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I am really starting to dislike Facebook

I have many reasons that I won’t get into now. What’s really setting me off is the constant intrusion of its moderators into my account that has once again resulted in my being blocked from “making friends”– this time for thirty days. This is laughable considering that I haven’t tried to make one new friend for at least 30 days. So, without getting into the many other reasons for disliking Facebook I am going to take a stab at why Facebook’s moderators might have singled me out as a target.

I just returned to Thailand from a two week business trip in the U.S. and while there I tried to log into my Facebook account. I couldn’t, even though I supplied my correct e-mail address and password. Instead of being allowed to access my account I was besieged with several lists of questions along the lines of “Do you know this person, do you know that person”? Accompanying the questions would be a group of photos I could choose from identifying my choices, all of whom I assume were among my 219 friends on my facebook page. To tell you the truth, I couldn’t identify many of them. So I was unable to log into my facebook account until I returned to my condo here in Thailand where I learned that once again I’ve been barred from making new friends, this time for 30 days, with a final warning that I’d soon be permanently barred from adding new friends if the powers that be at Facebook continued to receive complaints about me. Now, I’d really like to know how I could have ever committed a single action in Facebook that would invite condemnation from its moderators if I couldn’t log into my account in the first place?

I can only conjecture at what might have happened here. My best guess is that when I tried to log into Facebook from the U.S. that Facebook recognized that I was trying to log in from a country I don’t normally log in from, flagged me, and then started its grand inquisition to determine whether or not I was the real Jack Corbett. And then when I replied that I didn’t know most of the “friends” through Facebook’s line of questioning, the moderators then asked these “friends of mine” if they knew me or not. Well, to tell you the truth, I was really getting pretty upset with Facebook through putting me through this inquisition in the first place and if I were someone on my friend’s list who was getting the same intrusion from Facebook’s moderators I’d be getting pretty upset also. I just might blame Jack Corbett for putting me through all the unasked for questioning.

So how did I wind up with so many friends who I really don’t know? First off, if it wasn’t for my having a web site and Google I wouldn’t be on Facebook at all. However, as anyone who’s trying his best at improving a web site’s ratings at Google knows, it’s good to get an account at Facebook and once in Facebook any web site administrator who’s worth his salt needs to identify Facebook users who can benefit from his web site and enlist those users as friends. For example, when I go to my control panel at Hostgator which hosts my domain, I can go to SEO tools which I can then use to advice on how to improve my web site’s visibility in the search engines. Then under SEO tips, I can click on the following links at Hostgator 1. Getting started Guide, 2. SEO in 10 Easy Steps, 3. Writing Meta Tags, 4. Using Twitter to Promote Your web site, 5. Using Facebook to promote your web site, 6. Google’s Self Starter Guide, 7. Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. Hostgator, which I regard as the absolute world’s best web hosting provider also recommends SEO gears to improve its customers web sites search ability, and SEO Gears also shows how Facebook can be used to gain a larger audience for one’s web site.

So off I went to Facebook to get an account, design my Facebook page and to find those who might benefit from my web site here at Alphapro. My first step was to try and find out which Facebook users might benefit from my web site, and what’s provided there. But even before that it was important for me to identify exactly what pages on my web site might be of value for any friends I might make on Facebook. What immediately stood in my mind were the Uncle Bufford Walking Street, Uncle Bufford Naklua Bar, and Uncle Bufford Soi Six Bar Reviews. Another was my You Tube Video channel which currently has 452 subscribers and nearly one million three hundred thousand views of over 35 videos, most of which focus on Thailand’s bars but which also include vacation destinations in Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia. Obviously if I’ve had nearly 1,300,000 views of my Southeast Asian videos, I would think a lot Facebook members would be interested in my content as well. That is, provided I could identify those Facebook members who have a lot in common with the content of my web site. I have also written and published four books, one of which, “Welcome to the Fun House” is all about Pattaya and expats like me who live there. In fact, while writing “Welcome to the Fun House,” I served on a three man committee that was placed in charge of running my condo building and directing the Thai staff, and for several months I was running the building all by myself when one of my fellow committee members quit, another left for a prolonged visit to the U.S. and our hapless Thai manager quit without giving any advanced notice whatsoever. So there I was trying to run our condo building without having a single committee member to help me, without a Thai manager, in clear violation of Thailand’s condo rules and regulations that specified that one had to have at least 50 % of all committee present to be legally run the place. After all that, and writing a book about some of my experiences I felt that yes….I had a lot of inside information very few people had and of those who did, none of them had ever written about it in a book before.

So where to start at Facebook? Obviously with so much of my You Tube content stemming from Pattaya’s bars and my Uncle Bufford Soi Six, Naklua Bar, and Walking Street bar reviews focusing on bars, I would think that customers frequenting these bars might be interested in those portions of my web site centering around those bars along with similar bars. It was a no brainer then for me to seek out go go bars on Walking Street that have accounts with Facebook. I found that Sapphires Go Go had a page at Facebook so I asked Paul Sapphire to be one of my first friends at Facebook. I then found that several Pattaya Soi Six Bars had accounts at Facebook so I added those bars to my list of friend’s requests. Finally I found that the Leo Bar in Naklua had an account at Facebook so I became friends of the Leo Bar, which is less than a mile from my condo and whose owner, Leo, I consider a personal friend of mine.

Okay–since I go to all of these bars which I recently added as friends and which accepted me as their friend, my next step was to approach the friends of these bars to see if they wanted to be “my friend”. I felt that the friends of any of these bars were either customers of the bars or Thai women who worked in them. It must also be kept in mind that many of these customers were men who like myself are expats who live here in Pattaya and who therefore are most likely not interested in what I might have to say about the area’s bars but also in the motorbikes I review, the restaurants I recommend, the hotels I stay at in my Southeast Asian travel experiences, or even where I feel is the best place here in Pattaya to get a watch or a computer repaired. So even though I didn’t personally know most of the people I requested friendships with, I felt that most of them would welcome my requests since we no doubt had a lot in common with each other, and I for one, was supplying a lot of good free content on a variety of subjects they were most likely to be interested in.

The problem started when I put in too many requests for friends too quickly. And that’s when the Facebook moderation team started to notice me. I think that eventually nearly all those I asked to be my friends eventually accepted my requests. I now stand at 219 friends and I seriously doubt if I made many more friends requests than that. Hell, I couldn’t even if I wanted to. Because it didn’t take any more than a week for the moderators to put a one week injunction on me that denied me the ability to make any more new friends. And when that initial one week moratorium passed, I slowed way down in adding any new friends. Even so, it didn’t take very long for me to accumulate 195 friends, and once I had 195 friends I said to myself, “That’s enough.” From that point on, the only friends I added were those who asked me to be their friends. The difference between 195 and 219 was not only made up by those who specifically requested me to be their friends but also those who initially ignored my friendship requests to them.

Actually I’ve been pretty dormant over at Facebook for the past month and a half or two months. I’ve put several more videos up over at You Tube and those have appeared on my Facebook page, and I’ve also done several new articles here in my blog which also appeared on my Facebook page.

I’m about 50-50 between deleting my account over at Facebook and keeping it. I have been able to reconnect with Lollytopps because of Facebook after being out of touch ever since I moved to Thailand. Lollytops is one of my models in “Extreme Guns and Babes for an Adult World” having posed with a Russian SKS rifle for one of my Xtreme Weapons articles. A feature entertainer traveling across the United States who competed at M.S. Texas pageants in Abilene and Wichita Falls, Nudes-A-Poppin and other adult events I covered as a writer and photographer, Lolly Tops suddenly dropped out of the U.S. adult entertainment world just as I had. Our being able to suddenly contact each other after all these years resulted in a two hour phone call during which Lolly Tops also put me in touch through Facebook with another adult photographer, who both of us had the highest regard for. I don’t know if Bob is seeing or reading any of my posts that appear on my Facebook page or not or if he’s gone to any of my you tube links. Hopefully he has. In any case, it’s possible others might eventually find me at Facebook who I’ve lost track of who might never think about trying to track me through a web site.

But—I just got another email from Facebook asking me if I knew Richard____, Bryon_____, or Trevor______, Carline clubredhot, etc. I don’t know any of them. Facebook’s supplied links to each of them so I suppose I can now request them to be my friends. Can I? Will I? I don’t know. Carline appears to be or to have been a stripper and I had a lot of stripper friends. Perhaps Carline knows Lollytopps or Bob, my adult photographer friend. But perhaps Carline will complain to Facebook which will then permanently cut me off from making new friends. After all just two days ago I was getting messages from Facebook informing me I could not make new friends for 30 days and that I was about to be suspended permanently.

Should I or shouldn’t? Will I arise the wrath of the powers that be over at Facebook? Let’s see, Carline is from Wyoming, and on my web site I have the Jack Corbett Guide to Topless Clubs. But of course I have listings for Wyoming. Perhaps Carline would like me to add her club to my list or if I already have listed her club she would like me to change my listing for Club Red Hot. After all, I keep getting such requests from topless clubs across the U.S. from club owners, managers, web site designers and adult entertainers who I’ve never met before and I have never turned any of them into Facebook. But what’s really ironical is when I keep getting requests from strippers across the United States asking me for a job and here I’m living all the way over here in Thailand 8000 miles away.

The truth is my web site over here at Alpha Pro’s been around for over s15 years and in that time it’s grown to encompass a lot of web pages that must be close to 1000 now. There’s one helluva lot of information there, and now that its emphasis has switched over to Thailand from the American Adult Entertainment scene, I would think a lot of Facebook members can get a lot of useful information there. But I won’t be spending a lot of time over at Facebook. It will be spent a lot more productively here at Alphapro where I don’t have to put up with a lot of nonsense and I have the freedom to create and distribute whatever I want.

Adult Photographers are the True Artists of today

at Nudes-A-PoppinForgive me if in my previous post I have seemed to be condescending towards the adult photographers shooting next to me. Some of them were, I believe, far superior to me when it came to doing studio photography. Certainly they had much more experience doing it than I did. Furthermore, they made their living this way, whereas I did a bit of everything–doing the writing, shooting pictures, polishing up my images, doing web site work–so I found myself a jack of all trades yet a master of none. Nevertheless, as I mentioned in my last post, ironically the best of my colleagues were oftentimes put at the greatest disadvantage when it came to doing the best stage action photography. And the most highly paid among them were the ones that were at the greatest disadvantage. I could shoot a thousand pictures in a single evening of entertainers doing their shows, edit the images myself using a graphics arts program and send them directly off to whoever I wanted to–for instance Xtreme Magazine or the Pure Talent Agency using the Internet, and I could even show off my pictures to the entertainers on my laptop between their shows right in the night club. But the best photographers near me had to send their negatives to the magazines they were shooting for or have them developed elsewhere which was a slow lengthy process during which they gave up control of what their final output was to become. Most of them wanted the latest digital pro cameras but found themselves stymied by the outmoded technology victimizing them. Later they’d be capitalizing on the new digital high tech with a vengeance. One of them would later start carrying around not one but two Nikon D-1 x’s just like mine while another, who I had a huge amount of respect for, was just starting to get into digital by the time I was moving to Thailand. But whenever I start thinking back of the men shooting near me in all those night clubs I keep fondly remembering him. He was a real pro, who made a good living by his photography alone whereas I was making my living farming of all things and was only doing my writing and photography as a lark.

I remember back a long time ago before I knew better ogling all those erotic fully naked glossies in the magazine he was shooting for. Back then I could visualize the photographer who actually did the work. The man was dark headed, slender but with a muscular build, and he had beady eyes because only someone like that could produce such pictures. Later, I’d find myself working side by side with him, and not just once, but many many times although never enough. The picture accompanying this post was taken of me and a girl I had never met before at Nudes-A-Poppin. There are a hundred female and male entertainers all around me in the swimming pool area where Sunday’s shows are being performed. The Nudes-A-Poppin pageant is a two day affair with the competitions being held on a large outdoor stage next to the pool. If you look closely you might be able to see a fence on the perimeter of this pool area. There is a crowd of paying customers just outside this fenced in area. I think it costs them $50.00 a person to get into the Ponderosa Sun Ranch. Ponderosa Sun Ranch is a nudist colony, but one weekend per year it hosts the Nudes-A-Poppin festivities. That is me pretending to fall asleep in the pretty girl’s lap. I am within the fenced in perimeter which means that I’ve not paid a dime to be here for one thing. The customers outside the fence are allowed to come onto the Ponderosa Sun Ranch property only on Sunday. The rest of us have been here since 6:30 on Saturday morning. On both Saturday and Sunday mornings our day starts off with entering a small outbuilding on the property where we will spend the next four or five hours doing our release work. There’s only four or five photographers in the building, and I’m one of them. Bob’s standing next to me. He’s the guru among us. He’s the old pro, so if we have any questions, he’s the man we will ask.

The entertainers will start entering this outbuilding from around 7 a.m. on so we have to be here until 11 or 12. Since there are to be no competitions until Sunday, this leaves all of us free to simply wander around the place taking pictures or just getting to know people. Bob will be our fearless leader. All the entertainers know him. After all he’s been shooting their pictures for years and has developed quite a following. The more prominent among them have been in his private photography studio at least once. He’s far from being the beady eyed, dark headed predator I had imagined when I used to ogle his stimulating pictures in the magazine he was shooting for. His hair has long ago started to grey, and he’s probably not as slender as he used to be. He is soft spoken and very accommodating. One cannot help liking him.

Upon entering this small building all entertainers must produce at least two id’s which will verify who they are and that they are over 18. There are four or five people working for the Ponderosa Sun Ranch who are here to assist the entertainers and to make sure that all the release work gets done properly. There’s a row of several long tables where the entertainers now sit. Here they have to fill out their paperwork. Bob and I and the other photographers each have over one hundred releases handy. At this point each of us must make sure that someone gives each entertainer a copy of our magazine’s release. A copy of each entertainer’s id’s is made and this submitted to the people in charge. My release has a space on it for the id number which is usually the person’s driver’s license. Each entertainer must now completely fill out five or six releases, which include mine and Bob’s. Once an entertainer fills out all her releases and gets up from the table it is our job to shoot pictures of her. Bob might be the first, or it might be me or someone else. But we all work together so that the whole process goes like clockwork. When it’s my turn to take an entertainer’s picture I have her place the Xtreme Magazine release up in front of her (but not in front of her face. She also must show her number which identifies her when she’s up on stage the next day or even if she’s having her pictures taken as she wanders around the place.

I enjoy the company of the other photographers around me and as I have already mentioned there’s only four or five of us. Outside the building the entertainers will be meeting a few other photographers all of whom have been carefully screened by Scarlet, who is the owner of the Nudes-A-Poppin pageant. Either that or it’s her parents who technically own it along with the Nudist Camp, but one can be sure that it’s Scarlett who’s the ramrod. And you don’t just show up here expecting to shoot pictures. It is up to Scarlett to determine whether you are worthy or not. Her primary criterion is that she has to think that you are able to provide Nudes-A-Poppin with some rather significant publicity. I’ve been here before, the first time covering Nudes-A-Poppin for Exotic Dancer Publications and Xtreme Magazine after that. Looking back on it all, I feel that I was among the elite of the elite. Only four or five photographers get to do their release work inside the little building, and I’m working side by side with Bob who’s simply one of the best. One can just imagine the prestige a photographer gets with all the entertainers just by being with such a small group.

Since there’s no entertainment scheduled once the release work is completed, the other photographers and I accompany Bob, who’s become our unofficial fearless leader, in a pilgrimage about the place. For the next hour or two Bob assembles groups of entertainers for group photos. There’s also outdoor games the women participate in. By mid-afternoon most of us are hungry so we wind up wandering off in our cars in small groups to visit various restaurants throughout the area. That’s how I found Dirty Heather. She had ridden down with two men from Iowa. One of them would eventually end up shooting Pure Talent’s showcases about the time I had finished shooting them. They invited me to accompany them to lunch at the Olive Garden, two girls were with them, so that’s how I started getting to know Heather pretty well.

One thing about Nudes-A-Poppin. It’s held at a nudist colony for one thing so the nudist colony’s rules must be religiously adhered to. One of the rules is there’s no swimming in the colony’s pool unless one is completely nude. On at least two occasions I found myself in a group of men and women completely naked in the pool drinking with the people around me. One time it was with Bob and several of the other photographers along with several very well known feature entertainers; the other time it was with several attractive unknown strippers who just happened to have the hotel room next to mine.

Now I don’t know if this is another rule or not, but I’ve heard that hard ons are not allowed on the Ponderosa Sun Ranch’s property, at least not in public. If true, I don’t know what the nudist colony does with the offending member. Does it chop it off or does it expel its host from the community? I will say that I’ve never been physically stimulated in a single one of my several visits there as a photographer. Of course we photographers are always fully clothed at Nudes-A-Poppin except when we are in the swimming pool. This is not the case with the entertainers. In fact we are being so constantly surrounded by all those naked female bodies that it all gets to be very ho hum. We aren’t allowed to get hard ons even if we felt like getting them so what’s the whole point? Oh yes. The point is to get as many outstanding pictures as possible.

So take a look at the picture at the top of this post again? The girl is one of the very few who’s got any clothing on. I’ve got a lot more pictures of me with my head on the laps of fully naked entertainers. But is there really a difference? Pleasure and Pain will be featured in my gun article on the Baikal 12 gauge shotgun and I’ve got pictures of me lying all over a fully naked Pleasure, but there’s nothing going on here. And there isn’t with the girl in this picture either. The only thing is although I’d first meet Pleasure at Nudes-A-Poppin, I’d later become good friends with her whereas the girl in this particular picture I’d never see again. She was very cute, but she simply never showed up at any of the adult industry events I’d later be covering.

But back to Bob. Bob was no doubt one of the finest photographers in the adult entertainment business. He was also one of the most respected. For instance Lolly Tops who appears in “Extreme Guns and Babes for an Adult World” with the SKS rifle, used to call me up every week just to see how I was doing and to exchange the latest gossip. But she’d also call Bob up about every week. For one thing she knew Bob could be very influential to an entertainer’s career. He was shooting for a very well known adult magazine and when he wasn’t he was shooting a lot of promo for entertainers. Promo is a term for advertisements for adult entertainers that are centered around one or more professionally done pictures. These pictures are usually done in a studio setting where special lighting and props are being used. From what I gathered, when an entertainer told me she had gotten her promo done by Bob, I knew she was pretty serious about her career.

I suppose that if someone were to see pictures of me naked in the Nudes-A-Poppin swimming pool with all those naked women that all kinds of thoughts would be floating around about all the evil things we were doing to each other. The reality, however, was all too mundane. I no longer think of Bob having sex with all his models. I’m sure that a lot of people must think the same way of me that I used to have of Bob. The truth is that it really makes no sense to be banging one’s bread and butter. All kinds of problems crop up starting with one’s getting a very bad reputation in the adult community. The truth is men like Bob are true artists, which brings us back once more to the Rodin sculpture.

The sculpture is of two completely naked figures, one male and the other female embracing one another. Now one could call this pornographic because it goes so far as to suggest a sexual act. But it’s considered art instead. Yet I’ve had my web site removed by IX Hosting a few years ago without any warning whatsoever. The reason given was that I violated their service agreement by showing “adult content” whatever that means. And I showed a lot less of the female anatomy than Rodin and many other famous artists. I will argue, however that artists such as Rodin, have performed a very valuable service for the betterment of humanity. Sculptures such as a Venus show the female body in an idealized state and since they are idealized they give women something to strive for in a quest to improve their bodies. The same is true for men because with a Rodin sculpture they can visualize men the way the Greeks saw them–strong in intellect and body alike.

A great misfortune for all of humanity would have occurred if great artists like Rodin and Michelangelo would have had adult service agreements imposed on them. I really think that humanity would have lost the measuring rod such sculptures represent that influence mankind to attempt to measure up to the physical excellence represented by the sculpture. Take a look at the Rodin sculpture again. The male figure is built with a sturdy chest without a sagging beer gut. Its arms are powerful while the legs are muscular yet not overly thick. As to the female, her waist is slender, her breasts ample and firm but not overly large. Her backside is trim and well proportioned. Her legs are firm and nicely tapered. She is built the way women were meant to be built, and if you don’t believe me just use Google and see what you can dig up on paintings, frescoes and sculptures of Spartan women. Spartan women were not fat. They were wonderfully slender and beautiful. Now one can say, as I already have that a Rodin captured men and women in an idealized state in his sculptures, and that in the real world men and women don’t really exist, but the artwork still survives that suggests otherwise in Sparta.

What we are stuck with today is the Gunny Sack example, and as long as we are stuck with adult service agreements and strip club closures for their not measuring up to the ill conceived standards of those who wish to hide the human body, we will have lost sight of the beauty of the human form. More than ever, we need more nudity, not less of it while recognizing the true genius of photographers such as Bob, who are the real artists of their time.