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Funny story: While I was posing for this picture, patiently waiting for the self-timer to count down, I spotted a figure on the horizon, at the top of the nearest overlook, which I had previously climbed down from to get to this slightly more remote location. I don't know if this person saw me, standing there naked in that mountaintop meadow, and wondered what I was doing, but their sudden appearance spooked me, and I didn't want to press my luck, so I (unfortunately) cut my photoshoot short. As a result, all I have is this shot (in which you can see me looking off to the side, in the moment of discovering that I am not alone); I didn't have time to play around with the exposure, and try out different poses, in order to create something truly outstanding. Which is a shame, because that sunset was an incredible backdrop to shoot against - and that's not exactly something you can plan for. I hate that the taboo against public nudity, and the fear of social or legal ramifications, so frequently gets in the way of the potential to create great art.
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DarkVikingMistress Featured By Owner Edited Jan 26, 2018  Student Writer
I'm not a nudist really, but my boyfriend loves being naked (I find it fun on certain occasions, like it's hot out, but I wouldn't call myself a full nudist). It's so annoying that people are very unaccepting of public nudity and can call the police on you, especially if you're doing it in quite a secluded area. I can understand not doing it in certain circumstances, but we're born naked, and it really shouldn't matter all that much. 
zharth Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018  Professional Photographer
Well said! As a nudist, I may take it to the extreme sometimes (naked snow angels!), but I think the ideal state is something close to what you described - what I like to call "responsible nudity in reasonable contexts". The world doesn't need to be a nudist paradise. But this excessive taboo about seeing people's bodies - something we all possess! - is ridiculous, and unhealthy.
Jordh00 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
This is beautiful anyways. I tend to take my glasses off when shooting so have often missed those bystanders until later. 
zharth Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018  Professional Photographer
Ignorance is bliss!

I struggle between cautiousness and recklessness. I am risk-averse by nature, although this is something I strongly believe in. In my head I think it's really not a big deal even if I do get caught posing in the wilderness. But I get a lot of messages, both from people in my life who want to protect me, and from society at large, about the dangers in this increasingly conservative culture of getting caught with your not-so-proverbial pants down. I really feel that it has a significant chilling effect on the kind of art I produce, and that frustrates me.
Jordh00 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 7, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL! Indeed ignorance is bliss, but I still try to be cautious and not seen too. That said I have been left with a sense of unease and anxiety after a shoot wondering if someone saw and what they are going to tell others (and one time especially, about the photos the individual had taken because I later noticed he had a camera on a tri-pod and a telephoto lens). I live in a small conservative city and can’t come out as a nude artist at this time for various reasons. I don’t want to be caught and exposed, but so far no big problems have arisen.

The funniest time I was taken in by the ignorance of my self imposed blindness was when I heard crashing behind me and a big blurry shape coming through the woods. I thought it was a bear and abandoned everything (clothes, camera, glasses) in my scramble to get out of there, only to realize later that it was cow following me. I laughed at myself as it had really scared the sh!t out of me. Sweating a little... 
zharth Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018  Professional Photographer
That is funny! I've learned the counterintuitive principle that it's easy to be snuck up on in the woods. You think you'd hear someone coming from a mile away, but I guess you're so focused on what you're doing, that sometimes you don't know you're not alone until the moment another person comes around the bend! It's also easy to get the impression that you're in the middle of nowhere because you've hiked a ways, but not being familiar with the terrain, you don't realize that there's a highway just beyond that next copse of trees!

I'm pretty open about my lifestyle, which is to my advantage. Everybody that knows me knows I'm a nudist, and a photographer (I let them draw their own conclusions, lol). So I'm less concerned about my reputation. But there's still always that fear of raking up an "indecent exposure" charge. I don't doubt this could have been considered an inevitability and a rite of passage for outdoor nude models and photographers in the past. But these days, the last thing you'd want is to end up on a "sex offenders" registry. Some people are just completely humorless about this subject, and they're ruining it for the rest of us.
Jordh00 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 10, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
too true, i would not want to be busted and put on a registry, but that is less of a concern up here in the great white north. Laws and attitudes are pretty liberal around harmless things (nudity, weed, sexuality, etc) as long as the person isn't being a jerk. Employers and the professional community might be a little more problematic for me. I'll continue to try and be discrete (until I retire anyways) but also have seen more than a few people nude in the woods surrounding our town, so I try not to worry too much about those times as I have likely been seen too and no one minded much.
zharth Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Professional Photographer
Yeah, it's sad, but I don't really feel all that free here in the "land of the free"...
Jordh00 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 11, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeh, it’s hard to believe in America right now. Times will change, be patient and stay carefull and care-free in the mean time.
zharth Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Professional Photographer
I hope so!
enzoshoe Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018
:D well whatever you may have wanted to do, I like the colors here
takus1 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018
yes, you are right. anyway the pic is very good (and you are beautiful as usual)
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