Nu comme le jour où je suis né

Lanie in the Autumn Outdoors

Lanie was outdoors for what she felt might be the last naturist outdoor photo shoot of the year. However, there is still a wee chance that she’ll find her way outdoors again with the appearance of snow. Snow is here on the Canadian prairies.

Here the snow came early. However, the temperatures have decided to remain rather pleasant, though on occasion it does get rather windy which makes it feel even colder outdoors.

So why go outdoors while nude and capture that in a photo? What is it that has so many who are comfortable enough with their bodies to take that challenge? Of course, I can’t answer for Lanie, nor for anyone else. There are likely as many reasons as there are people who take the risk of being fully exposed outside of the private space of home whether that home is a house, an apartment, or even a single room where the door is closed – one’s sanctuary.

As a naturist who is also a member of a naturist club which has a gated property where I go camping, being nude outdoors is a given as long as the weather and temperatures don’t make that too difficult of a task – remember, I live in a northern country. There is no risk, and typically there are no photos taken either. Those images that are captured, in my case, have more to do with my daily journal than about anything else. They don’t become “public” images.

Putting images into the public realm is a completely different kettle of fish. Lanie, like many life-models for art students, has a motivation that is tied to art. As a model for photographers, that art continues to be expressed. In both cases, the work becomes symbiotic. The artist and photographer are stretched by the reality of the model – the model is stretched by the vision within artists and photographers. 

But when it comes to my motivation to post images of me, what is that about? Likely it is partially something quite similar. It becomes a conversation between my mind and my body, a conversation that stretches me in a holistic manner. With each image, I see not just the physical me, but a hidden, perhaps unconscious, part of me is revealed. I become less of a stranger to myself.

Without this plunging into the depths of the unconscious to self-discover, it would be nothing more than exhibitionism and voyeurism. Of course, both are are present regardless. Humans are curious beings. They want to be seen and validated through being acknowledged as present. But of course, there is much more to it. I now leave it to you, the reader, to add your thoughts, your understandings, your motivations, or your reservations about 

1 Comment

  1. sassycoupleok

    R, I think you have nailed it quite nicely. I think when it come to posting our nudity it is a battle between sensibility and an inner deeper darker desire. That inner voyeur and exhibitionist that’s hidden in all of us, whether we admit it or not. Yes, validations are required and expected, they feed the many desires.Sharing ones family member or spouse brings about a different satisfaction as well.

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