"I think we spend our lives looking for places where we can rest and be ourselves, where we can feel like we can stretch and be more than just the role handed to us in a given moment." 


This shoot wasn’t planned beforehand, and it took place in someone else’s room. Taking my clothes off and posing for a photographer that I’ve just met wasn’t very difficult for me. What is difficult is writing about the experience and how it made me feel. Being nude is one of the most natural things, but a lot of the time the reaction to it is shock, shame, ridicule or lust. The naked body is something to be hidden, used to entice, or even commoditized.

I was comfortable and I barely noticed Joslyn as she moved around, finding different camera angles, while I played the guitar (something I’ve been doing for about six months now). I think we spend our lives looking for places where we can rest and be ourselves, where we can feel like we can stretch and be more than just the role handed to us in a given moment. For a short time that afternoon I felt like I had found that place.


I met Joslyn while visiting a friend in the same house where she was having a photo shoot with Helena and Brooklynn. I saw them just as they were wrapping up their shoot, still nude, and they were having a good time being free from their clothes for a while that afternoon. They invited me to join in on the fun, and I accepted, stripping down and hanging out with them for a while.


We sat and talked about their experience with the photo shoot, and the feeling of freedom one gets from being in an environment where we are no longer posing and trying to put ourselves in the best light possible. I think I have to thank Joslyn and Kale for creating this and making it available for me to stumble into. After seeing the website and talking with Joslyn about it I decided to participate in the project.











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