Award winning photography is hardly “gimmicky”
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Personally, and maybe Joyce agrees with me, I enjoy portraits and
figure studies that reveal something about the subject as a unique
person, rather than subordinating him or her to a formal composition.
I read the Listener article and I agree. It's message of live and let
live is positive, and so is the observation that a perfect bum is not
a prerequisite for getting naked.
And I guess there are a lot of other kinds of uniformed nakedness...
such as for medical examination, for intimate activity, for washing,
for making a statement or protest, etc...
But.. when a baby is born, which uniform is he wearing? His birthday
suit obviously, but is it a statement? ("Here I am!") A medical
exam? An intimate activity? Or is he just ready for a bath?
Other than maybe posing for an art work (but see
one could argue all of these to be true in some sense.
I think there's a wild aspect to nudity, a 'state of nature' where we
can be animals for a while, and conventional social categories are
blurred. This is often recognized when people say that naturism
strips away social barriers along with clothes, but this is a fairly
superficial observation. Nakedness doesn't strip away race or
tattoos, for example. But for the baby being born, none of these
categories exist. He is in a sense experiencing true nakedness.
Maybe being naked enables us to return to this undifferentiated state,
and feel a little like that baby?
The sense of being an animal, or at least a primitive human, is one of
the delights of naturism for me. Walking naked through thick bush,
climbing a cliff, diving in surf, all seem to be fundamentally
different experiences without clothes or footwear. One of the things
I notice is that I'm extremely aware of the natural world and
sometimes feel quite vulnerable, just like a baby. At one with nature
This is a personal experience but the picture changes when other
people are involved.
Some aspects of social naturism are highly conventional. Because of
what has been stripped away, there is a residual need to preserve a
core of human dignity. People want to feel free, but also safe.
Respect for other people's feelings, common decency and also the
special etiquette of naturism all work to enable a sense of trust and
openness that offsets the edgier rawness of the natural state.
I think that, along with wildness, mutual respect is one of the most
appealing elements of naturism. Working together they take away a lot
of the stresses of the everyday world.
So yep, maybe wearing the 'club uniform' is different to all those
other ways of not wearing clothes, but I also think it refers to them
all by association, and that part of the fun is to return to a state
where categories aren't important.
----- Original Message -----From: Mark KennedySent: Friday, February 24, 2012 9:14 AMSubject: RE: [gonatural] Re: no law forbidding nakedness in public
Crikey I must buy the Listener to see what all the fuss is all about.
> Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 07:52:21 +1300
> Subject: Re: [gonatural] Re: no law forbidding nakedness in public
> From: rarom...@gmail.com
> To: gona...@googlegroups.com
> So being naked is like putting on a uniform? The 'club uniform' I suppose!
> And I guess there are a lot of other kinds of uniformed nakedness...
> such as for medical examination, for intimate activity, for washing,
> for making a statement or protest, etc...
> But.. when a baby is born, which uniform is he wearing? His birthday
> suit obviously, but is it a statement? ("Here I am!") A medical
> exam? An intimate activity? Or is he just ready for a bath?
> Other than maybe posing for an art work (but see