Erotic Nude Photography Site Met-Art.com: The Exclusive Interview

Model In White Lace Socks, Met-Art Photo

Met-Art, a nude art photography site, has been around for more than a decade. Founded in 1998, it’s even older than Sex~Kitten.Net! Given the number of sites which have folded in all these years (a great number of them who benefited as media darlings but never did live up to the hype), I decided it was time to check in with MetArt. In a short chat with Mike, I rediscovered this contemporary but classic art nude website, which continues to win awards, such as Xbiz’s Solo Girl Site of the year.

Hi Mike, in a world that struggles to identify art from erotica, porn, etc., how do you see the works of MetArt?

Our work is “erotic nude art” and is meant to arouse the viewer by celebrating the female body as captured in artistic, creative ways. We don’t like to use the word “porn” to describe our work. There is a difference between the two, and although that defining line may be subjective, it’s fairly clear overall. To me, pornography is a base showing of something sexual, without much room for interpretation. Erotic art is more about setting a tone, framing a scene, capturing a moment.

We strive to present the nude female body in a flattering and respectable way. Our models aren’t allowed to touch themselves, and many of the shots feature fully-clothed girls. So it’s not just about drooling over hot naked babes. There’s a heavy emphasis placed on the photographer’s role as well, and you’ll notice a variety of different settings and styles in the sets. You will not find any pig-tailed teens spread eagle on a bed full of teddy bears on our site. In short, I think we try to bring an elevated level of admiration to the models rather than portraying them as a piece of meat to be tenderized.

Erotic Nude Ballerina At MetArt

I see MetArt as comparable to the vintage art nude magazines. (Even then, they knew that most folks weren’t drawing — and that taking their own photos of nudes was a dream! lol) Does that seem about right to you?

 

Sure. I think it’s safe to say that our work evolved from early pinups, nude art, and so on. In those days, it seemed like the women were valued for their facial expressions, style, and personality as their overall bodies. They were also filled with “real” women, who differ slightly from today’s pornstars. We try to capture a range of looks and ages, with a focus on natural beauty at all times. It doesn’t matter if the model is 18 or 28, as long as they have the right stuff. That is, that they’re beautiful, comfortable in front of the camera and can produce a certain radiance through their pictures. Also, we have worked with some of the very best photographers in the business – Erro, Goncharov, Hegre, Helios, to name a few – and they do a great job staging the photos in ways that elevate them beyond a simple point and shoot session.

Because the nude photography is so beautiful, inviting, I have the impression that you have quite a high percentage of female followers… Is that true?

I don’t know the actual numbers, but I would venture to say that we have a solid female fanbase. It seems that women appreciate each others bodies a bit more than men, especially when shown in refined ways. Of course there are always lesbian fans, who must love our work as much as their male counterparts. I notice that we often attract new “likes” from women on our Facebook page too, so there’s definitely an audience regardless of gender.

MetArt Nude On Motorcycle

On MetArt’s About page, it reads, “Our goal for the future is to continue to attract collaboration, enhance user experience and participation.” How is that done? Can members send in suggestions for model shoots, etc?

We are always looking for new ways to engage our visitors, and offer them something more.

Last year we launched a blog that’s updated daily with an insightful look at any one of our models, and there’s a heavily engaged readership that always offers great comments and dialogue. We actively engage our Twitter and Facebook pages, and respond to any comments or suggestions that people may have.  We make a point to continually develop the site so that it’s easier to navigate and customize the experience for the individual member. So there’s always a focus on the end-user, because they ultimately drive the success of our site.  Anyone is welcome to send in photos for publishing, although we have pretty rigorous standards to meet.

We’re lucky to have such an engaging audience that’s also receptive to new offerings. Our webcam site, for example, has been a big hit. It features some of our models and allows fans a chance to chat and interact with their favorite girls.  As we move forward, we’ll continue to listen to our audience and offer them more options.

And there you have it, folks; Met-Art has survived thrived all these years because they focus on great nude photographs of pretty women and turning site members into fans.

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