Saturday, December 16, 2017

Winter Coat

How do you tell if someone who is naked under their heavy winter jacket is an exhibitionist or just a nudist? I think it depends on the conditions under which they will open their coat. Of course, that's assuming the unflattering stereotype that exhibitionism relies on non-consent, when it could be the case that the exhibitionist simply enjoys the secret knowledge of being naked under his coat without needing anyone else to suspect anything unusual. What if it's not the shock and dismay, but the mere fact of being naked (to one extent or another) in a crowd or outdoors or in a public place that the exhibitionist takes pleasure in? And what if that pleasure is not strictly sexual in nature (in the sense of causing sexual stimulation, and being used directly as a masturbatory aid), but just something from which the "exhibitionist" derives delight? Are we not then just talking about a nudist? Or is a nudist not allowed to "enjoy being nude" too much? If this is neither nudism nor exhibitionism, then what exactly should we call it? We have words for non-explicit, sensual eroticism, but we do not properly recognize it for what it is - non-explicitly sexual. If it has anything whatsoever to do with sex, it's forbidden. Call something "erotic" and the masses rush to cover their children's eyes, and toss it into the stigmatized bin of "pornography".

I know it's "dangerous" (for nudists, at least) to blur the line between sex and nudity, but I hope you'll see that the line between nudism and exhibitionism (and also voyeurism) is not so clear cut. I'm not saying that to justify any kind of behavior that is not appropriate in a nudist context, but to demonstrate why these subjects so often get tangled up. It's not some insidious strategy by a cabal of perverts. It's human nature. And while we can dictate the rules at a nudist venue (and we should!) - to preserve the decorum of civilized society - we should understand that there are not two distinct peoples in the world: nudists, and exhibitionists; and that, somehow, exhibitionists "just don't get it". Sometimes they overlap. Sometimes nudity is erotic. And sometimes it's not. There is room in this wonderful world for both - we must simply have faith that man can learn where and when one is appropriate and the other is not (and then assist in teaching him). There's no reason to pledge allegiance to one and disparage the other outright. Perverts tend to accept this more readily than nudists do - although that makes sense, since the latter has more to lose. But I'll take the truth over political posturing any day of the week. And twice on Sundays.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Showering At The Beach

Another outtake from last summer before we dive into something more seasonal. How often do you get the opportunity to set up a camera in a public shower facility? They're usually either too public (and you don't want to risk giving anyone the impression that you're trying to violate their privacy - to paraphrase the Marquis de Sade, I'm a pervert, not a criminal), or there's nowhere to put the camera.

It's just too bad I have to rely on such poor production values (and it's awfully hard to shower when one of your hands is occupied with keeping the water flowing). I enjoy showering in the (semi-)open air, and I think it's a fruitful subject for a visual documentary - all that skin, wetness, and rubbing... It's a shame we live in such a prudish society.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

In Your Eyes

I've mentioned before (though not often, as it's not a frequent occurrence) how much I like seeing how another person captures me in the camera lens. I'm intimately familiar with how I look posing in front of my own camera, and I like the high level of control it affords me over the creative process (in spite of its great limitations).

You'd think it wouldn't make much difference who's behind the camera, because what you're seeing in the frame is the same thing, but anyone with even a little experience with photography will know the ocean of difference that can exist between two people looking at the same scene, applying their own perspective, equipment, talent, and experience to capturing a shot. After all, a famous photographer once said that a photograph is a document of a relationship - the relationship between the model and the photographer.

I've long said that I wished I could make friends with some photographers, so I could have people at hand in casual, spontaneous situations to take pictures of me - situations where it's awfully difficult for me to set up a self-portrait, and which, as a result, haven't really been documented in my self-portrait photography. But I'm a bit of a recluse, and as such, I have only one person that hangs out with me a lot, who on rare occasions (she is, unfortunately, not a shutterbug by nature) feels inspired to take my picture.

Not being as experienced as me, the composition and framing of those pictures is not always up to my impossibly high standards, and I don't like not having complete control over my posing and, ultimately, how my body looks, but every now and then a shot will come out that resonates with me, and I'm always fascinated by the things I've never been able to capture in my own self-portraits - that casual, spontaneous feel; the real, unposed emotions; and those non-tripod-friendly angles. These are just a few fairly recent examples:

Copyright notice: The photographer and I have an agreement whereby I am the custodian of her copyright for purposes of online publication (although I have no desire to claim credit for them) on pictures she's taken of me, since I am a semi-professional model and photographer with a brand and a web presence, and she is not (and has no real desire to be).

Monday, December 11, 2017

Rotating 3D Image

While we're on the subject of outtakes, here is a [previously] unfinished project from last year. I ended up drowning in the code and never got around to finishing it - until now! I was inspired by those 3D rotating product images you see sometimes, where you can click and drag your mouse to rotate the product in the image, and I thought it would be a fun way to present myself as a nude model. Check it out! I made two versions - one plain, where I'm standing straight with my arms to my sides, and another one with some more dynamic poses. Here are the frames in sequence, but you should definitely click those links and check out the interactive versions!

Friday, December 8, 2017

River Totem

Another outtake from last summer. This time with a "human tripod" (i.e., I composed the shot, then had someone else press the trigger after I got into place). A rocky outcropping like that just begs to be stood upon!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Summer Outtakes

I usually reserve January for going back through the photos I've taken over the year, but I came across these two outtakes from last summer that never made publication - until now.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Some More Bathroom Selfies

I'm pretty sure I never posted these. It happens from time to time, and it's getting harder for me to keep track, as my library of photos continually grows. But these are from the shoot that produced this shot.

This was also taken on the same day - a playful reminder of what sometimes lies hidden under a thin layer of clothing: