Simon Sansome, 37, who runs campaigning group Ability Access, posted an ‘empowering’ image of Vicky Balch, 23, as an example of bravery.
The activist, from Leicester, slammed Facebook’s action as ‘discrimination’ and said he was left ‘appalled’ by the decision.
The image in question shows Vicky, 21 at the time, in a nude shot focusing on her amputated leg, which was shared almost three years ago.
Simon, who suffered spinal damage after a rugby accident four years ago and now uses a wheelchair, recorded a call with a member of Facebook’s marketing team.
The operator is believed to have said: ‘Anything that’s disturbing isn’t allowed on Facebook.
‘You have to understand, I’m sure some people find it disturbing to see pictures of disabled people. I don’t, but some might.
‘I have never come across a page that promotes disability.’
Towards the end of last year, I published an essay about my vulva – in a book, and then in the Guardian. At 25, I’d spent years considering labiaplasty and having sex with the lights off, because of things ignorant boys had said, as well as some of my friends. I felt a deep sense of shame about my body, which over time became crippling.
It’s this shame that photographer Laura Dodsworth is aiming to overcome with her latest project, Womanhood. In a book and accompanying film for Channel 4, she tells the stories of 100 women and gender non-conforming people through portraits of their vulvas. It’s the third instalment in a series: in Bare Reality and Manhood, Dodsworth photographed and talked to people about their breasts and their penises, respectively (both stories featured in Weekend magazine). The photographer has described the series as an “unexpected triptych”; she didn’t know the project would take this direction at the start (and, when it was first suggested to her, she didn’t want it to). But the more she thought about photographing women’s vulvas, the more necessary she felt it was. Continued…Read full original article…
A couple of weeks ago a friendly follower pitched us the website #isitnude. Basically it uses artificial intelligence to figure out whether a picture contains nudity or not. Sounds familiar? If you ever had a Facebook or Instagram ban for nudity (often not legit, but that’s another story) you know exactly why we found this subject interesting. Although we don’t have proof of this, we’re pretty sure that these artificial intelligence algorithms are exactly what social media is using to figure out whether our photos are appropriate or not. Maybe after the machine check a real person does a double check, but we honestly doubt it. Based on some of the photos for which we have been banned, the big anti-nudity machine seems to be nothing more than… exactly… a machine.
We’re not going to bother you with many of the details about how this system actually works, if you want to read more about it, you can find all info Here. What it comes down to is that just like for face recognition it searches for skin patches and based on their positions and sizes the system tries to figure out whether the skin is part of one of those body parts that should remain hidden for the world (according to them, not to us). One could call it “penis recognition” or “female nipple recognition”… One term even more disturbing than the other. Continued…Read full original article…
Students from the University of Bristol have been snapped in the nude for a naked charity calendar.
The cheeky photographs feature students from 12 different societies, including the badminton team, a group of fencers and the lifesaving team, all posing with strategically placed objects which prevent them from baring all.
One of the nude pictures shows the ultimate frisbee team standing proud in the park with just their frisbee protecting their modesty.
Others show the Snowsports society turning their backs to the camera on the dry slopes.
The calendar was organised by the University of Bristol’s Raising and Giving (RAG) society with proceeds going to three local charities.
The spectacular range of images were taken by photographer Bryan Wong.
‘The calendar has become an annual event within RAG’s fundraising, due to the pure enthusiasm of the student body,’ RAG’s events officer, Paige Taylor said, speaking about the calendar’s success. Continued…Read full original article…
Many years ago, two chefs from two different restaurants decided that they would ban all cameras and photo-taking. One chef said that food was to be eaten, not photographed. He particularly did not like to see his customers snapping selfies with their food. It didn’t take more than a month or two before both restaurants had to close down. One of them tried to salvage his business by declaring that he had changed his mind; he now encouraged photograph-taking. Take as many photos as you want, he pleaded. But it was too late. When a person wages war against a selfie taker, there is no turning back. The die is cast and every selfie lover will do his bit. In most cities in Asia that would mean just about every single customer of yours.
Restaurants that ban selfie-taking may survive in Europe but there’s no way such a restaurant can make ends meet in Asia. When I think about it, if I have a choice to eat something without once taking a pic or to pose for pics with the food without eating it, I would rather pose for pictures with the food than eat it.
It’s very hard to explain why Asians are so obsessed with selfie-taking. I was once in a nondescript Underground station in London and a friend I was with asked me why a group of Korean tourists were taking selfies in the station itself. It was quite an ugly station actually but they were all busy taking selfies with their phones/cameras. Before I could think of an answer, a train approached and out came my phone for a quick selfie. I just had to take a selfie with an approaching train and I do this even in my own country. Continued…Read full original article…
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…