Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Trimming the Hedge



More naked yard work! This hedge periodically needs trimmed to make room for the gate to open.

Monday, July 30, 2018

See/Show/Hide (Redux)



As I teased back in February, I've been wanting to reshoot this one concept from a long time ago. It wasn't actually part of my original Daily Nudes project, but from the year following, after I bought my dSLR. Comparing the two greatly demonstrates a change in my life and photography that I've emphasized before - how I used to go around lurking in the shadows, but now have stepped out into the light. Even just having a place I can shoot outdoors in the sunshine (if only at certain, convenient times), is an exciting change that has only occurred in the last year.

See No Body, Show No Body, Hide No Body

Photographers will tell you that overcast conditions are preferable to full, direct sunlight - and there are good reasons for this. Direct sunlight provides a number of challenges, such as harsh shadows and overblown highlights (especially if you're shooting a pale model all or mostly undressed). But that doesn't mean that bright sunlight should be avoided completely. It's more challenging to work with (especially if it's partly cloudy, and your light conditions are constantly changing), but it can also be more rewarding. The colors are just more vibrant and alive in the sunlight, and especially for shooting a lifestyle like nudism, the sun itself can be an important character in an image. All that having been said, I think the sunlight was more trouble than it was worth for this particular shoot.

See No Body, Show No Body, Hide No Body

In any case, the concept behind the shoot (a play on the proverb "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil", often depicted using three monkeys) is to demonstrate three different approaches to censorship, and the sharing of sexually suggestive or explicit material. The first figure covers his eyes, because he doesn't want to see it. This approach emphasizes personal responsibility. By contrast, the second figure wants to block out the offensive material, preventing others from seeing it, because it makes him uncomfortable. This approach is far too common in society, and is the antithesis of personal freedom and choice. The third figure, meanwhile, is completely open and confident and isn't bothered by what's on display.

Similarly, the concept can be seen to demonstrate three different approaches to exposure - the first figure blocks his identity to remain anonymous; the second figure, his identity known, refrains from sharing sensitive materials; while the third owns his choices and is willing to stand up for his beliefs.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Naked Gardening



It's at least two months late, but I've finally managed to take a picture of some proper naked gardening! There's an irony here. While gardening is important in the spring - you want to plant your crops at the start of the season so they have time to grow - it's not until much later that they become especially photogenic. So while the doing of the gardening is important in the spring, it seems like the showing of the gardening is much more effective in the summer. Which makes it a challenge to photograph World Naked Gardening Day, which occurs in early May.


Saturday, July 28, 2018

Fences

Revisiting a theme I tried all the way back in January because I was too eager to wait for summer!


Sadly, the bamboo plants I bought for added privacy don't seem to have survived this past [record-breaking] winter. Even after I did my homework and picked out a species that is cold-hardy and able to grow in pots. So, that was a wasted investment... :-(

Friday, July 27, 2018

The Naked Samurai



As a disclaimer, I haven't trained with a certified teacher in many years, so I'm just doing my best not to look like a complete fool. It's a shame I can't remember my forms. I always wanted to learn more of those - as it's something a little bit more complex that you can practice alone. Here's a looser video of me trying out some different moves:


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Washing Dishes



If you're wondering why I'm sporting a hard-on in this video for no apparent reason, it's not because I'm sexually attracted to housework (although it is more fun to do naked). This was the third take; on both of the first two takes, I splashed soap suds on my penis, and the coolness and wetness, coupled with the rubbing motion of rinsing it off, contributed to the erection you see here. There's nothing specifically sexual about it - I wasn't engaged in masturbation, and I wasn't even doing it to show off in front of the camera (as I've been known to do); it just kind of happened.

There's nothing indecent or threatening about "incidental" erections like this one, and there's no reason why they should have to be covered up. It's just basic human (specifically male) physiology. You don't even have to bring up its sexual role if you're explaining it to a naive observer - you can just say that a man's penis sometimes grows and stiffens and stands up. There's nothing alarming about that. It's a fact of life. If the mere sight of a phallic object leaves you in hysterics, then you need help - because that's not healthy.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Jumping Rope



I can see why this exercise is considered good for the heart!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Bridal Trial




On the hunt for the perfect wedding dress. This one covers all the major bases - it's high-low (so it shows off my legs while still being full enough in the back to feel sufficiently extravagant), and the straps are removable (because strapless, while not the most practical considering my nonexistent bust, is nonetheless sexy).


I feel like it could still be a little shorter in the front, but on the whole, I think I like it. Not that I'm planning on having a wedding (that's way too formal, not to mention expensive, for my tastes). I just want to play the fantasy.



Saturday, July 21, 2018

Color Coordination



I can color coordinate even when I'm naked! :-3

Friday, July 20, 2018

Romperalls



Or "short-alls", if you like. Love them or hate them (personally, I think they're cute, but not the most flattering for my lower anatomy), rompers are basically dresses that end in shorts instead of skirts. These "short overalls" are a similar concept, albeit with the expectation of being paired with a separate shirt. Although the best way to wear them, of course, is bare-chested. It's a little bit reminiscent of the naked apron, minus that alluring back view. -_^

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Gathering Wood



Having privacy on one's property is nice. Too bad it's so hard to get.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Loose



This underwear is getting a bit stretched out. It doesn't hold like it used to.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Mowing the Lawn



I'm usually more systematic when it comes to mowing the lawn, but I didn't want to record the whole job, and I was preoccupied with making sure I got some good passes in front of the camera. I was also a bit rushed because there was a storm coming, and (more importantly) I wasn't going to be alone at the house for very much longer.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Weekend Trip



Where we're going, we don't need clothes. (Except, we kinda still do...)


Here's a concept that deserves better execution. But how often do you get the chance?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Night of the Fireflies

Nothing says summer like the twinkle of fireflies at dusk!


These videos are another "rough draft", so to speak. Also, my phone doesn't do well in low light, but it was worth a try.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

Floored



To be honest, I was anticipating a better show, but it's hard to focus when you're "distracted". ;-p

When I posted a similar photo ten years ago for my original 365 Daily Nudes project, it was the first time I'd ever shared a photo quite so...explicit. I've come a long way since then.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Friday, July 6, 2018

Morning Sun




It's kind of a novelty for me.


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Panty Flash



Another case of "I don't know which shot is better."


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Freedom & Independence



Freedom is the availability of choice. And independence is the confidence to stand out from the crowd. I see none of this in our country, with regards to men's swimwear. I just see a long line of conformist drones. There's no real choice, just a single product; but in 52 different colors and patterns to give you the illusion of choice. (Didn't George Carlin do a bit about this once?).

A Tale of Two Suits

When capitalism drives profit-minded companies to pander to their largest common demographic, in lieu of providing a diversity of products, then individual liberties are curtailed. I'd rather the economy be regulated - even if this limits the entrepreneurial potential to become rich - than our personal freedoms be limited. I'd rather live in a world where all people are free, than one in which a few get to be rich.


And because it's easy to look at these swim briefs and think, "god, those are skimpy" (which is actually the point), here is a comparison to what a lot of girls wear to go swimming. Like it or not - that's up to you. All I'm saying is, why should girls be allowed to dress this way, but not guys? I demand equality.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A Nudist Survey

Last year, I heard about a survey that was going to be conducted at Gunnison Beach in New Jersey about people who visit nude beaches. A request was put out for volunteers who wouldn't mind being photographed and having their image attached to the nudist lifestyle. This is the sort of opportunity I'd been waiting for, so I really wanted to participate, but you had to show up on the beach on a certain day, and I couldn't make it. Not to mention the fact that I've never actually been to a nude beach - seeing as I don't live that close to the coast. But I'd like to. Anyway, the interviews were eventually posted up on Felicity's Blog, and after reading through them, I felt like sharing my own perspective as a nudist, so I copied all of the questions down and just changed any reference to Gunnison Beach or nude beaches in general to nudist resorts instead.


What are your favorite hobbies?

I am a photographer, actually. I take self-portraits - a lot of them involving nudity. I like to use my voice as an artist to confront controversial topics, not limited to the taboo surrounding nudity, but also including the blurring of gender stereotypes, and the psychology of sexual desire - all of which influences and is inspired by my life, and accompanied by essays I write for my blog.

How often do you visit nudist resorts?

Every summer, when the weather is nice, I like to take about one weekend a month on average - from May through September - to visit a nudist resort.

Why do you visit nudist resorts?

I appreciate the opportunity to engage in outdoor nude recreation without fear of legal or social ramifications, in a relaxing atmosphere with friendly people. I enjoy swimming in the pool, soaking in the sunshine, and playing volleyball; these are things I simply do not have the opportunity to do naked back home.

What made you decide to visit a nudist resort for the first time? How would you describe your first experience?

I wanted to visit a nudist resort ever since I discovered that nudism was a thing, and that I wasn't alone in my enjoyment of stripping off my clothes for not-necessarily-sexual reasons. I'd begun practicing nudism more often at home, but the resort experience was something I'd wanted to have. I was too nervous to try it out on my own, but I eventually found a friend who agreed to try it with me, and we finally took the plunge. It was love at first sight! We didn't plan on staying overnight that first time, but we enjoyed it so much, we went back again that same season, and have been doing it regularly ever since.

What do you like about the resort?

Aside from the general reasons I like going to nudist resorts, some of the things I like about the particular resort I frequent are: its community of members, many of which I've made easy friends with; its devotion to athletics (particularly the sport of volleyball); its potlucks and clubhouse events (sometimes including live bands); and a conscious effort to support its minority members and guests - particularly women and children. I'd like to tour some other nudist resorts someday - as I've only been to two so far - but I feel lucky that the first one I've tried has proven to be such a perfect fit!

Do you identify as a nudist or naturist? Why or why not?

[Note: I felt like this question could be interpreted in several different ways, and I wanted to cover all of those interpretations, so I split it into three separate questions]:

Do you prefer to identify as a nudist, or as a naturist? Why?

I'll happily identify as a naturist, but I actually prefer the term nudist. Even though I do associate a love of nature and outdoor recreation with my penchant for going nude, I feel that the term 'naturism' sidesteps the nudity aspect, which is something I have no intention of shying away from, even (or especially) when describing my lifestyle to non-nudists.

Do you mind being labeled a nudist/naturist?

I don't mind associating myself and my activities with the nudist/naturist label, albeit with one caveat: even for a nudist, I am not a conventional person. I don't like to adhere to stereotypes. I have some beliefs and opinions that may run counter to nudist "dogma". Not everything I do or say is as a nudist, or should be considered to represent the nudist ethos or lifestyle. Because I am also a sex-positive activist, there may be some nudists out there who would be inclined to write me off as a liability to the cause, but I am as genuine a nudist as anyone, and I believe that my voice deserves to be heard, and my vote counted for the lifestyle.

How do you feel about those who practice nudism in some form, but don't identify as nudists?

I think there may be a lot of people out there who enjoy the practice of going nude for nonsexual reasons but don't necessarily identify as nudists (i.e., full-on lifestylers), and that's okay. I think of them as nudists just the same, but if they'd prefer not to associate themselves with the term, that's fine. I'm not affiliated with any official nudist organization in part because I don't believe you need to have a membership card in order to be a nudist: that dues-paying members don't have a monopoly on defining what it means to lead a nudist lifestyle. I do think, however, that we ought to work together to improve our standing in society; I just don't believe that means we all have to follow the same script. A war has many battlefields, and we need soldiers on each one.

Has visiting a nudist resort changed the way you feel about yourself and/or your body?

I can't say to what extent nudism has influenced the evolution of my body image, and how much my experience of being a model has contributed to it; but they have both been important factors. On the one hand, regularly exposing my body to others has strengthened my commitment to fitness. This may seem contrary to the nudist ethos of body acceptance, but I don't think they are incompatible. Certainly it is not unhealthy to want to take care of your body, and present the best, healthiest possible version of you to the world. Ironically, being a model has helped me to learn to accept my flaws, because even with them, there are still people who find me attractive. Similarly, I know that no matter what I look like, the nudist community will always accept me for the person I am on the inside. And that gives me confidence.

Has visiting a nudist resort changed the way you perceive and interact with others?

I think it's safe to say that I am less judgmental about other people's physical flaws. Obviously, it's human nature to judge people on their superficial appearance, but what nudism has helped to teach me is the limitation of that view. Beauty is, as they say, only skin deep, and what a person looks like often has less bearing on the kind of person they are than we are inclined to presume. As far as interactions go, I'm not a very social person, but the people I've met through nudism have, in general, been such friendly and accepting people that it's enabled me to make friends and social connections more easily than I am typically inclined to do.

Has visiting a nudist resort had an impact on your life in any significant way?

Well, yes, in that it has magnified my interest and participation in the nudist lifestyle, which has become a major element of my life and personality. It's given me a sense of community more than any other trait I've heretofore discovered in myself. And it gives me something to enjoy and look forward to every year.

Do nudist resorts ever feel like a sexual environment to you at all?

Honestly? No. But I understand that locations vary, and I haven't been to very many different ones.

What would you say to people who claim that the only people who visit nudist resorts are the ones you "don't want to see naked?"

I'd like to remind them that I am a model, and also a nudist, but I fear that might be missing the point. A better response would be, "that's not a bug, it's a feature." Nudists don't judge people's bodies the way textile culture does. And that's to its benefit. Everybody deserves to feel comfortable in their skin. It may seem weird to you looking at it from the outside. But just give it a try, and you'll see what I mean. When I was a child, I was so uptight that I complained when my brother came to the kitchen table shirtless. Yet look at me now! When everybody is dressed, the sight of naked flesh is legitimately startling. But I've learned that when everybody is naked, you get used to it surprisingly quickly. And not only does it feel great, but I think we're much better off when we accept the human body as it is, instead of inventing reasons to go ballistic just because somebody showed a normal part of their body that we all have (or at least half of us).

How do you feel about others seeing you naked?

At this point, it doesn't faze me the slightest bit. There was a time in my life when I felt uncomfortable even wearing sandals in public because they left my feet exposed, but I've been both a nudist and a nude model for many years now. I'd go naked in front of complete strangers - if I had an excuse to - without a second thought. The only thing that would worry me is inadvertently alarming or offending someone who's not prepared for the sight. But personally, I don't care who sees what part of my body. My philosophy is, "if you're okay with it, then I'm okay with it."

Do you ever feel unsafe or intimidated at a nudist resort? Do you ever worry about gawkers or people being there for the wrong reasons?

Nudity is a vulnerable state. Whether this is in spite of that, or because of it, I feel safer and more comfortable in a nudist resort than I do outside of it. There was only one time when I felt that I was being aggressively "hit on", and even then, the offending party was pretty innocuous and unthreatening, so it was easy enough for me to brush it off and chalk it up to one weirdo. I don't worry about gawkers or people being there "for the wrong reasons" in part because nudists look out for one another, and I don't doubt that anyone who might cause a problem would be quickly weeded out. As for the rest, as long as they have the self-control to behave themselves - to follow the rules and not bother anyone - then I don't care why they're there. It's human nature to want to look, and in fact I think it's healthier to satisfy that curiosity (without impolitely staring, of course); that's one of the therapeutic benefits to living a nudist lifestyle - less neuroticism about the parts of people's bodies that are constantly hidden in textile society.

Do your friends/family know you go to nudist resorts? Who do you visit the resort with, if anyone?

Yes, my family and friends know, and it doesn't bother them (from what I can tell). We don't talk about it a whole lot, just because they aren't nudists, but the subject has come up, and I don't make any part of my participation in this lifestyle a secret. I want to be a positive model of a nudist to the people I know. As for who I visit with, mostly it's my long-time partner, who was the one I went with that first time. I've gone a few times with my brother, who is the most open-minded of my close family members in this respect, but I've yet to convert him to full-time nudist.

Why do you think nudity is so controversial in America?

Social momentum. Not too long ago in the Western world it was scandalous to flash your ankles in public. If you look at the progression of swimsuit fashions in the last hundred years or so, a conspicuous trend emerges - from full-body "bathing gowns" that resemble today's "burqini" to the topless thongs you might spy on Miami Beach (or so I've heard). Where these standards of modesty ultimately came from, I don't know, but religion is a primary culprit. And I'm glad to see them whittled away bit by bit through the ages. That last strip of fabric is going to be hard to remove, though, considering all the importance our society places on our genitals (which is likely associated with our collective sexual neurosis, which is another problem that needs to be addressed). But nudists are definitely in a good position to be the ones leading that charge.

Why do you think nude beaches are frequently being taken away?

[Note: I left this question about nude beaches because it seems like an issue unique to the beach scene, and I felt like I could offer some insight even though I don't frequent beaches].

The same reason, I suppose, that the government is cracking down on nudity in formerly progressive districts in San Francisco. An increasingly global culture inspires homogeneity. The proliferation of the internet is cutting away at our privacy. All eyes are watching every corner of the world. And political correctness is paving the way to hell with its good intentions - by ensuring that any kind of activity that could shock or offend more conservative ideologies is done away with in the interest of "sensitivity". But the pendulum swings both ways, and as long as people are being exposed to alternative lifestyles, there is the chance that a dedication to the principles of freedom and diversity will prevail, and that in the not-too-distant future, nudists and textiles will be able to cohabitate peacefully on the beaches of this world. Or, that could just be a utopian fantasy.

What would you say to someone who's thinking about visiting a nudist resort, but is afraid to take the plunge?

To anyone, I'd say, try it - you might like it! And if not, you've got nothing to lose. You might think being naked in front of strangers is embarrassing, but when those strangers are nudists, they're not going to care. The hardest part of getting somebody to try nudism is to convince them that it's a good idea. So if you're already thinking about it, you're halfway there. Take the plunge. You won't regret it. And the sooner the better - you're wasting time you could be spending naked in the sunshine with friends!


Monday, July 2, 2018

Naked Bike Ride

Always wanted to join one of those World Naked Bike Rides. But they're scattered about the country, and I guess I don't live close enough to a big enough city. I still think it's ridiculous that every other sociopolitical cause has co-opted nude protest as a protected form of speech, except nudists. Where are all the nude protests for nudist rights? That's what I want to be a part of.


Ironically (given the reputation of anyone who likes having their genitals exposed in front of others), nudists seem to be a non-confrontational bunch (and it's doubly ironic that I would criticize them for that, given that I myself tend to be very non-confrontational), content to hide behind locked gates and tall fences and not tell their friends and families about their lifestyle, while sometimes even criticizing other nudists for confronting the world with their preferred choice of dress, lest it "reflect poorly" on nudism as a whole. I guess it shows where we stand - not enough power to demand our rights, instead having to kowtow to the majority and promise not to take up too much space...

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Voyeurexhibitionism

I was thinking about how to depict voyeurism without jumbling it up with exhibitionism (although I maintain that they are two sides of the same coin), seeing as how every time I photograph an act of voyeurism, the photographing of the voyeur inevitably turns him into an exhibitionist. Then I had a revelation: don't photograph the voyeur, photograph only what the voyeur is looking at!


Yet, still, I'm wondering if a voyeuristic view of a nude sunbather does not also constitute a photograph of exhibitionism, because the scene the voyeur is looking at - the nude sunbather - could be construed as a depiction of exhibitionism, particularly as it is being photographed. To provide another example, if you peek through a keyhole at two people engaged in intercourse, you're engaging in voyeurism. But if you photograph the view through that keyhole and then share it with other voyeurs, it becomes an exhibition (albeit unintended by the participants). Are you getting a sense of the webs I'm tangled in?

So I thought, maybe if the sunbather wasn't actually nude, (s)he could be considered less of an exhibitionist. But hell, you can't tell me that wearing a bikini is significantly less of an exhibitionist act (and, indeed, some nudists would tell you it's more so). But I don't know how interesting it would be to shoot a voyeuristic photo of somebody who's dressed - and is that what voyeurs are really looking for anyway?

Similarly, I could shoot a voyeur who's dressed, to de-emphasize the exhibitionist nature of him being photographed, but then isn't the point of voyeurism (at least in terms of it being a sexual fetish) finding some kind of sexual stimulus? Which usually leads to a sex act of its own? I'm not asking these questions because I'm ignorant of the mechanics of voyeurism and exhibitionism (duh), but to depict them photographically, it would seem that if I didn't emphasize the sexual aspect, there would be a vague boundary between one person looking at another person, and one person looking at another person for distinctly sexual reasons.

I suppose, being a voyeur and an exhibitionist, I have a hard time differentiating the two. Not that I don't understand that voyeurism encompasses the looking aspect, and that exhibitionism encompasses the 'being looked at' aspect, but it just seems to me that neither one is as good as when the two come together - voyeurs looking at exhibitionists, and exhibitionists in turn being looked at by voyeurs. Especially in our highly pro-consent culture. Isn't that the ideal?