In the yearly World Happiness Report, Denmark, along with its Nordic neighbours, continuously ranks in the top three spots. But what is it about the Danes that makes them so happy? “After three years, I still don’t really have an answer,” says Giulia Mangione, whose book Halfway Mountain seeks to uncover this very question.
Mangione started the project in 2014, as part of a photography course she was taking in at the prestigious Danish School of Media and Journalism. Her experience as assistant photo editor at Calvert Journal and interning at MACK Books had helped her “develop a taste for documentary photography” and photobooks, she says, and, after showing a dummy of her project to Corinne Noordenbos – a celebrated educator and former tutor of contemporary photographers such as Rob Hornstra and Viviane Sassen – she decided to expand on it.
Her first draft had been based on Danish traditions, but over the next three years Mangione started to photograph aspects of everyday life in Denmark instead, focusing in on themes that would eventually form the rhythm for the image sequence in the book. She was particularly drawn to twins, old people, nudity, and also hedges – and she spent a whole month exclusively photographing the latter. Continued…Read full original article…
From wartime defence to naturism battleground From the first line of defence against a potential German invasion to becoming a more recent battleground over whether naturism should be allowed; it is fair to say Fraisthorpe Beach, near Bridlington, has a fascinating past.
Pillboxes were built along the East Coast in a bid to prevent enemy forces landing during both world wars, with the concrete blocks arranged to prevent tanks leaving the beach and restricting their movement on it.
While coastal erosion means the front line defence at Fraisthorpe have disappeared, the rear line remains intact to this day.
Fortunately the defences were never required in wartime and in recent years the beach has become more widely associated with a much less serious spat over the practice of naturism.
In 1980, the beach was designated as a naturist area but after concerns about acts of indecency during the 1990s, the designation was rescinded by the local authority.
Years of rows between naturists and the authorities followed and in 2003, a police helicopter was called out to tannoy nudists to tell them to put their clothes back on following a complaint from a member of the public. Continued…Read full original article…
As we discussed it here before, the naked body can be considered the maximum form of art in its purest form. Among the many forms of art that we mentioned, one of them stands out for the growth of its popularity. And it is not a surprise since we live in a world where internet and social media allow us to share content of every kind. These includes of course, the spread of artwork. Without a doubt, the net has seen many great artist post their work online. Among these art expresions, is photography.
Now, photography is one particular way to make art. It captures the real world in the most natural way. Of course, natural sights, animals and unanimated objects are targets worth of a good shot. But, like in other forms of art, it always ends appreciating the beauty and complex of the human being. Now that everybody has a smartphone, we are all constantly taking pictures of ourselves and other people. Weddings, birthdays, reunions, parties, every moment is good to take a picture.
But the main purpose of this article, just like every other in this blog, is to appreciate nudism and the naked body. Every photo is supposed to have a purpose. And what happens when it is purpose is to portray the human body at its most beautiful form? Here are some reasons of why we think nude photography is simple amazing. Continued…Read full original article…
Facebook deleted a post this week that included an image of starving children in Auschwitz because of its policy against nudity.
The post was shared by the US-based Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect last week. It linked to an article on the DailyKos about the need for Holocaust education in the United States.
But on Wednesday, the Anne Frank Center complained on Twitter that Facebook had deleted the post.
“Hi Facebook, you removed our post promoting the need for Holocaust Education for apparently violating community standards,” the organization wrote. “You haven’t given us a reason, yet allow Holocaust Denial pages to still exist. Seems a little hypocritical?”
Around six hours later, Facebook responded to the Twitter post.
“We put your post back up and sent you a message on FB,” the official Facebook account tweeted. “We don’t allow nude images of children on FB, but we know this is an important image of historical significance and we’ve restored it. We’re sorry and thank you for bringing it to our attention.” Continued…Read full original article…
Non-sexualised nudity is important and there isn’t enough of it in the UK.
Maybe I’m biased, because I recently had a professional nude photoshoot as part of the promo for my forthcoming poetry collection, Bad Boy Poet. Having done a couple of amateur nude shoots when I was younger, I celebrated achieving my longstanding aim of getting a book deal by using my hard-fought hipster contacts to get a talented photographer to photograph me – and my dog – fully nude, for a non-bank-balance-breaking mates-rates discount.
I am very happy with the results. Unfortunately, though, none of those being printed contain full frontal nudity. I was prepared to bare all – which I had never done before – but the publisher gave me a stern “no”, saying that the inclusion of a fully nude photographed penis would affect where the book could be stocked. This upset me a bit, because though I can understand a business not wanting to sell pornography, the photographs of my penis were documentary at best, boring at worst.
The point of my nudity wasn’t to be garish, or sexy, or aggressive, but to be real. I do not have a toned, muscular, body, I do not have a massive penis. I don’t have much body hair (and zero hair on my head), and I’m a little bit bigger than I’d like to be, but what I had hoped to gain from my photoshoot was a picture that would capture me looking vulnerable, yet unashamed. Continued…Read full original article…
European Trip 2018 2018 . . . and our third consecutive year heading to Solaris Naturist Resort near Pôrec in Croatia. Our trip this year will begin on Friday 13th July from Colchester, Essex around 6pm when my wife and I will travel to Folkestone in our Swift Kontiki 669 motorhome
The countdown until we leave is on, today Gina and I have been cleaning, packing and organising our kit for the journey. In less than 72 hours we will have left Colchester and will have begun the 1000+ mile journey to Croatia. Because we will be away for 43 nights we have to make sure that we leave our affairs back home sorted and up to date, there is a lot to think about for both our family and friends and for our businesses and work commitments.
Thank you to all of you for taking the time to follow our trip this year, it would be great if you could message us and leave us comments whilst on our journey, it’s because of you that we are writing this blog so it’s really important that you give us feedback, all of your comments and feedback will be read and replied to . .. . thank you 🙂
Should the nude photos be censored? A photographer has been involved for months in a tough fight with Instagram and Facebook. Again and again, his artistic nude photographs have been censored.
The British photographer AdeY has decided to fight against the obviously arbitrary censorship. According to the principle “We always talk about sex, but naked bodies disturb us or disturb us” , the artist creates carefully choreographed nude photos that show the human body in all its splendor without being explicitly sexual. The social networks in which AdeY published her photos seem even more shocked by the nude works staged in an artistic way than by the depictions of bloody violence, weapons and racist, homophobic and sexist comments.
While his Facebook page has been permanently removed from the web, the photographer is at the heart of a fun debate with Instagram. Only since May 10, 2018, the profile of the artist, which is followed by more than 81,000 fans, has been deactivated four times before being reactivated. In an open letter, which Adey posted on her website , she addresses Instagram. ” I write to you as a photographer who has been silenced, and on behalf of all fellow artists who have been harassed, censored and removed on Instagram for sharing works of art. art that aims to provoke and challenge the viewer . “ em> Continued…Read full original article…
Today’s post features Lanie, a professional model from the U.K. who has been gracious enough to allow me to bring her photos here. Today’s topic doesn’t speak about her life or state-of-being, but her photos do evoke some of the mystery and depth of humanity that is the theme of today’s post.
Though I experienced naturism first as a teenager, it never became anything but a rare escape from life’s complexities for the next few decades. Then midlife came and shook up the world as I knew it. I didn’t think so then, but now upon looking back, I’m grateful for this pivotal part of my history. Continued…Read full original article…
Probablemente cuando hablamos de naturismo en Europa, uno de los países que mas tenemos en mente por su apertura y normalización social con el desnudo así como la variedad de lugares donde poder ir de vacaciones o afiliarse a centros naturistas es sin lugar a dudas Francia.
Uno de los destinos más frecuentes o con mayor oferta naturista es la región de Aquitania donde cerca de un 33% del turismo va a esta zona del país. Su normalización está mas extendida por todo el país pero quizás en esta zona es donde más personas y familias deciden visitar y pasar unos días. Continued…Read full original article…
I remember my first naturist break away from the “real” world five years ago. I went to a naturist campground and spent five days in a setting which only required that I wear clothing when I got cold [it happened – Canadian prairies in early June]. I did have to put on clothing when I left the sanctuary of the Green Haven Sun Club. Years later, my wife and I went to Costa Natura in Spain for two weeks. Like at Green Haven, once I left the grounds of the large naturistcommunity, nudity wasn’t an option.
Holly, my Twitter friend, has just returned from her first naturist holiday to a site in Fuerteventura. And as to be expected, once outside the complex and away from the clothing optional beach, she wore clothing. And, as you can see in the photo, she accepted that condition with grace. In a recent post she stated: “I may be clothed but you don’t need to be naked to be a naturist – it’s a mindset not a state of dress!”
Now, I have to confess that I cross the line from naturist site to clothed [textile] site and find myself daring to go nude, taking risks. Of course, I try to be extra careful in setting up the photo scene. An example was yesterday when I visited my friends at Prairie Suns Naturist Club. On the way home, which I was doing while driving nude, I stopped at a creek which had overflown its banks – Eagle Creek. There, I again set up my camera and took a photo, just one photo, of myself in front of the creek. I was seen by two separate passing motorists. Luckily, no one stopped to investigate. Continued…Read full original article…
Naturist Brendan Jones, 27, has slammed Instagram after account was shut down
Get Naked Australia feed features nude hikers of all shapes, ages and sizes
Healthcare worker, from Sydney, says images do not sexualise bodies
Claims the feed is no longer searchable for anyone other than existing followers
The man behind a body positive Instagram account that encourages followers to share naked snaps of themselves enjoying the great outdoors says it’s been ‘shadow banned’ by the network.
Brendan Jones, 27, from Sydney, launched his Get Naked Australia feed in June 2016, and has built up a 222K following with his snaps of nude hikers of all ages, shapes and sizes, posing against an array of picturesque backdrops.
But now Brendan says the account has been flagged as potentially inappropriate by Instagram, which he says has ‘shadow banned’ the feed – meaning no one who doesn’t already follow Get Naked Australia would be able to find it by searching. Continued…Read full original article…
When trying to encourage positive change in the world, it can be hard to make your voice heard and stand out, no matter how noble the cause.
But one man found a unique solution: strip off and pose for pictures.
Meet The Naked Professor, an Instagram account and blog dedicated to encouraging people – and men in particular – to become more connected to themselves, free their minds, reveal their true selves and be proud of who they are. Continued…Read full original article…
How did you come up with the idea for this project?
My inspiration for the book Naked Britain came from an image taken by Magnum photographer Elliot Erwitt from 1968 of a naturist couple in Kent. I first saw his exhibition in New York when I was 16 before studying his work in photography at A level. I often photographed my friends naked and loved that the images where people appeared most vulnerable and raw were the most beautiful and honest. This triggered an interest in a community where people were naked all the time and I researched naturism to see if this existed in the modern day and particularly in Britain where our attitudes to nudity seem slightly dated.
Being a fashion photographer means that I have spent the majority of my career photographing conventionally beautiful and aesthetically pleasing models who are used to display clothes. Everything surrounding this is, of course, to do with body image and having to look a certain way to fit a specific societal construct of what is seen as beautiful. Growing up today, through such a politically dynamic time, where women’s rights are a huge issue, I wanted to create a project that took liberation and freedom of body image into the limelight. I wanted to photograph a community that represented equality in body image, appearance, sexuality and gender.
As the project progressed I was fascinated by the fact that one week I was shooting London fashion week runway shows, and just 20 miles away was an entirely naked community, lounging in their own freedom of self love, liberation and body acceptance. Continued…Read full original article…
There is something very interesting about photos of nudists, naturists, and otherwise just naked people. Though you see the body, perhaps in your opinion, too much of their body, you don’t see what lies beneath the skin.
One of my friends, Lanie is an artist-model, more often than not doing her work in the nude. I have followed her career as a model and I am continually surprised at what the next set of photos reveal about her … or is it what it reveals about the photographer? As I am a photographer, I can’t invent what isn’t already there, see something that isn’t already present. Continued…Read full original article…
I found a tranche of photos online purporting to be examples of East German naturism (i.e. the DDR).
I can’t vouchsafe for their authenticity, although one or two definitely are -the book and magazine covers in the first two photos.
Another has a ‘DDR’ plate on a car. The car’s from East Germany, then, but it doesn’t necessarily place the model in the country, or underline her place of birth.
When Germany was divided in two after the war and the east fell under communist rule, it was run with an iron fist in many respects, its citizens under surveillance. The Stasi, the East German secret police, spied on its citizens, and one had to be very, very careful who one spoke to about what. So paranoid was the state that the security services analysed garbage. Yes…having your bin (i.e.. garbage can) searched for evidence of ‘western food packaging’ was part of their remit. Continued…Read full original article…
The sky is overcast today with just the occasional whisper of a shower from time to time. It is quite warm, regardless, and we are enjoying the day. This morning we went for a shorter walk of just over four kilometres rather than our usual ten kilometres. Rather than wearing our Kiniki bathing suits, we wore clothing for the walk along the shorter section. Since it wasn’t sunny, it almost seemed pointless to wear bathing suits. Besides, swimming wasn’t on our agenda. Now that we are back, I have time for some writing and blogging.
I wondered for quite a while before deciding the theme for today’s post, quite some time actually. It wasn’t as if there is nothing to say, but whatever was to be said had to what emerged from within me rather than be forced by my head. It was the photo I took that had me realise that it was the use of images in social media in general that needed to be addressed. This photo above obviously shows that I am fully nude. It is Facebook friendly for a photo of a male nude though not Facebook friendly if this had been a photo of a woman. My nipples are safe while a woman’s serve as triggers for some, especially the good folks at Facebook. Continued…Read full original article…
It’s been a month since the devastating earthquake in Mexico City, and let’s hope it will recover well, to be better than before. I saw quite a bit of this city in June during one of the most fun events imaginable: the World Naked Bike Ride! Already in my first ever WNBR – in Madrid 2009 – it was clear that such rides provide an amazing way to see the city, and in the company of hundreds naked (or so) people. Can you think of a better city tour? And it’s all for a great cause to promote cycling to be the major mode of urban transportation in response to ever increasing pollution and overpopulation. Nudity here helps to get the message across: cyclists use the pure power of human body (so, show that body!) – and yet we are the ones who are most prone to the truly indecent exposure to the traffic and vehicle pollution.
And it doesn’t hurt to get some more specific messages written on those naked bodies, so in the beginning of the event, many people spend time with body-painting and decorating themselves in other funny and creative ways. I had ‘energía pura’ written on my thigh, and this guy – ‘fragile’, another reminded to keep the distance of 1.5 m away from cars (‘distancia de autos 1.5 m’), others just acknowledged their love to cycling, etc etc. Continued…Read full original article…
With one of the longest and chilliest cold snaps in years taking hold across south Louisiana, everyone seems to be bundling up. Even nudists.
“We may be nudists, but we ain’t stupid,” said Travis David, who does maintenance work at the Indian Hills Nudist Park in Slidell — Louisiana’s only such attraction.
David was fully clothed — heavily clothed — from head to toe Tuesday, responding to calls about broken pipes from the prolonged freezing temperatures the roughly 50-acre park just west of Slidell has seen over the last few days. Continued…Read full original article…
I’m in Olon, Ecuador waiting for another walk along the beach. It hasn’t exactly been the sunniest time I’ve spent along the Pacific Ocean, so it is hard to tell at this point just how well my Kiniki [tan through] bathing attire will work out when I am on a public beach. I’ve written previously about the bathing suits I bought to replace my previous briefs that definitely didn’t allow any sun to colour the private areas.
Holly decided to get such a bathing suit for her use, which finally got a work out during a trip to Gambia in the recent past. She graciously provided me with an image of her bathing suit before use, and another post-use which is also included in this post. Now, the whole idea that we need to own such a bathing suit is beyond ridiculous. Since more than 99.99% of the population has either a male or female body [I’m not talking about gender identity which is a completely different matter] there is nothing to be seen that isn’t as common as a grain of sand when clothing is set aside. Continued…Read full original article…
During my recent Scotland trip we had a day out. As lovely as it was around Glencoe, we decided to travel out to the most western part of mainland Britain. On the way we passed Loch Ailort. We still had the low cloud, but it looked so beautiful we had to turn around and find a place to park. With the tide out we had plenty of space to wander out and have a look around. Once away from the road it quite secluded, and incredibly peaceful.
My mate is used to me stripping off at times when out and about on our photography trips, so is fine with me taking time out to enjoy the freedom of being clothes free. The air was very still, the temperature mild, and with the secluded peacefulness of the area, i could not only get some photos, but have time to really take in the beauty of the place whilst nude.
I don’t think most people really understand why some of us love being naked in the great outdoors. Clothes are there to protect us when we need it, but the feeling of the air against the body, to feel like you’re a part of the natural environment. It’s our natural state, and a state i strongly believe we should be able to experience much more. Continued…Read full original article…
I’ve become convinced that, like a summer holiday, Christmas is a time when people can ‘let their guard down’ a bit.
Many women who would never contemplate going topless (or nude) at home will happily shed their bikini top, or more, when taken out of their usual habitat and routine. It’s a time to do things that are a bit ‘silly’.
There’s no arguing that we live in a social media world. And while we use Instagram as a platform for inspiration, motivation, and most importantly, to showcase the best version of ourselves, some people really have nothing better to do other than to find enjoyment in leaving nasty body-shaming comments on posts.
Although you might be thinking body-shaming only applies to a particular group or size, The Nude Blogger, aka Jessa O’Brien, explained in a recent post that even she has endured body-shaming as a ‘thin’ person – calling out what she says is a ‘”double standard”.
The Gold Coast local has over 74,000 followers on Instagram, where her feed is, you guessed it, filled with images of her posing nude – in the ocean, doing cartwheels, at yoga, taking an outdoor shower, you name it. While it might not sound exactly PG-rated, O’Brien accompanies her snaps with captions that focus on self-esteem and acceptance. Continued…Read full original article…
He never really understood the big fuss around nudity and never developed the awkward inhibitions that he reckons society places on us. “It’s no big deal in my eyes, we’ve all got the same parts and we’ve all seen it before!”
How It All Began
Like all good things, it started out as a bit of innocent fun. As a modern day Christmas gift for his fiancé, he snapped twelve shots of himself at Sydney’s most scenic locations, each with a common theme: only a birthday suit allowed. He turned the cheeky pics into a calendar, covered it in tinsel and made his partner’s Christmas that year.
For a giggle he also created the Get Naked Australia Instagram page. It would seem there are a few closet fans of naturism out there too, the page went viral and in a little over a year the page has grown to 216k followers and become one of our favourite social pages in the digi-sphere.
Initially it was just his friends joining the starkers party, but it quickly snowballed and now fun folk from the length and breadth of the country share their prized snaps with Brendan. Continued…Read full original article…
Artist Claudia Sahuquillo uses naked bodies as canvases to paint beautiful works of art and, in doing so, hopes to normalise nudity.
Sahuquillo paints patterns including eyes, feathers and flowers on people’s bodies in bright bursts of colour.
Much of her work focuses on painting across women’s bare breasts, which enables her to share her work on social media without it being removed.
The body painter, from Barcelona, shares most of her work on Instagram using the hashtag #skinisthenewcanvas. The unique subject has gained her more than 50,000 followers. Continued…Read full original article…
Foreign tourists have posted nude images taken in Sri Lanka, some in public places despite the strong Buddhist culture followed in the country.
Nudity in public is not allowed in Sri Lanka and there have been instances where tourists have been arrested in the past for being nude in public.
The Daily Star reported that this year has seen a surge in the popularity of ditching clothes on holiday, with a number of Instagram pages dedicated to getting people’s kit off. Continued…Read full original article…
Right about now I could name the person who sent me an email expressing disquiet about larger sized, or more mature, naturists featured on these pages. Or even men. Or women with pubic hair.
The inference being that I should only post photos of your women who conform with the author’s vision of what is ‘attractive’, and managed to body shame the majority of the human race in just a few lines. Continued…Read full original article…
Snow fell in the Netherlands allowing Lukas to experience winter that is a bit more like what I did more than a month ago. It is too cold now in Canada and I am currently in Peru before heading off to Ecuador where I hope not to experience any more snow, at least until Easter time when I am back in Canada.
When it snows with a temperature around -5 Celsius, it brings out the child in a man. And I, like Lukas here, take advantage of this magical time to play. I have made snow angels, shovelled snow, tried meditation, and going for short hikes in the countryside, especially if there are trees around to slow any passing breeze. Continued…Read full original article…
Melvin has been kind enough to share with me, and in turn with you, his second home, a mountain hide-away. I have often wondered about simplifying life with a retreat place where I could forget about being on edge about nudity while living in a community.
Of course, being off the grid means one leaves behind plumbing and modern conveniences. I have a similar camping shower for when we head out to the wilderness such as Sandy uses here. When we lived at my wife’s parental farm which we bought in the 70s. baths were taken in a square tub with the water heated on a wood stove. Continued…Read full original article…
También en invierno el nudismo es posible, al menos para algunas personas que parecen inmunes a las bajas temperaturas, o que acostumbradas a éstas no tienen ningún problema en bañarse en aguas gélidas, revolcarse en la nieve, hacer una marcha por la montaña, o incluso practicar algún deporte de invierno, todo ello naturalmente en completa desnudez. Esto y más muestran las 22 fotografías que componen esta exposición temporal de fotografías.
Nota: Haciendo clic sobre cualquiera de las fotografías puedes visualizarlas en sus tamaños originales, en modo “pase de diapositivas”. Read full original article…
Taking nude selfies is an act of erotic expression, and sharing them with a trustworthy partner can deepen your intimacy (plus make for tantalizing foreplay). Sadly, the joys of this pastime are often eclipsed by anxiety over photos being stolen or shared without consent. Considering the pervasive mixed messages about our bodies and sexuality, it’s no wonder that sexting has become such a fraught topic.
Ever since writing an advice book about sexting, I’ve been fascinated by the politics of this most modern of subjects. Taking a naked picture of yourself and sharing it is consensual adult sex; distributing such pictures without the subject’s consent or looking at them without their permission is abuse. As long as everyone involved enthusiastically consents at every step of the way, taking and share nude photos is one of the hottest things you can do. Read on for my expert tips at getting even more sext-ual pleasure out of nudes. Continued…Read full original article…
Roshan Adhihetty is a Swiss photographer who joined a group of nude hikers on their various hiking trips across Europe.
The series is called ‘Die Nacktwandere’, German for “the naked hike”. Shots feature tasteful depictions of average nature-lovers who simply prefer to hike naked.
While Adhihetty never actually joined the naked hikers in taking off his clothes to stroll the trail nude, his photos almost make us want to.
The nude treks took the crew over beautiful mountain tops in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Even though the hikers went without clothes, regular hiking gear like backpacks, walking poles, and packed lunches were still in order. Continued…Read full original article…