New Nude City (1)
Was a member approx. 1 month prior to this review.
||- Good diversity of models; most (if not all) natural
- Plenty of unshaved models (a pro for me, at least)
- Lots of nylons and sheer underwear
- Interesting mix of amateur and glamour styles
- Good value with no regional bias on price
||- Undated content - no idea if updating (suspect not)
- Pictures fairly low res; videos derisorily so
- Some sets continuations of a previous one
- Some models' sets mixed with others; or some duplicate sets
- Bad lighting may be a turn-off for some
- Quite a few teen models (I know a pro for many!)
- A couple of fetishes which don't appeal
- No zip sets
||New Nude City is the last of a few sites I've been meaning to join for ages, and finally got round to trying it. It features the work of Richard Kern; one-time underground filmmaker, latterly occasional music video director and more often nude photographer; I'm quite a fan of his photographs, owning a couple of his published books, and so wanted to take a look at his site.
There are approx 170 models here, almost all of them exclusive, amateur girls; I only happened across three I recognised - Joanna Angel, Karlie Montana and a very young Sasha Grey. Roughly 700 photo sets of 20-120 pictures, maybe 50 as an average; and resolution is fairly low at 1400px. No zip sets, but downloading a set with a manager - I use DownThemAll - is very straightforward so I do not penalise the site for that. Sets are not dated, so there's no way to know if the site is being updated - I suspect not since the total picture count on the home page did not seem to change while I was a member; but the material stretches back over ten years; I recognise some from the books I have. The material is only moderately explicit; there are plenty of spread legs, but only a few sets feature fingers or toys being inserted. There are also some girl-girl sets, but most of the content is solo.
The theme of the site - the city - sees the sets split into categories named after New York areas - Soho, Greenwich, Wall street, etc. I apologise to Mr Kern if I'm missing the point here, but this seems entirely a conceit; I couldn't see any commonality within each category and some sets continue a single shoot but in a different category. There is a model index, though - with a brief bio paragraph of each girl, which is interesting - and a more traditional theme index allowing you to search on eg panties, nylons, blondes, etc. There is a very clear divide into two broad themes, though, even though the site doesn't define it that way; it is probably a by-product of Kern's magazine work - photos from which I suspect feature heavily on this site - having, I believe, shot for Barely Legal and Leg Show.
The first theme, then, is younger amateur girls. Normally I prefer older models and there are a number of models here who are just too young - and too young-looking - for my taste. Having said that, they are interesting; we see them not only posing for the camera; but in the kitchen, brushing their teeth, eating or drinking. Combined with the locations - very ordinary apartments, perhaps the models' own (some are quite messy!) and hotel rooms, there is an intimacy that you don't get with more slick material. All of the models look engaged, as if they are having fun - Kern definitely gets the best out of them. Most sets feature clothing of some sort - again, usually prosaic, apart from the fact that (like me) Kern has a fetish for and fixation with panties, especially the sheer kind - you'll see lots here. Sometimes the lighting is not good; but because of the nature of the pictures, it's forgiven, this isn't a sight that you judge on mere technical prowess, and it fits in with the underground/amateur feel.
Then there are the more glamorous sets; featuring girls with a bit more make-up, perhaps a little older, usually a a bit better lit - and focused more on legs, nylons and lingerie, and more pin-up style poses. There are also a few other fetishes in the mix - eg bondage, smoking, peeing; these don't necessarily work for me but are in the minority. Although they are a bit more glam, they retain the same feel as the amateur girls - the girls are still natural, and engaged with the photographer... and still fixated on sheer bras and panties. Granted, some are a bit dated and look like retro magazine shoots - likely because that's what they are - but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The split between these two themes is roughy equal; I saved a similar number of sets in each - and although some models appear in both kinds of set, the majority are either one or the other.
I haven't yet mentioned the videos - the site states 136 available. The theme is similar, although there are some slightly more explicit ones featuring masturbation and toys. I like the feel of them, the way they are shot... but they are let down technically even more than the pictures, being only a couple of minutes long, and just too small - some at approx 640x360, some at 400x300. The graininess of them fits in with the theme of the site... but they really need to be bigger.
This is another tricky one to score; for me it's very much like Ed Fox's Foot Factory - I love the material, it's unique, quirky and appealing; but let down a bit by low resolution pictures and lack of updates. I'll therefore give it the same score; and say it's definitely recommended - but if you do want something a bit different, I'd suggest Juliland first, which wins over mainly in technical quality and update frequency.
Reply To Review