There are of course these days many photographs that hint to be naturist ones, there are many other ones which hide behind the naturist banner, but what to be honest is a naturist photo? To me a naturist photo is one that shows the full liberating experience of being naked in the open air or one which shows how comfortable it is to be naked in your own home. With all the palaver over nudity these days with regards to children, the overriding view of naturists is that children are more damaged by lack of ordinary nudity in the home, rather than by any or too much of it. The total hysterical attitude of parents towards nudity across the western world, is just so much more damaging to children that a naked day at a club or a day swimming naked at the beach. A guy called Mark Tyrell is one of those people,he has a total over-reaction, restrictive attitude towards nudity. He has petitioned on HM Government e petition website that nudity be totally outlawed. He states:-
“It is about time that nude bathing in public should be outlawed altogether, including ‘private naturist clubs’. Beaches in public places have become a haven for those who like to harass alarm and distress innocent members of the public, whether clothed or not. Children must be protected. We need to make public nudity come under Indecent Exposure, despite the act not to offend or alarm and distress the public. Persons can commit ‘Outraging Public Decency’ in these places and the safest bet is to actually close beaches and places where social nudity is accepted.”
So far, he has only got 2 votes on this, one is probably his own and you have to wonder what kind of sad persona this guy actually has. It is this kind of attitude which gives people the wrong idea of the human body and also the wrong idea of naked photos. How many times did Boots report people for taking the odd naked photo? When I was younger and not really a full time naturist, I too got confused with what is a naturist photo and what kind of photo is used to titillate.
As I’ve become more educated and as I’ve lived more of a naturist lifestyle, the goalposts of what is naturist and what isn’t have changed. Just as art lovers study the classic nudes, I think I’m now able to study the occasional classical naturist photo and only appreciate it for its quality of subject, without any sexual overtones. For so many others, it’s difficult to differentiate between one or the other, mainly because in their lives they’re starved of open nudity and only see it on the adult channels or on the top shelf in a newsagents. In newspapers and magazines, I see partially clothed photos as being far more suggestive overall, than a normal total nude photo, whether it be a rear short or a full frontal. Being around naturists fairly often, you really just don’t notice or look if a naked person male or female walks past. These days I’m more embarrassed by The Sun’s page 3 “ meat feature, than I ever was before and magazines like FHM, Zoo, Nuts and GQ I’m just not interested in at all. Again a lot of sexual intrigue, especially in young men comes from a photo that leaves something to the imagination, in other words the sexual intrigue comes from what you can’t see, rather than what you can.Then of course there is the use of airbrushing ,making something, a body or a face to be bascially what it isnt….perfect A naturist photo can be improved if you can also capture the liberating joy that the subject (model) is feeling as well as the pose, background, lighting etc. etc. etc. To this end the naturist group on Facebook “Naturist Freedom UK” are holding a photographic course entitled “Naturist Nude Photography Workshops, Beginners to Advanced” on Saturday 8 December, 6pm – 10.30pm this is for members of Naturist Freedom UK/Naturist England at George Davison Photographic Barlow Studios.