I wonder if this counts as nudity?
Friday, January 19, 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018
This was actually one of my very first ideas for the Why Nudism? series, but I had to put it on hold until I got my laundry room put together. Comparisons can obviously be made to laundry room photos I've taken in the past (such as these). Part of the fun of revisiting familiar themes is seeing how much my photography has improved over the years, and also noticing the sparks of brilliance that existed even before I had the proper vocabulary to express myself (in a manner of speaking).
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
I like to say that irony is a nudist doing laundry. But, of course, even nudists have to wear clothes some of the time, and in a perfect world, would still have towels and sheets to wash. But you can significantly reduce the amount of laundry that needs to be done by not wearing clothes any more than you have to. Lounging around the house on a weekend? Don't bother putting on pants. Gardening or yard work? Let your skin absorb some sunshine. Going on vacation? Lighten up your suitcase by spending it at a nudist resort.
There are times when it makes sense to wear clothes, and other times when it doesn't. In my mind, a nudist paradise wouldn't necessarily be one in which everyone was naked all the time. It would just be one in which people would be free to go naked when it makes sense to. Some activities lend themselves very well to nudism - like outdoor sports and swimming. I think doing the laundry is another one - all laundromats should be clothing optional. There's nothing more satisfying than putting everything - even the clothes off your back - into the washing machine and starting fresh. If I'm still dressed when I hit the button to start the cycle, I feel like I've missed something.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Monday, January 15, 2018
(See what I did there?)
I've spent a lot of time trying to hammer out the finer details of a Sex-Positive Platform (in my conception) - and I still believe this is a worthwhile exercise (maybe you'll see it someday, if I ever finish it) - but I think that it all boils down to this. It goes without saying that someone who is sex-positive takes a more positive than neutral (opposed to negative) stance toward sexuality. But more often than not, it's as simple as giving sexual matters the benefit of the doubt. In other words, not always assuming the worst, and leaning instead a little bit more toward the side of tolerance and forgiveness. Whether or not you think this is a better approach than a straight-up neutral or more critical perspective is up to you (and certainly the zeitgeist right now seems to favor heavy suspicion, which leads more toward the negative end of the spectrum, which I oppose). But that's what being sex-positive is about, and that's where I stand.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Here's another outtake, from the shoot that produced these images, this time of me fooling around with a Sharpie. I guess I was a little embarrassed at the time, but I do think it makes for a pretty hot image. To be honest, I was inspired by my discovery that there is a whole subreddit dedicated to girls (these things are usually sexist) sticking Sharpies up their butts. I suppose I must be pretty perverted to think it's awesome that this is actually a thing. But if you ask me, there are much worse things you could find amusing/arousing. (And while I often get off on the general idea of certain things, no doubt there are always those who find the need to take it to an ultra-graphic extreme).
Saturday, January 13, 2018
I like the irony present in this image: usually, you'd expect the one peeking over the fence to be trying to catch a glimpse of the nudist(s), and not the other way around! This is also the sort of image that tends to blur the line between voyeurism and exhibitionism - the subject is engaging in voyeurism, while appearing nude on camera renders him an exhibitionist. So it's a depiction of voyeurism, that becomes exhibitionism when it's viewed! (Quantum physics, anyone?). In my mind, they're just two sides of the same coin.
It also demonstrates my controversial point about the perfect symbiosis between voyeurism/exhibitionism and nudism: I don't see how any visual document of nudism could be produced that would be immune to the potential for an exhibitionist interpretation. Photography itself is inextricably linked to these practices. Once you're creating images of nudity for other people to view...
Of course, whether or not you interpret the nudity as sexual is a critical point. But no matter how innocent the nudity may be, there will always be someone interpreting it sexually. It's inevitable. And it's also human nature. But that doesn't bother me, because I don't actually think there's anything wrong with it. As I've said before, seeing a nude and thinking sex does not create sex in the nude. It does, however, increase the net total pleasure being experienced in the world, and that can only be a good thing.