Thoughts, Musings, News About The Site And My PhotographyIf you have any questions, comments, suggestions, please email me on artcore-cafe (at) outlook.com and I will try to answer.
Stop Age Verification*** Sticky *** This may not be the place for politics, but... Our stupid, cretinous, conservative government has passed a law mandating age verification for all adult sites. See Here: Stop Age Verification. All in the name of "protecting children". Of course, it will do nothing of the sort. However, if implemented in its current form, it will make it completely uneconomic for small independent sites such as this to allow access from the UK (where about 1/2 the members come from). Of course, the more computer literate of you can get around it with a vpn (if you don't know how to do this, ask one of the children who are supposed to be "protected" by this stupidity. They all know!) Anyway, it may still be possible to block this, or at least reduce the worst effects. Please visit Stop Age Verification. There is a stack of advice there. Write to your MP and to the BBFC. I have!
Globetrotting Me11th May 2018 18:57 I have a couple of weeks of serious travelling, visiting North & South America. I will have virtually no internet access, so I've put up all the updates now :) I will do my best to monitor the site.
Apologies For The Service Disruption29th April 2018 22:40 Some scumbags mounted a distributed denial of service attack on the webhosts. I have put up a couple of bonus sets, and will extend all the non-renewing members by a few days. Any renewals that would have been processed during the outage won't have got through to the site. I'll try to sort it out by hand. If your renewal has failed, email me on artcore-cafe (at) outlook.com and I'll fix it asap.
Travel Again13th April 2018 18:29 I'm off to Paris this weekend for a holiday, and next weekend I'm in Prague for a lot of shooting :) So, each time, I will put up the weekends updates before I go. And... after several false starts over the last couple of years, Natalia & I finally got it together as you can see!
A Backbreaking Day18th March 2018 17:11 I had an amazing shoot with a new model, Casey, today... as you can see :) What a journey though! Right across London, with all my lighting gear, in the snow, with engineering works meaning the station at the other end was shut and I had to get a rail-replacement bus... then the bus driver decided not to stop at the right place so I had to walk a mile back in the snow... and then I found the apartment Casey was renting was owned by a photographer and was full of lights! I could have gone with just the camera in my pocket! Oh well... You can guess I'll be back!
Off To Porto8th March 2018 17:49 Got some work to do... So, as usual, I've put the Sunday's update early.
Lovely Weather For It1st March 2018 18:17 Man, it's cold out... Rana & Medusa have had to cancel as Rome airport is shut... We hope to reschedule for June. If it's snowing then, we're all fucked. Hopefully Jess will be able to make it on Saturday, at least for her it's just a tube ride!
An Honorary Woman24th February 2018 10:51 Kayla has been here for a few days, she's just left. Karlie came over yesterday morning with a photographer to shoot some content. Once that was finished, we were supposed to do some stuff together. However, when they got together they went into overdrive, ranting about boyfriends, photographers, and men in general. Kind of like I wasn't there... I think they thought I was some sort of honorary woman. In the end, I went into the living room to watch the rugby and we never did shoot anything!
Web Design28th January 2018 12:37 I saw an amusing comment about the design of the site... I know the text is big and it all looks simple - for a photographer my eyesight is pretty poor and I often find site navigation difficult. Some really big websites are an absolute pain for me. I designed a site I can use! Here's French Chloe. No less that 8 years ago we had to cancel a shoot at the last minute due to engineering work on the District line. Well, we finally did get it together, yesterday :)
Another Travel Advisory :)13th January 2018 11:17 Off to Lima in a minute to see Su for a week :) I've put the next week's updates up early to save carrying computer gear half way across the world. In other news, I had this idea to rework some of the oldest material - I have much better photoshopping tools & skills now that I did 4 years ago. I will publish 1 reworked set a month or so. But, when I was looking through my archives, I found a load of largely unpublished stuff from Xi Zhou & Jasmine Lola! Odd pictures have been published in some early sets, but there is plenty of unused material. Xi's sets in particular are short sets, as I spent a whole day with her when I got my Leica M in 2013 experimenting without any intention of publishing them, but they are still worth seeing. Watch this space...
New Members Area Complete7th January 2018 10:32 The new members area is complete. I have some behind the scenes tidying up to do, then I can get on with some more interesting stuff! Like, you know, looking at pictures of Heidi Romanova...
New Members Area With Zip Files3rd January 2018 18:41 Here comes the new members area. It's a simpler design for me to maintain and won't cause a big problem if something gets corrupted. I am trialling zip files, I need to see if they significantly increase the load on the server, and if it causes problems with piracy. Now... Piracy... If you post my material on forums for others to download, that is piracy and it is illegal. You're not "sticking it to the man", you are sticking it to the performers. 10 years ago porn performers would get £1000 a scene + a bonus for extreme stuff, now they get £300 a scene and have to do everything to get that. Real people, many of them friends of mine, suffer because of piracy. Don't pretend that there is no victim here, there is. Anyway, rant over... if I find significant piracy I will simply remove the zip files - it will take about 5 minutes to do. Happy New Year!
Wishing You All A Happy Christmas23rd December 07:34 I'm off to spend Christmas in the sun, so I've put up the next few updates early. I won't be able to check the site, so if anything goes wrong email me on artcore-cafe (at) outlook.com and I'll contact the hosts. When I get back, there will be one more update this year, and then I'll be launching the new members area, with zip files :)
An Unexpected Treat7th December 05:47 Sometimes I arrange shoots well in advance, sometimes at short notice... Sazze contacted me Tuesday, we shot Wednesday :) She's a lovely czech model over here for a few days. She's welcome anytime!
Its Getting Ridulous Now!20th November 17:34 The root disk of the server has filled up, so the membership database won't run. This means you can't join, renewals don't work, and sometimes you can't even log in. I'm working my arse off to fix it! Update - Fixed :)))) I'm not sure how long the membership database was down. If your membership doesn't renew correctly, drop me a line on artcore-cafe (at) outlook.com and I'll fix it manually.
Nearly Done20th November 09:02 The members area has been moved, and updates now all work correctly. Just in time! I just have a few more bits of tidying to do. I am designing a new members area, which will be made up of smaller projects, so if one gets corrupted I won't have to go through this again! Also, I may be able to include zip file downloads, which I know a lot of poeple want. Designing it is one thing, working out a simple implementation which is easy to maintain is quite another! And here's Kittie from our last shoot :)
Work Progressing15th November 19:07 As you may have noticed, I've moved all the 2016 updates to the archive. This is to make the upload of the new members area a lot quicker - it will be pretty much impossible for me to publish new material while I'm doing the upload. I've put up tomorrow's and Sunday's early, to give me a clear week to get the upload done. Let's hope it works!
Update Problem10th November 06:44 I have a plan to fix everything. It isn't easy, and I have to complete it by the end of November as the manual hacking I'm doing to keep it running won't work after that. So, updates over the next couple of weeks will be at funny times so I can do the massive upload as efficiently as possible.
An Afternoon With Heather May5th November 21:05 I had a very pleasant afternoon shooting with Heather May at the Hacienda. Then at home I investigated the corruption problem. To use the technical computing term, it's all utterly fucked. I think I can manually hack the members area index file for the next couple of weeks to make each new update visible, in the mean time I'm going to have to upload the entire member's area (all 143GB!) to a different location, then change all the links, and finally delete the old one. All before the end of the month when I have to schedule the next load of updates... And I do have to earn a living at the same time!
Update Problem5th November 08:35 There seems to be a corruption somewhere, and I can't get the members area to upload. You can see the new updates by going to the model's page in the members area and clicking the link from there. Apologies for the inconvenience. This might be difficult to fix!
Davina Again28th October 19:39 I had a shoot with lovely Davina again this morning. I may see her in Prague next year... Its a busy weekend. Rugby this afternoon, Tomoko tomorrow!
More Travel5th October 20:13 Off to Barcelona for the weekend, so I've put up Sunday's update early. Hopefully they won't declare independence and start a war before I get home! And here's another flood at my place in Costa Rica. Like it or not, climate change is real...
All Done!1st October 2017 14:45 We now have a 2TB drive... that should last a while :)
We're Having Another Go Saturday27th September 2017 18:32 The service providers think they've fixed the problems, so the site will be down most of Saturday while we try the upgrade again.
Oh Dear24th September 2017 22:44 The upgrade failed. After the whole day banging heads we have given up and gone back to the old drive. We'll try again next weekend.
Building Work14th September 2017 18:44 When I get home next week, we'll finally be doing a long-awaited hardware upgrade. The site will be down for a day or so, probably on Saturday 23rd, maybe a day or so later. There's so much material I need more disk space!
A Whole Lot Of Travel31st August 2017 19:14 Over the next 3 weekends I am in Milan, Lima & Greece. It's a tough life, but someone has to do it :) Anyway, to save hassle while I'm away, I will be posting all the updates due up before I go on each trip
A Nice Shoot. The Rest Of The Day Though...19th August 2017 19:31 A really cool shoot down at Scarlet Door with Ecce & Jezebelle. Then the day went wrong... I just spent hours chasing around South London trying to find a fuse for the battery charger for my car. Why is this so difficult? Then I had to buy 2! Why? The first one lasted 16 years. Do they really think I'll be able to find the second one in 16 years time when I need it? Oh well. Ecce & Jezebelle were lovely :)
Well That Was A Pain6th August 2017 09:31 Sorry about the outage there... The hosts had to change the IP address of my server suddenly. Not their fault, but it just shouldn't have happened. If I'd had notice, I could have set the DNS mappings up so it would have been more or less seamless... Anyway it's all back now. I've put up 4 bonus sets to make it up :) I have a suspicion that there may be an issue with renewals for a while... the server Zombaio uses for renewals seems to cache IP addresses, so the renewal messages may not reach my server... Just email me on artcore-cafe (at) outlook.com and I'll sort it out :)
Sorry Rana!22nd July 2017 12:35 I'm normally up with the lark. However, since getting back from the US on Monday I have been feeling really rough. Poor Rana turned up for a shoot at 8am, and I was bumping into things! The bare minimum for a photographer is to point the camera in the general direction of the model, and not fall over. I managed the first of those! Oh well, I'll see her again later in the year. I'll try to be awake this time!