha, an experienced nude model, expertly steered her to the extremes of homoerotic pleasure. 

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Diary: Rooftop With a View of Beauty

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Rooftop With a View

 

 

Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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DIARY: ROOFTOP WITH A VIEW OF BEAUTY

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It was an unusually clear and cheerfully sunny day in Amsterdam when I called upon a local modeling agency that I was working with to cast models for an upcoming book project.  The agency sent over a  21 year old Dutch beauty for the casting. After a brief talk with the new subject in my apartment, we proceeded up a crawl space  via a  narrow set of wooden stairs to the rooftop of the building that overlooked the Warmoesstraat, a bustling street in the Red Light district of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, loaded with tourists from all walks of life as they window shopped for prostitutes who were legally selling sex for a fee down on the famous street below.  Fortunately, the roof of my apartment was on the top floor of a street that ran perpendicular to the Warmoesstraat.  The model and I felt secluded from the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood teeming with sex seekers even though one could easily here the constant negotiations that were underway by the tourists who were soliciting the “window girls” down below.

Dutch women in general seem to be more comfortable with their beauty and sexuality as was the case with this lovely young native who innocently laid on a steel girder that was often used by tenet’s in our building  to hoist large pieces of furniture up to and through the windows of the old apartment complex. The small winding staircases so common to Dutch apartment dwellings in this section of town made it nearly impossible to deliver large pieces of furniture into the comfort of one’s home without the use of a hoist and a large open window. On this day the girder served a much more noble purpose. The locals in the vicinity who lived in taller apartment buildings benefited by the castings that took place on my rooftop on days when the weather put everyone in the neighborhood at ease, and in the mood to enjoy the simplest pleasures of man and his irresistible nature to enjoy beauty.

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Diary: My First Shoot With Alice

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Alice Chaillou: Paris

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Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017
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DIARY: MY FIRST SHOOT WITH ALICE

Like many of the people we meet on social media we sometimes wonder if we will ever get a chance to meet our newly discovered cyber friends. Alice and I became acquainted on Facebook in the fall of 2014. Our communications took place over a period of several months. I mentioned in one of the correspondences that I was planning a visit to Paris to meet with my dealer, Pascal Vanhoecke who was storing a portfolio of prints at his gallery in Cachan. Alice and I looked forward to meeting in person, and so we arranged a photo shoot at the Alba Opera Hotel in the heart of Paris, where she was working as a receptionist. Alice’s friendship with the hotel’s owner enabled her to book a quaint room for me to stay in overlooking the old cobblestoned street in front of the hotel where Louis Armstrong lived for a year early in his career.

In anticipation of my visit, the accomodating hotel owner sectioned off a part of the hotel’s ground floor for us to photograph in. The full series of pictures from Alice at the Alba Opera Hotel can be seen exclusively by membership . To become a Club, Box or Executive member of TWE, sign up here: http://tonywarderotica.com/category/membership-account/

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