"To me, this whole concept of covering up seems to be a part of the conservative, puritanical attitudes towards maintaining gender order; 'penises over here' and 'vaginas over there' only mixing the two in private in the dark."


In case it wasn't obvious, I've never done anything like this before. 'This' being putting myself naked in front of a camera with the intent of publishing the material in wide format on the internet.


Since the endeavour of the project seemed to fit with my attitude towards art, expression, and sharing, I was able to rationalize that this project was something I could contribute to. I'm comfortable in the nude, I don't mind sharing my life with others, and I'd encourage more people to share themselves inside and out. Essentially, this project embodies a lot of what I stand for. The most coincidental part is that I had been considering taking this step on my own before hearing about Fully Disclothed. Realizing that I'd probably never have an easier set-up, I engaged.


Firstly, it should be clear that I am a very happy person in the nude and have no reservations about my body. I was much more comfortable throughout the shoot than I ever thought I would be. There was, however, anxiety in the lead-up to the shoot, mostly related to HOW I would represent myself, not WHAT it was that I was representing. Where to shoot and what to do would be the nudists version of ‘what to wear’ in this case. My biggest worry was cleaning my house to welcome a photographer, not publicizing myself online.


About bodies: I am a physical person, I challenge my body and enjoy what I've personally developed. Similarly, seeing other bodies is fascinating; sports, dance, photography, or any other activity brings tremendous interest. The body is a machine designed to last for 80-100 years with proper care and maintenance including healthy eating, sleep, physical activity, and mental stimulation. My daily life includes provisions for all of these things and their balance is an important part of my life. I consider myself a healthy specimen of the human race the same way I'd consider myself a 'model citizen', that being; I'm working hard with a long way to go...


About clothing: I mostly just cover up so as not to offend the general public, who for some reason seem to fear others’ nakedness? Is there a worry that the world may break out into a non-stop orgy without the cloth barriers holding us back? Likely not. We were ALL born naked, depending on latitudes most people spend at least a few minutes a day naked. Despite that you will spend the night in jail in some places for just 'acting natural'. Odd. Ask yourself; do others in the nude offend you? If so why?


It often feels like my clothes are an inhibition, slowing me down, restricting movement, and serving to classify me a jeans and t-shirt dude, or 'a Suit'. To me, this whole concept of covering up seems to be a part of the conservative, puritanical attitudes towards maintaining gender order; 'penises over here' and 'vagina's over there' only mixing the two in private in the dark. I'd consider this a fuck-you to those who would prefer to see us all covered up. Let the skin out.


I enjoy not requiring sweaters, jackets, pants, boots, socks and all of these other restrictive (but warming) items. I feel like myself, in my own skin that I've worked so hard to create. I'm happy to share my creation with the world here and I'm glad to see so many others are sharing themselves too.

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