Thursday, June 21, 2018

Why Nudism? (Part 25)

There are a lot of practical reasons to go naked in specific situations (which I hope this project has underlined), but pragmatism isn't always the only or the most important factor in a person's decision on what to wear. You could be hot, you could be uncomfortable, you could be inconvenienced, but all of these could be worthwhile costs if you place some kind of metaphysical importance on covering your nakedness. So it's important to acknowledge that not only may nudists have good reason to go naked, but that they also lack significant reason not to.

I think this is what spooks a lot of people about nudists - that they lack the common "decency" to cover up. But a nudist would argue that this is an arbitrary taboo, and that there is really nothing indecent, threatening, or "sinful" about uncovering one's nakedness in front of others. In fact, it can be very healthy - not just physically, but also psychologically. And whatever justifications you can come up with for keeping yourself covered, there are justifications for not hiding who you are under your clothes that are no less legitimate. In the end, it really comes down to a matter of personal preference.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


I've been wanting to take a shot like this since my original 365 Daily Nudes project, believe it or not.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Outdoor Shower

Social nudism has me totally spoiled on taking showers outdoors. I'm not sure I can describe the appeal any better than that of just being naked outdoors, or skinny dipping - it's more than just some exhibitionist thrill (although, as a voyeur, I will say that a person with an attractive body rubbing themselves down in the shower - especially surrounded by nature - is one of the great aesthetic pleasures in this life, and I wish there were more opportunities to witness it); it's a primal sensation, of being naked among the elements, with the addition of water providing another tactile dimension. I'd love to stand naked under a waterfall someday.

P.S. The best way to dry off is not with a towel, but open air and sunshine. -_^

Monday, June 18, 2018

Peeking Over The Fence

"Did I hear something?"

"Who's that?"

"Sorry, I just wanted to see if you had a rake I could borrow."

And here's a light test for each of the clones in this shot. Usually these test shots are not very interesting because they're just that: test shots - I haven't put much effort into posing. But they do sometimes have a candid, behind-the-scenes appeal to them, and every once in awhile, by pure serendipity, they come out looking quite striking themselves.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Backyard Camping

Popping a Tent

I had to set up my tent in the backyard because, sadly, I'm not allowed to set up my camera in nudist venues. (Even putting aside the nudism issue, privacy concerns are really killing candid photography these days - god forbid you should take a picture of someone without getting their permission first...). This is pretty much what it looks like, though:

I'm pretty diligent with my sunscreen. I'm actually a little bit self-conscious about it, because I don't see a lot of other people being this diligent with it, and of course in the nudist culture a dark, all-over tan is something of a status symbol. But I like my pale skin, for aesthetic reasons even beyond the health benefits of avoiding too much sun exposure (although a moderate amount of sun is certainly healthy). And this is how I keep my pearlescent sheen:

I had to edit the video down for time constraints, but I think it's probably even better this way - lean 'n' mean. If you're taking notes, you should know that I also apply sunscreen to my face and scalp, but that isn't shown here.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Discount Bikini

So I found this mesh-style bikini sold in a bargain bin for $2.50 a piece at Walmart. A whole bikini for just 5 bucks? I had to get one! 'Course, then I realized you can probably find better quality swim separates on the 1 dollar clearance rack at your favorite overstock/discount store. Except, the problem there is that you can never find two pieces that match, leaving you to have to get creative and hope for the best...

Looking at a bikini like this, it never ceases to amaze me that girls can actually get away with wearing this little to go swimming. I'm so jealous. If we lived in a speedo culture, things would be a lot more even, but you must be bored of me saying that by now.

I picked up a pair of the bottoms in a small, but in hindsight, I think I should have picked up a medium (every time I've been back to the store since, they've been sold out of that size and color, and have yet to restock). They're awfully snug. Especially with the meat I'm packing. I mean, they're sexy - yeah. But they're not comfy, and they're definitely not "street legal". Ah, the curse of being male...

Photography note: It's terrible when I go so far as to set up my camera, and then decide to just use my phone instead, because it takes better pictures (although I ultimately decided that a video was the best way to showcase this swimsuit). And it's not just a matter of laziness - having to manually work out the proper exposure. Granted, my camera is pretty old technology, by the standards of rapid growth in this industry, but I'd have to take multiple exposures and merge them in Photoshop, when my phone handles high dynamic range on the fly (with quite satisfactory results). Which means less time fiddling with machines, and more time being creative. And lately, my time for photoshoots has been in criminally short supply.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Tan-Through Swimwear

Despite being a nudist, I'm not really into the tanning culture. In fact, I prefer my skin to be pale. But there's no way to avoid being out in the sunshine during the summer. And while I try to be diligent about applying sunscreen, I can only do so within reason, and it's inevitable that I'll end up getting some sun. Especially given that I like to use the heat as an excuse to wear very little. Naturally, the parts of my body that get more frequent exposure are going to get the most sun, and even in spite of my enjoyment of nude recreation (when possible), I always seem to end up with a noticeably pale ass by the end of the season.

I was thinking about ways to avoid that, when I remembered something I'd read about tan-through swimwear. Made from a translucent, mesh-like material, it allows for sunlight to pass through while maintaining an opaque appearance against your skin, so you can get all the tanning benefits even when you can't risk full exposure. I figured it would be something I could wear in the sunshine when I can't be nude, to work on evening out my tan!

Plus, I'll admit, it's kind of fun knowing you're basically wearing nothing but a see-through mesh against your skin, while no one is the wiser. The Kiniki brand carries tan-through swimsuits in a variety of styles (running the gamut from shorts to thongs for men, and one-pieces to string bikinis for women - although, curiously, I found no thongs for women), including various wraps, sarongs, and coverups. I'd be tempted to buy a whole wardrobe's worth of beachwear, except that some of it can be fairly expensive (especially the larger pieces).

So I started out with a simple pair of swim briefs to try, in a classic tiger-stripe pattern (if the patterns look a bit busy, it's because this helps them to appear opaque against your skin). They're very comfortable, and boast a quicker drying time than regular swimsuits (no doubt because there is less fabric to dry). And they really are quite convincing! Which is even more impressive after getting a look at them unworn, and seeing how translucent the mesh is. If you stare at it closely, you might pick up a hint of detail, but really, who's going to be scrutinizing you that closely? And even if they do, I daresay the view would still be sufficiently ambiguous (especially compared to some regular swimsuits I've seen while wet).

As some critics like to note, one potential drawback to wearing this kind of swimwear is that you'll obviously want to apply sunscreen even to the parts that are covered up. This may not be a problem at home or in the changing room before you put the suit on, but after you've been lying out in the sun for a couple of hours, you might find it pretty awkward to reapply that sunscreen in public. To be fair, it's worth noting that if you're wearing this kind of suit, it's probably because you want the sun exposure (i.e., you're trying to tan), which pretty much makes this a moot point.

I'm going to have to have a word with that tag, though. It's in a very awkward spot, and keeps sticking out. Even if you make the effort to tuck it away, every time you run your finger along the back of the suit to straighten it out (which is a fairly common habit), it just pops right out again. If that's not intentional self-advertising, then it's a serious design flaw. I wonder if the tag is tan-through, too. Because that would be an awkward tan line to have to explain... x.x

As for whether this suit will solve my tan line problem, I have my doubts - but that's not the suit's fault. I'd really have to wear it regularly, whenever I'm out in the sun without a full coat of sunscreen, and that's not always going to be practical. That's partly the reason I considered also getting a coverup of some kind (until I took a closer look at the prices). I could perhaps wear these briefs to go swimming (if not for the anti-speedo discrimination I frequently face) - although that's one of those cases where I'm more likely to be wearing sunscreen. I can wear it in the garden at home, but it might not fly for casual exercise and recreation at public parks, not to mention coming in and out of stores and restaurants and the like.

Because, ultimately, I could wear it five days a week, but if I've still got shorts on (among other things) the other two days, my butt may turn out to be tanner than usual, but it's still going to be a shade or two lighter than the rest of my body (which is the same problem I have down the middle of my back, where my hair usually rests). What I could do is deliberately lay out in the sun to tan (although I don't want to be any darker than necessary), especially if I put sunscreen on the parts of my body that get more regular exposure, leaving my butt unprotected. But honestly, that sounds like a lot of work, and I don't care about my tan that much. I still think this suit is a fun thing to own, though. I'm glad I bought it!