Our skin covers and protects our bodies. Few people realize that it serves another equally important purpose – that of a living canvas for our noble expressions of creative art. Since the beginning of time, humanity have used our bodies as a natural inspiration for both design and interpretation. We decorate it to share our own messages and stories, both fact and fiction. We use it to caution and warn, to amuse and to frighten or to beautify for the admiration of others
This is the third installation published on ReNude Pride in honor of October as GLBTQ History Month not only in the USA but also in Australia and Canada. The theme for this week’s featured series is Gay Photographer, Gay Models. This post offers a departure from the earlier postings in this series as both the photographer and his subjects were gay at a time when simply acknowledging being same gender loving was illegal throughout the world. The were no “safe havens” from the law or prosecution.
Author’s Note: Last summer, I published two posts here on “nudescapes” (nude + landscape or seascape). To visit those two, click on the title: Nudescape: A Collection or the second, Nudescapes: A Collection #2. This post is a continuation in this series.
The lens of a camera is, upon reflection, nothing more than a substitute for the canvas and brush of an artist. It is an image, captured in a precise moment in time, that conveys to us the viewer a message from either the artist or the photographer. It is up to us, the viewer (“beholder”) to accept the view and the message or to reject it. Photography, like any other work of art, depends upon the acceptance and appreciation of the viewer.
As difficult as it seems, at least for me, to believe, almost a full year has now passed by since I returned to blogging here. In many ways, it doesn’t feel like it has been that long, but the calendar doesn’t lie and next month marks the first anniversary of ReNude Pride. I guess this proves beyond a doubt the old adage: Time flies when you’re having fun.
It has indeed been a “fun” year for me. I enjoy writing, meeting people and exchanging ideas. Being able to do that with others while discussing one of my favorite topics, nudity, only makes it all the more of a pleasure for me. At this time, I add that if anyone reading or visiting here on ReNude Pride has a topic or subject that they would like to see addressed/discussed here, please type the issue in the “comments” function and I’ll be more than happy to try my best to introduce it.
The above image is one that I discovered recently and for the longest time I pondered over how best to use it. Taken by itself, the photographer’s intent isn’t clear. The more that I thought about it, I felt inexplicably attached to this picture – perhaps it was due to the ambiguous meaning or message. That’s why the title of this particular post is “Uncertainty,” because that’s exactly how I feel about this photo.
A formal bare pose in a typical classical setting, or a classical bare pose in a typical formal setting? I suppose it is entirely up to the beholder to determine the title for this posting. Either way, it serves the purpose of highlighting the fact that yes, within the world of bare practitioners (naturists/nudists), there are an infinite number of poses and/or settings that can be considered “formal” or “classical” that has nothing whatsoever to do with the attire (what is or ins’t) adorning (concealing) the subject’s body.
Sometimes, we become so obsessed at the presence of insects that we often overlook the magical moments – and the brilliant and tranquil photo-opportunities – they provide. In the image above, the butterfly and the shadow it creates, draw our attention to the man’s bare chest. The beauty of both the individual’s nude skin and the naked butterfly symbolize, at least in my eyes and mind, the harmony of the world of nature and of two different species. It also highlights the total absurdity of clothing.