Tuesday, December 12, 2017

In Your Eyes

I've mentioned before (though not often, as it's not a frequent occurrence) how much I like seeing how another person captures me in the camera lens. I'm intimately familiar with how I look posing in front of my own camera, and I like the high level of control it affords me over the creative process (in spite of its great limitations).

You'd think it wouldn't make much difference who's behind the camera, because what you're seeing in the frame is the same thing, but anyone with even a little experience with photography will know the ocean of difference that can exist between two people looking at the same scene, applying their own perspective, equipment, talent, and experience to capturing a shot. After all, a famous photographer once said that a photograph is a document of a relationship - the relationship between the model and the photographer.

I've long said that I wished I could make friends with some photographers, so I could have people at hand in casual, spontaneous situations to take pictures of me - situations where it's awfully difficult for me to set up a self-portrait, and which, as a result, haven't really been documented in my self-portrait photography. But I'm a bit of a recluse, and as such, I have only one person that hangs out with me a lot, who on rare occasions (she is, unfortunately, not a shutterbug by nature) feels inspired to take my picture.

Not being as experienced as me, the composition and framing of those pictures is not always up to my impossibly high standards, and I don't like not having complete control over my posing and, ultimately, how my body looks, but every now and then a shot will come out that resonates with me, and I'm always fascinated by the things I've never been able to capture in my own self-portraits - that casual, spontaneous feel; the real, unposed emotions; and those non-tripod-friendly angles. These are just a few fairly recent examples:

Copyright notice: The photographer and I have an agreement whereby I am the custodian of her copyright for purposes of online publication (although I have no desire to claim credit for them) on pictures she's taken of me, since I am a semi-professional model and photographer with a brand and a web presence, and she is not (and has no real desire to be).

Monday, December 11, 2017

Rotating 3D Image

While we're on the subject of outtakes, here is a [previously] unfinished project from last year. I ended up drowning in the code and never got around to finishing it - until now! I was inspired by those 3D rotating product images you see sometimes, where you can click and drag your mouse to rotate the product in the image, and I thought it would be a fun way to present myself as a nude model. Check it out! I made two versions - one plain, where I'm standing straight with my arms to my sides, and another one with some more dynamic poses. Here are the frames in sequence, but you should definitely click those links and check out the interactive versions!

Friday, December 8, 2017

River Totem

Another outtake from last summer. This time with a "human tripod" (i.e., I composed the shot, then had someone else press the trigger after I got into place). A rocky outcropping like that just begs to be stood upon!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Summer Outtakes

I usually reserve January for going back through the photos I've taken over the year, but I came across these two outtakes from last summer that never made publication - until now.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Some More Bathroom Selfies

I'm pretty sure I never posted these. It happens from time to time, and it's getting harder for me to keep track, as my library of photos continually grows. But these are from the shoot that produced this shot.

This was also taken on the same day - a playful reminder of what sometimes lies hidden under a thin layer of clothing:

Saturday, December 2, 2017

On The Scale

It's time for some more Why Nudism? outtakes - from my latest shot in the series! I'd say we're about 3/4 of the way through this project, depending on how many of my remaining ideas I'll be able to shoot - I've come up with several new ones since I started, but some of them are going to be impossible to realize. It's funny to think that I had originally envisioned this as a summer project, yet here we are in December! If I'm lucky, I'll be able to end it with a shot in the snow!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Why Nudism? (Part 15)

I suspect this is going to be another one of those reasons that maybe not all nudists share. But while the lifestyle accepts everyone with open arms, some will inevitably approach it from a health-conscious perspective. For example, one of the preeminent naturist magazines in the UK is titled "Health & Efficiency". Being exposed to bodies of all shapes and sizes has a positive, normalizing effect that serves to counter media exposure to images of perfection (more on that here). But part of loving your body includes taking care of it. After all, you can't live without it, and you only get one. So although you can learn to be comfortable in your skin, and love your body no matter what it looks like, it's still a good idea to look after your health. And while there is no excuse for waiting until you're fit to engage in nudism (because nobody is going to be judging you!), being naked around other people can have an encouraging effect on your desire to get and stay in shape. Whether you work out, exercise regularly, play sports, or watch your diet, if you take pride in your appearance, you should feel confident showing it off!