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Midlife as a Gift of Renewal – Welcome to Naturism

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.

Humble and dignified and authentically Lanie
Humble and dignified and authentically Lanie

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…

Source: Sky Clad Therapist

Original publication JUNE 1, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 5th June 2018

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El Naturismo en Francia

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…

Source: Espacio de Información Naturista

Original publication MAYO 19, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 29th May 2018

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Fuerteventura – A Naturist Holiday with Holly

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.

Clothing required – but when an opportunity presents …
Clothing required – but when an opportunity presents …

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…

Source: Sky Clad Therapist – The Naked Psyche

Original publication MAY 5, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 6th May 2018

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Creator of body positive Instagram feed filled with snaps of NAKED hikers enjoying the great outdoors claims it’s been ‘shadow banned’ by social media giant

  • 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.

Instaban: Brendan Jones, 27, from Sydney, reveals his viral body confidence Instagram account could be forced to close after their hashtag was banned for inappropriate content
Instaban: Brendan Jones, 27, from Sydney, reveals his viral body confidence Instagram account could be forced to close after their hashtag was banned for inappropriate content Carters News Agency

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…

Source: Daily Mail

Original publication 18 April 2018

Posted on NatCorn 19th April 2018

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The Naked Professor: Meet the man posting nude photos to encourage people to live a better life
It all started with a lack of sexual fulfilment and a growing interest in personal development

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.

Alin Ostafe

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…

Source: The Independent

Original publication Thursday 12 April 2018

Posted on NatCorn 18th April 2018

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Naked Britain: Fashion photographer to open naturism exhibition
Fashion photographer Amelia Allen took off her clothes to document naturism in Britain. As an exhibition of her work opens in Edinburgh, she talks about how the project changed the way she felt about her body

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.

An image from Amelia Allen's book Naked Britain
An image from Amelia Allen’s book Naked Britain

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…

Source: The Scotsman

Original publication 27 February 2018

Posted on NatCorn 7th March 2018

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What You See In a Photo of Someone Nude

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.

The conscious self is only ego and skin deep.
The conscious self is only ego and skin deep.

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…

Source: Sky Clad Therapist – The Naked Psyche

Original publication FEBRUARY 27, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 6th March 2018

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FKK-DDR

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…

Source: The SL Naturist

Original publication February 24, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 26th February 2018

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The naked truth about depression: Kiwi farmers bare all for mental health

Kiwi farmers are removing their overalls and gumboots in a lighthearted bid to raise awareness about the mental health crisis in rural communities.

West Melton Young Farmers Club members enjoy the great outdoors.
West Melton Young Farmers Club members enjoy the great outdoors.

Amid stubbornly high suicide rates among the rural community, Australian Ben Brooksby launched The Naked Farmer social media site last year.

It quickly caught on and he soon had farmers sending in their disrobed shots from all over the world, including a few from New Zealand. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Stuff

Original publication February 11 2018

Posted on NatCorn 22nd February 2018

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What Makes a Photo a Naturist Photo?

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…

Source: Sky Clad Therapist – The Naked Psyche

Original publication JANUARY 31, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 12th February 2018

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WNBR – Mexico City 2017

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…

Source: Active Naturists

Original publication 20 October 2017

Posted on NatCorn 24th January 2018

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‘We may be nudists, but we ain’t stupid’: Indian Hills Nudist Park deals with cold snap

With one of the longest and chilliest cold snaps in years taking hold across south Louisiana, everyone seems to be bundling up. Even nudists.

Indian Hills Nudist Park pool seen after snowfall on Dec. 8
Indian Hills Nudist Park pool seen after snowfall on Dec. 8 Indian Hills Nudist Park

“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…

Source: The Advocate

Original publication JAN 2, 2018

4th January 2018
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Blotebillenduik Twiske warm en druk! (filmpje)
Natuurlijk hebben wij elkaar klokslag twaalf vannacht een gelukkig nieuwjaar gewenst, maar eigenlijk begon 2018 pas echt vanmiddag om 14:00 uur.

De traditionele blotebillennieuwjaarsduik In het Baaiegat in ’t Twiske markeerde een genoeglijk fris begin van het jaar dat voor ons ligt.

 

Wij waren erbij, genoten ervan en zagen dat de opkomst weer groter was dan vorig jaar. Na afloop werd er geproost met glühwein, chocomelk en champagne. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: De Orkaan

Original publication 1 januari 2018

3rd January 2018
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A Kiniki Experience With Holly – Before and After

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 trying out the Kiniki bathing suit for the first time.
Holly trying out the Kiniki bathing suit for the first time.

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…

Source: Sky Clad Therapist – The Naked Psyche

Original publication DECEMBER 27, 2017

30th December 2017