Our Journey Into 3D Nudes – The Early Days

1980’s How We Started In The Business

My fascination with 3D photography goes way back to the the mid-1950’s when my uncle photographed my Bar Mitzvah in Realist 3D. I still have those treasured slides today and enjoy seeing the family that is long gone in most cases but reliving those fond memories.

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Shot At Figure Art Studios
In New York City 1962

I was shooting a lot of fashion in the 1980’s and worked with designers like Perry Ellis and others photographing their clothing collections. I had met a number of the actors and directors that were just getting into the now legal porn industry, names like Ron Jeremy, Gloria Leonard, Jerry Butler, Annette Haven, Al Goldstein, Samantha Fox, Annie Sprinkles and many others. Many of us that lived and worked in New York City would meet after work at Bernard’s a little bar in the Times Square area of New York and would hang out with others in the business.

In 1984 I was approached by one of my friends Joyce Snyder a gifted writer working for some of the men’s magazines back then. She had produced one successful porn film and had written a script for a second one and was looking for investors.

The movie’s title was Raw Talent, the story of a young man returning from Viet Nam who couldn’t find work, until a friend of his told him he could “score easy money doing porn”. Ron Jeremy, Jerry Butler and many other porn stars were in the film which goes on to tell his story and eventual rise to stardom as a legitimate actor (Butler) until his past porn career comes back to haunt him. As he reached the pinnacle of his success, he is fired from his starring role in a soap opera because of a morals clause in his contract.

See A Fight Scene From Raw Talent

Note the karate movie sound effects here…at the time we thought this was cool 🙂

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Our crew was made up of talented, legitimate film crews that did these full length porn films in their off time from the legitimate television or Hollywood productions. Some of our film was shot in a make-shift studio that was a converted store front in Queens, NY and other scenes in on location or in friends apartments. The film was shown in theaters around the country and then on video and was a huge success. It won that years Critics Adult Film Award for the Best Screenplay and the Best Picture of the Year and it gave me the credibility and the entree into that world.

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Ron Jeremy and I had become friends as did many of the others in the New York group and we all hung out and had fun.

Since I was into this crazy and exciting scene and had a number of friends in the industry, I looked for a way to take advantage of this new technology the internet. What could I do that would combine my talents, contacts and the internet to make some money. I had been a fan of Ron Raffielli a photographer best known for his work with Jimmy Hendrix and other rockers of that day.  He also had another love and that was shooting erotica in 3D. Over the years I had purchased his 3D slide sets which were wonderful, but they were more artistic in nature with nice sets taking advantage of props and gimmicks to accentuate the 3D feel.

Correspondence With Ron Raffaelli 1989

Letter Discussing 3D As A Business

Letter Discussing 3D
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Keli – Gent Magazine Set

I hadn’t seen anyone producing or selling really hot, erotic 3D material that would showcase the models figures and really give the viewer a sense of being in the room while the model would masturbate or do more in a boy/girl or girl/girl set. I thought I would be the first one to offer this type of 3D to my customers.

I was fortunate enough to maintain my contacts and years later decided to take a shot producing those 3D images that I wanted and would then sell them on the internet, either as a paid website that had a 3D photo gallery or sell the Realist 3D slides.

I asked Ron how he was able to duplicate his slides for his sets and he explained that he shot his on 35mm film and got the negatives which then went to a motion picture film lab who then produced the positive prints or film strips on motion picture film stock.  Genius I thought, this way the positive slides could be produced directly from the negatives, contact printed on film stock which was meant to retain color over the years and under harsh conditions and would be far better then shooting on transparency or slide film and making dupes.

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Keli Appeared in Gent and Juggs Magazines

In the late 1980’s into the 1990’s we were producing hundreds of 3D slides using this method.  At the same time when shooting our 3D shots, we also took photos and 35mm slides that would be used to sell our sets to some of the mens magazines like Gent, Juggs and others.

We had two websites in operation then, the first was Awesome 3D.com and the second was XXX3D.com, both offered everything from our exclusive slides both 3D and 35mm to prints both black and white and color as well as lenticular.

Business was booming and we attended a number of the adult video shows both in Las Vegas and in Atlantic City, offering our 3D images both Anaglyphic as well as full color images for viewing with our Vrex LC Shutter Glasses, which we made available to our customers at that time.

The idea was to offer a premium content to our viewers and then offer this content to other adult and glamour websites who were offering photos sets on their sites. It was before the technology improved and video became the big seller in the adult industry. Broadband was a thing of the future and dial-up internet service offered by the phone company just couldn’t handle the technology that was soon to follow.

Our concept was for the webmaster to use our images as their up-sell when a member joined their site. For only $4.95 a month additional, they would have access to this new 3D technology.

Showing Our 3D Content At Porn Show in Vegas

Showing Our 3D Content
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We found that all the models we shot and those that were shot by some of the best centerfold photographers we met at these shows would still be marketable. Digital photography was in its infancy then.

We recruited Glen Bradley in California and Mike Hammer in New Jersey (their stage names of course) and a few others who we felt could deliver the images we wanted. We sent each of our freelance photographers two Realist cameras and rolls of film and asked them to shoot two rolls of 3D film for us and we would pay them for each roll they shot and delivered to our film lab.

In addition we were shooting local models and would travel to Florida, Baltimore and Las Vegas to do some of our shoots as well. We decided it was time to sell our content to other webmasters. We attended a number of porn shows as an exhibitor and always had lines of customers who wanted to see their favorite stars in color and black and white 3D.

Our Concept Had A Flaw

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Now all would have been wonderful if the webmasters didn’t have to mail anaglyphic or take orders for 3D glasses. We were on the verge of selling on of the largest porn sites on the internet, they controlled a lot of content, had loads of models to shoot and were ready to give us a test order…then it dawned on them that the would have to supply the 3D glasses to their customers by mail. Most of their customers didn’t want their identity known, others didn’t want anything mailed to them and finally those that would have wanted to view the 3D images wanted to do it when they first saw the offer and not have to wait for delivery of their 3D glasses.

So once again, trying to establish 3D and assuming that the porn industry being the first to adopt the latest internet technology would have been the right move for us, but we never realized that people the visit porn sites want the instant gratification and they didn’t buy our product.

What To Do With All The 3D Material

Now it was going back to the drawing board to try to find another way to market our product. By now we had over a hundred models, both amateur and professionals shot in Realist Format 3D. We were mounting thousands of slides and selling them on the internet. Our eBay store Risquephotos we doing well and many domestic and international customers were eager to get some of our slides. After all the only erotica available then were the ones shot in the 1950’s and were now considered vintage 3D slides. Betty Paige became one of the first 3D models and now we hit the scene and hit it hard.

Meet Scott Evans

I have worked with some of the best people in this market and many know me and my images over the years. Since I want to keep my identity private, I cannot use my real name on this website. The web is an awesome place, but most of us have a private life that they prefer to keep private so for the sake of this site, I will refer to myself as Scott Evans and hope you will understand. Those that have purchased slides from me in the past know who I am and know of my work and I would prefer to keep it that way. My trusted customers have been loyal to me and now I wanted to improve our old website and display the vast array of merchandise I now have for sale.

I am retiring soon and it is time to sell all of my valued stock and collections, so if you want to take advantage of what surely will become classic and valued materials in the years to come, you have an opportunity to do so now.  All of the material sold by me is copyrighted and you are purchasing the items for your own enjoyment and not to reproduce and sell in any manner.  Should you wish to publish any of my original works now or in the future, please contact me for more information and the rights.

What You Will Find On This Site

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Samantha Silk – Available in Realist 3D Slides
Stunning Glossy 4″X6″ prints
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Samantha Silk 3D Conversion
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Please take some time to view the pages of this site. I have scanned thousands of slides and will be offering some in sets and some in larger wholesale lots. Some of my work goes back to the 1960’s and include rare black and white photos, 4″X5″ negatives show with a Speed Graphic camera, vintage color prints, more current 4X6 and 8X10 color prints in awesome color and slides, slides, slides, 35mm and Realist slides.

Many of our Polaroid test shots were sold years ago on eBay, some still exist, one of a kind lenticular prints are also available. For those that would like to scan from either slides or even negatives, we have some for you as well. Conversion of our original images into Anaglyphic digital images is easy to do today with Photoshop or other software and we have created a gallery of some of ours that you can see on this site.

We Will Ship Internationally

We are also able to now ship to our international customers as well. eBay has placed restrictions on the type of material that can be shipped internationally and we will be checking local postal laws to determine what is acceptable in various countries. If in doubt email us and we can check to see what we can mail to you.

We hope you enjoy the new site and will give us a try and purchase some of our vintage or more current material.

 

 

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