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 🙂