A man who was caught naked in a Planet Fitness thought he’d get away with it because the gym considers itself a “judgment-free zone,” officials said.
Eric Stagno, 34, of Massachusetts, was arrested on Sunday at a gym in Plaistow, N.H., after gymgoers allegedly caught him exercising in the nude, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.
Plaistow Capt. Brett Morgan said police were dispatched to the Planet Fitness location after receiving a call from witnesses that summarily said, “the guy walked in, stripped down right there in front, left the clothes and belongings at the front desk, walked back and forth across the gym a couple of times and then settled in over at the yoga mats.”
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…
This will be only the second time Lulu has attended the life drawing group that meets at the Friend in Hand Pub in Glebe.
Although she had three years of modelling experience in art spaces, there was hesitation when she initially answered a call to pose at the licensed venue.
“I was nervous. I wasn’t sure about where the class would be held,” Lulu said.
“I was curious as to what kind of crowd it would bring and if that would affect my position as a model.
“It’s a vulnerable position enough to be getting naked in front of a group of strangers and presenting yourself in that way, let alone people who have been drinking.” Continued…Read full original article…
There are countless quirks about humans, but one of the real doozies is that most are confused, divided and downright ditsy when it comes to their own physical nature. To millions, the human body in its natural state is embarrassing, shameful, indecent or undignified. Its exposure provokes hostility, fear, nervous laughter or mockery. It threatens social standing, challenges order, infringes laws and is often punished with a severity bizarrely incommensurate with the offence.
The really odd thing about this is that it’s not generally considered odd at all. The necessity of concealing bits of the human body is taken for granted in precisely the same way that the need to provide animals with trousers isn’t. And they call Pagans irrational and superstitious.
Witches, Druids, and Pagans of many other species tend to be among the minority who don’t buy into humanity’s alienation from its unembellished form, recognizing this to be both symbolic and symptomatic of a desperately unhealthy estrangement from nature. Partly for that reason, as you’re reading this, several thousand Witches and Pagans around the world will be casting their Circles, wearing no more than they wore in the womb. 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…
¿Desnudarse es feminista? Un cuerpo femenino sin ropa despierta todo tipo de juicios contra las mujeres. ¿A qué se debe esto?
Primero, cada mujer tiene derecho a desnudarse donde quiera y a elegir que le tomen fotos desnuda. Eso no tiene nada de malo. Un cuerpo desnudo es solo un cuerpo desnudo, no tendría que ser sorpresa para nadie que una mujer tenga pezones debajo de su blusa. Pero como vivimos en un mundo sexista, el desnudo de una mujer es leído como un motivo de vergüenza, una pérdida de la virtud, una muestra de falta de autoestima, un semáforo en verde para que otros se masturben con su imagen. En realidad es absurdo que tantas lecturas castiguen a las mujeres por desnudarse, mientras que si un hombre lo hace, por mucho llega a ser irreverente. Y se pone peor: si una mujer se desnuda y le gusta su cuerpo, la gente la acusará de vanidosa, superficial, provocadora y hasta estúpida. En resumen, las mujeres somos castigadas si tomamos control de nuestro cuerpo y, más aún, si osamos asumirnos como seres sexuales.
El problema no es que las mujeres se desnuden. El problema es que muchas veces esos desnudos son explotados por una industria que deshumaniza y explota los cuerpos de las mujeres para lucrarse. En 1975, la crítica feminista Laura Mulvey creó el concepto ‘male gaze’. Mulvey argumenta que en el cine se impone una mirada masculina; es decir, la cámara asume la perspectiva de un hombre, heterosexual, cisgénero. Esto se evidencia cuando la cámara nos impone mirar de arriba a abajo un cuerpo, o cuando solo vemos un cierto tipo de desnudo (el de la mujer joven y delgada), que es el único que agrada al patriarcado. Decimos que es una mirada que ‘deshumaniza’ porque se trata de un sujeto que mira a un objeto (y ese objeto es una persona, como las mujeres en Playboy). Es una mirada tan invasiva que las mujeres la hemos interiorizado cuando nos miramos en el espejo. Sirve, cómo no, para vender revistas, películas y todo tipo de entretenimiento. Esa convergencia compleja de los cuerpos de las mujeres convertidos en mercancía y el castigo social que provoca el desnudo hace que sean productos casi irresistibles. Continued…Read full original article…
I’M ON holiday in Berlin, sitting opposite a tattooed stranger, chatting about where we’re going clubbing tonight. He happens to be stark naked – and so am I.
This should be weird, but it isn’t. That’s because we’re in a spa where everyone is nude. All around me, bodies of all ages and builds are swimming, sitting, sweating and letting it all hang out, literally.
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…
One of the more noteworthy observations I have made as a naturist is the sometimes feeling of being more naked than other times. When you are nude most hours of the day it almost becomes so commonplace that you forget it. You forget how special it is, because it has become the norm and isn’t really special anymore.
But some days I just feel more free than others. Some days my nudity is far more noticable. The breeze is just that much more sensational on my skin, the sun is that much warmer. Sometimes it’s just the blissful feeling of nothing. I just am. Naked. Open to the world. Continued…Read full original article…
Menos estrés y más autoestima, eso es lo que inicialmente puede ofrece el nudismo, a las personas que han conocido la forma de vida naturista. Toda una filosofía de vida, donde pierden validez los cánones de belleza impuestos por las modas y que ayuda, y mucho, a la autoaceptación de nuestro propio cuerpo.
El nudismo y en extensión más clarificadora el naturismo, llevan un enorme componente en lo que se refiere al respeto al medio ambiente y a la conservación del planeta.
“El nudismo es una filosofía, una mentalidad, uno es nudista siempre, lo practique o no, porque es una manera de pensar de la persona sobre el cuerpo humano. Creo que todo el mundo es nudista desde que nace y luego la sociedad nos impone la ropa y nos hace pensar que hay algo malo en el cuerpo, pero posteriormente algunos nos damos cuenta de que esta imposición es muy negativa y logramos superar las barreras que nos han inculcado hacia nuestra anatomía”. Continued…Read full original article…
Nature is glorious. It can make us feel a whole lot of ways — sometimes nature’s splendor makes us want to charge all the way up a mountain, or break out our stupidest dance move on the beach at sunset, or strip down to our birthday suits and skip through a field of wildflowers.
But what happens when our deepest instinct is to strip down naked to take in a primeval forest or a spectacular mountain vista, in a place where a lot of other people are definitely going to be around to spectate? Like in a national park, for instance. Turns out, you wouldn’t be the first person ever to have that impulse. But like so many other impulses, it’s important to know whether it’s legal. Continued…Read full original article…
A mother who shares baths with her 10 and 11-year-old sons is at risk of “confusing” her boys, a life coach has said.
Ben Edwards, who is a father himself, appeared on British breakfast programme This Morning to debate the issue of nudity in front of your children, and said that, as boys approach puberty, they “tend to fantasise about their mother”.
His comments came after journalist Lauren Libbert said she continues to bathe with her sons even though they are 10 and 11 – something she said is a “normal” and “enjoyable” part of their family routine, the Daily Mail reported.
Mother-of-three Holly Willoughby suggested Ben was “over-sexualising” the matter, but viewers watching at home appeared to agree with his point of view – tweeting that the mother-of-two’s decision to be openly naked in front of her children was “weird” and “not normal”. Continued…Read full original article…
TV presenter Victoria Derbyshire revealed she happily walks around the house in front of her sons in the nude – and the boys, 11 and 13, “don’t bat an eyelid”.
The body confident BBC host had a right-side mastectomy and reconstruction on her breast after she was diagnosed with stage 2 lobular breast cancer in 2015.
But despite the surgery, Victoria maintains that, in her home, nudity isn’t a big deal.
Victoria, 49, will join a number of other celebrities and TV personalities for the ITV show The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night, which will see the stars disrobe like in the famous film.
The Lancashire presenter said: “It’s not just nudity for the sake of it, or for looking glamorous. It’s nudity for a purpose – to say this is what can happen when you get a diagnosis of breast cancer. 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…
Raro es el día que no nos levantamos con un nuevo caso de censura en estos tiempos aciagos para la libertad de expresión. Cuando no están encarcelando a algún rapero por cantar las verdades del barquero, un juez decide que secuestrar un libro es lo más normal del mundo (aunque consiga el efecto contrario) o la feria Arco hace un gigantesco ridículo al retirar una exposición por su incoveniente mensaje político.
Esto con Franco sí pasaba, claro. Pasaba todos los días: cualquier libro, película, revista o periódico era revisada concienzudamente por el correspondiente censor para poder llegar al público convenientemente mutilada. Sin embargo, en ocasiones algún vigilante de la moral intentó ser más papista que el Papa y se pasó de frenada a la hora de aplicar el celo. Continued…Read full original article…
Aleah Chapin nació en 1986 en Seattle, Washington (Estados Unidos) se licenció en Bellas Artes en el Colegio de Artes Cornish y obtuvo el Master en Bellas Artes en la Academia de Arte de Nueva York, también obtuvo una beca en el Programa Internacional de Arte de Leipzig, (Alemania) y es miembro de la MacDowell Colony de New Hampshire (Estados Unidos).
En el 2012 ganó el primer premio de la XXXIII edición del BP Portrait Award londinense por la obra a gran escala titulada “Auntie” en la que representa el desnudo de una amiga de la familia. Este cuadro forma parte de la serie “Aunties Project” que consta de una serie de desnudos de mujeres a las que la artista ha ido conociendo durante su vida. Sus retratos de cuerpo entero sorprenden por un realismo pictórico realmente impactante y son el contrapunto a los dictados de una sociedad exigente con el cuerpo de la mujer a la que no se le permite ningún tipo de imperfecciones, cambio de peso y que deben aparentar eternas adolescentes. Continued…Read full original article…
El hombre se hizo viral en redes luego de que Peer Video subiera la entrevista que le realizó a Wang. Aquí el hombre cuenta que en el 2012 tuvo una de las situaciones económicas más difíciles de su vida y decidió hacer un gran cambio en su vida: convertiste en modelo nudista para un colegio local de Chengdu, China.
Wang cuenta que no sólo encontró un propósito en la vida, también encontró a alguien con quien charlar ya que, durante los recesos, platica con estudiantes y maestros de la institución. Asimismo, considera que lo que hace es sólo una forma de hacer arte. Sin embargo, sus hijos no lo ven así y no lo han visitado desde hace años. Continued…Read full original article…
A Canadian man is complaining about what he describes as “excessive nudity” in the men’s changing room at his local public pool.
Norm Waddell goes to the Cowichan Aquatic Centre in Duncan, British Columbia, for physiotherapy. He told staff the men’s locker room is packed with elderly men letting it all hang free. Waddell admits they’re not doing anything illegal, but insists the lockers are for public use and everyone should feel comfortable in them.
“I don’t think it’s right that these men make it so uncomfortable for others with their nudity,” he said. “I have a son who is not comfortable with it either. There are separate cubicals and shower stalls in the change rooms so these men should be made to use them.” 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…
Diary of a Nudist (1961) película documental de temática nudista, trata de un editor de periódico, Arthur Sherwood, que estando en un viaje de caza se tropieza accidentalmente con una colonia nudista en el bosque. Él, muy sorprendido por ésto, decide enviar a la reportera Stacy Taylor a la colonia nudista para que puede escribir un reportaje contrario al nudismo. Sin embargo, para su sorpresa, descubre que Stacy le gusta el estilo de vida nudista y escribe algunos artículos muy positivos sobre sus experiencias, que no sientan bien a Arthur. Éste decide entonces unirse a la colonia el mismo y escribir su propia historia.
Doris Wishman, estadounidense (Nueva York 1912 – Miami 2002) fue directora, guionista y productora de cine. Comenzó su carrera cinematográfica de forma temprana. Aunque contaba con algún familiar en una compañía de producción, desde el principio tuvo muy claro entrar en el negocio del cine por su cuenta.
Imagine you are a gay man or woman happily married to someone of the same sex. To celebrate your love, you post a vacation photo with your significant other, kissing on the beach. None of your friends or family members object to the image, because they have known you and your spouse for many years, and they are accepting of your relationship. Except, of course, for Uncle Fred. Uncle Fred is a Bible-thumping evangelical, and he strongly opposes gay unions. For him, homosexuality is wrong. What’s more, Fred believes that the sight of two men kissing is harmful to his children. They might get the wrong idea, he argues. God forbid, his kids might even turn gay! So Fred contacts Facebook, marking your content as inappropriate. You are hence banned from Facebook for a week. In addition, you are told that if you post such an offensive image again, your account may be suspended for life. The message this sends is clear. Being homosexual is wrong, and for the “good” of the community, you must hide your perverse lifestyle from the public eye.
In today’s enlightened world, Fred’s complaint would go unheeded. We now recognize that anti-gay rhetoric is discriminatory. We accept the LGBT community because we know that different forms of sexual identity are not the result of mental illness, and that the sight of two men kissing will not harm our children. We have sufficient evidence that children born to gay parents turn out to be upstanding and productive members of society. Whatever harmful beliefs were once directed at the LGBT community were largely based on the Book of Leviticus, and early Judaism, and have no place in our modern world.
And yet, Facebook continues to discriminate against a minority group. Naturists were once treated with the same level of condemnation and hostility as the LGBT community. Like social lepers, early nudists lived as outcasts, in the most isolated parts of the country, and were subject to police raids and arrests, even when their activities were hidden behind closed doors. Most naturists I know do not tell people what they do on weekends. Many of us live in a state of anxiety (I know I do) over how we might be judged. I have met people who traveled outside the country just to be free of clothing, yet refuse to visit the club a mile from their house for fear of being discovered. I have known people who have lost their jobs because of their online naturist profiles. But while acceptance of the LGBT community continues to grow, naturists remain marginalized and misrepresented. By acting on our beliefs, we risk placement on the Sex Offender Registry List, to be forever associated with rapists and pedophiles. While nudists are permitted to promote their ideology in writing, we are never allowed to act upon that ideology. In being censored, we are silenced, and our arguments made ineffectual. There is no greater proof of nudism than to see whole families, on the beach, at campgrounds or in family pools, naked and innocent. Continued…Read full original article…
Who doesn’t love the thrill of being naked? Whether it be walking around the house sans clothes when you’re home alone or that time you threw caution to the wind and went skinny dipping, there’s something intimately freeing about getting your gear off.
While for most of us nudity is about all about a moment of spontaneity, for some it’s a permanent lifestyle choice.
Cherie Lidbury, who lives in Newcastle on the New South Wales coast, says she fell into the nudist lifestyle in her 30s when she was a sales rep on the road and has embraced the concept ever since. Continued…Read full original article…
BBC presenter Kate Humble sheds her clothes to go skinny dipping in scenes watched by millions of TV viewers.
The Londoner, 49, displayed her bare backside as she plunged into a freezing lake while travelling around Wales for her new BBC2 series Off The Beaten Track.
Kate said she wanted to see if she was “brave enough to immerse herself” in the world of artist Natasha Brooks, who regularly swims naked.
Describing her nude dip, she said: “There’s that middle bit where it creeps over your thigh.
“I can’t speak because it’s so cold.”
The Springwatch host has previously revealed her fondness for sunbathing naked in her French holiday home and claims she once danced naked in the desert with her husband. Continued…Read full original article…
Lanie is a life-model for art students, as well as a model for photographers in the United Kingdom. It takes a lot of courage to take up a position that doesn’t always flatter one’s sense of self, poses that are often uncomfortable when held for too long. I know that I would struggle with this hard work.
Likely, I am not as self-confident as Lanie in risking how others see me. And make no mistake about it, this takes a lot of self confidence.
To be a life model, is in my opinion, similar to being an actor or actress. The audience is focused on performance, not on the person behind the scene. The audience is studying the scene, learning to capture what they see. And surprisingly, what is seen isn’t a mirror image of what or who is to be seen. Continued…Read full original article…
Tauranga will host a mass skinny dip for a good cause next year.
Registrations have opened for the inaugural “Nude Dude” charity swim to be held on March 15, 2018, at an unnamed Western Bay beach.
After registering, nude dudes – who can be of any gender – must fundraise a certain amount – $300 for individuals and $1000 for groups of up to four – to make the cut for the R18 birthday suit 100m splash in the surf.
Only those competing will be given access to the beach, and there will be no spectators allowed.
The swim will be a fundraiser for Tauranga’s Breast Cancer Support Service, which provides emotional and practical support for women with breast cancer and their families, and receives no government funding. Continued…Read full original article…
Over the past year, we have seen a boom in artificial intelligent (AII) technology. From the good (choosing viable IVF embryos) to the bad (designing inspirational posters) to the strange (coming up with quaint – sometimes rude – British place names), its success has been a bit of a mixed bag.
The latest news in the world of AI comes from London, UK, where the city’s Metropolitan Police have announced plans to use artificial intelligence to scan electronic devices for images of child abuse. They say the technology should be ready for use within “two to three years”.
As of right now, however, there is just one small hiccup – the software mistakes desert landscapes for nude photographs. Presumably, it’s because of the color. 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…
I wrote this essay as part of a first year writing course I took this fall with Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda. To put this into context, I am a senior (5th year) undergraduate mathematics major taking this particular English core requirement for the third time. The original assignment was to define a mores or ritual in American culture. In freaking out I decided to write in a style that I was more familiar with. With that in mind, here is the result.
Who Cares About Your Genitals?
In 2003, Stephen Peter Gough began hiking naked through the United Kingdom “earning the nickname ‘the naked rambler’.” His more than thirty subsequent arrests resulted in “almost seven years in prison” (Gough 6 and 160). Given the potential consequences of public nudity, we can see how strongly western culture values the ritual of clothing oneself. Thus, we define socially mandated clothing (SMC) as clothing worn for the specific purpose of avoiding social punishment.
Claim. Socially mandated clothing exists.
Proof. Given the verifiable existence of at least one nudist resort and verifiable positive testimonies of humans having at one point participated in aforementioned nudist resort community, it follows that there exists at least one human who has at one point been more comfortable being nude than clothed in front of other humans. Also, the daily rates imply that residency at this resort is temporary (Cypress). By the principle that humans tend to have recurring desires, this human has wanted to be nude rather than clothed in public while not a resident at the resort. Finally, we may reasonably assume that this human has experienced days in which the weather was appropriate for nudity. Therefore, any clothing worn by this human on such a day when that human desired to be nude would be, by definition, socially mandated clothing.* Continued…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…
Standing steady as stone, like a Renaissance statue with movable lips, Paul Cronin hears artist Joan Rooks behind him blowing her nose. He cannot help but to offer some friendly advice.
“At the first sign of a cold, have vitamin C and Echinacea on standby, and hammer it with everything you’ve got,” he says, still holding his pose. “And make sure you cover your head. That’s the simplest, low-tech method to bypass or minimize a cold.”
So says the naked guy in the drafty, old art school.
Because someone has to do it and because a man needs to make a living, Cronin has been disrobing in the name of fine art since the 1970s. Go ahead and multiply roughly 32 hours a week by four-plus decades by thousands of artists. Cronin has. He estimates there have been some quarter million renderings of his lean nakedness.
He owns a few of them, gifts from the artists. He keeps them rolled up in a closet under his stairwell. One, drawn years ago by the now famous Jerome Witkin, is probably worth something.
It’s 6 p.m. on Monday, and Cronin has spent the afternoon naked at a Williams College drawing class. Now he’s here in the drawing room at IS 183 Art School for three hours of posing on a platform beside a space heater at the weekly open studio.
His clothes hang upon an easel. His shoes are set tidily together in a corner with his socks draped loosely across them. Cronin has taken his position in the center of the room doing what he’s become famous for in art circles within an hour radius of Albany: He is keeping perfectly still. Continued…Read full original article…