"One of the reasons I wanted to do the shoot was to have a record of me completely nude, as a person, as a performer. A case of showing the world 'this is who I am and this is what I do.' No distraction, no wardrobe, no gimmicks."


When I read about the Fully Disclothed project I was immediately intrigued. It seemed like a cool concept.


As a musician I'm used to being in a room in front of people playing music… clothed.


It seemed like ages from initially finding Fully Disclosed and the actual photo shoot, during which time I had hesitated at my decision to participate. I'd imagine those 'jitters' were perfectly normal. On the morning of the shoot I was genuinely looking forward to the experience.


I was to play a few of my songs while photographs were taken.


Prior to Joslyn arriving my guitars seemed reluctant to stay in tune but with minutes to spare I'd tuned them up. (I remember a guy saying at a gig to me once 'How long does it take to tune a 12 String guitar? Nobody knows… guitarist joke there).


Joslyn arrived, I made her a coffee and then it was down to playing some of my tunes. I shed the bath towel that was tied around my waist and I was now naked. Any jitters or nerves seemed to evaporate removing the towel.


One of the reasons I wanted to do the shoot was to have a record of me completely nude, as a person, as a performer. A case of showing the world 'this is who I am and this is what I do.' No distraction, no wardrobe, no gimmicks.


Joslyn's approach was very relaxed, and the fact that I was nude really seemed irrelevant, I was just a guy playing some songs he'd written. Between songs I explained some of the writing process behind the music. One song was inspired by a conversation that took place walking past St. Michael’s Hospital Toronto in busy commuter-filled downtown Toronto, and for a moment I was animated, engaged with the song’s backstory.


One man and a guitar can get a bit 'samey' so to break things up I played a recording of a recent single and played my guitar part, to add a different energy, and it did.


The apartment living room did have some artwork that I suggested may compliment the photographs compositions and so I'd be standing in one area playing and then another, it was very fluid. Nerves a faint memory, not even that, good humoured banter ensued, the shoot was becoming a breeze.


For me as well, being from England, another motivation for these pictures was to visually demonstrate the two flipsides in my life, the uptight middle England I grew up in, and the open minded easier going Canadian approach. To do this project in England would without a doubt raise several eyebrows I'm sure.


And there lies the dilemma with events like World Naked Bike Ride or the art events that require hundreds of people naked, there seems to be a trend outside of 'naturist/nudist' environments for people to be naked.


Time passed swiftly and Joslyn had enough photographs, the ones I saw looked great she has a great compositional eye.


Was I glad I'd participated? One big resounding 'YES!'











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