Naturism and my online presence: A Positive Light?

Naturist Fab

Recently, I decided to open up and take ownership about naturism and put my name on my social media accounts. I did this because firstly, I am not ashamed of being nude and being in forced “retirement” I don’t have the fear of repercussions from an employer.

If people happen to come across my nude photos, so be it. Naturism is not for everyone and if someone asks me about it, I will answer honestly, I love the freedom of not being encumbered by clothing.

Some might ask, but why have nude pictures of myself and if I’m an exhibitionist. Naturism is not about exhibitionism and promoting nudity in daily situations that most do while wearing clothes. Naturism isn’t sexual and if I happen to post nude pictures of myself online it’s all about the context and message of body acceptance.

Others might say, “but do you have to show…

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Cork art gallery opening its doors for nude tours this weekend

Attendees will be able to “view the subject of nudes from a place of nudity”, organisers said.

Saturday 22 September 2018 18:01

THE CRAWFORD ART Gallery in Cork is set to host a number of nude tours this weekend as part of the Naked Truth exhibition.

The first of the tours – with the exhibition open to the public also and set to run until the end of October – will be attended by independent nudist group Cork Clothes Free this weekend.

A spokesperson for Cork Clothes Free said the Crawford Art Gallery has provided its members with a “unique and wonderful opportunity… to view the subject of nudes from a place of nudity”.

The exhibition covers the nude in Irish art, bringing together 80 pieces by 30 different artists to “assert the existence of a rich history of the depiction of the naked and the unclothed body” in the work of Irish artists.

The work of the likes of Francis Bacon, Mainie Jellett, Robert Ballagh and Amanda Coogan feature at Naked Truth

Other attendees include the Irish Naturist Association, a group that has been in existence for over 50 years.

Bookings for participants approved by the Irish Naturist Association can be made here.

Crawford Art Gallery is joining the likes of Palais de Tokyo in Paris and Australia’s National Gallery in welcoming nude tours through its doors.

Gallery director Mary McCarthy said: “We have been overwhelmed by people’s positive responses to Naked Truth : The Nude in Irish Art.

Article courtesy of http://www.thejournal.ie

Photos courtesy Crawford Art Gallery

You can see the full article here:

http://www.thejournal.ie/cork-art-nude-4246543-Sep2018/?amp=1&__twitter_impression=true

Neighbours Upset With Florida Man Who Mows His Lawn While Naked

A Florida man is upsetting his neighbors because he likes to do his yardwork while naked. Residents have complained to the police, but they were told officers cannot do anything because the man is not breaking any laws.

“I came out Sunday night to put the trash out, and I look over and he is bent over, winding up his hose, and I’m like that is my view of the neighborhood,” one of his neighbors, Melissa Ny, told WPBF-TV.  “He works on his car, and he does it naked and everyone has called the police, he is just out there doing his yard work, whatever he needs to do outside, naked.”

Another resident was concerned that children waiting for the school bus might see the man as he walks around his property while completely nude.

While indecent exposure is against the law in Florida, police told local residents that the man is allowed to be naked on his own private property as long as he does not touch himself inappropriately.

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told Fox News that his department is working with a legal advisor to see if they can do anything to stop the man from being in his front yard without any clothing on. They are looking into various statutes and court rulings to see if they could bring charges against him for being naked in his front yard, as opposed to inside his home or in his backyard.

Naturist Martin’s comment – leave the poor man alone, he’s not harming anyone, he’s just mowing the lawn and going about his daily chores in his front yard clothes free. How can that be offensive?

Article courtesy of WJNO.iheart.com

You can read the article here:

https://wjno.iheart.com/content/2018-09-19-neighbors-upset-with-florida-man-who-mows-his-lawn-while-naked/#

Photo: getty images and Martin Belcher

Saturday afternoon clothes free garden project

My old wooden mini-greenhouse was over 10 years old and despite treating it with wood preserver, it rotted away to such an extent, it was literally falling to bits.

I decided to buy a new one from Amazon which was delivered flat packed, so started the afternoon fun…

Luckily clothes free and feeling relaxed I took on some very confusing instructions and diagrams in an English \ Chinese hybrid, often funny. Luckily the diagrams were easier to follow than the instructions!

3 and a half hours later, with sore hands it was finished, several screws left over, which is slightly concerning however the finished greenhouse feels sturdy and I’m happy.

It’s set in place, already with my chilli peppers in there. Looking forward to many seasons of growing.

I made it into a Times article about naturism…

Following the success of the article I contributed to in The Atlantic around Nudists and Social Media, I was contacted out of the blue by a reporter from The Times in London. She’d read the Atlantic article and was keen to do a follow up article.

I agreed and that same evening did an interview by telephone with Gurpreet (the reporter) it was about 20 minutes long and covered a lot of points about naturism for me and using social media as a Naturist.

The next day I received a call from the picture desk team who wanted to arrange for a photographer to visit. I arranged for them to visit on the Thursday morning. Chris, the Times photographer arrived with a host of photographic equipment and we spent a pretty surreal hour in my garden and a few shots inside of me clothed to begin with and then nude for the rest of the shoot, Chris was very professional and was comfortable with me being naked, we had to find ways of taking shots which covered my genitals which was at times funny but we managed.

Saturday 21st July 2018 – The Times published the article, I didn’t even know until a twitter friend notified me. To be honest I’m a little disappointed with the article, they only used one photo from an hour photo shoot, and even misquoted me on the article by saying I was banned from Facebook, I was only given a 7 day ban because a photo showed some pubic hair and this broke community guidelines.

Overall I guess I’ve done my bit for the Naturist community, I continue to use my full name and refuse to hide, all my friends, work colleagues and family know I’m a Naturist, it’s part of me and I won’t keep it a secret or feel ashamed by it.

Here is a link to the article:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/naturists-all-of-a-twitter-about-social-media-rules-zspkdvssf?#_=_

A naked hike in the countryside.

It was a beautiful, cloudless, hot day with temperatures pushing 30 degrees Celsius, so I decided to spend my afternoon on a naked walk into the farmland and countryside that’s within a half hour walk of my home.

I live on the edge of Andover, a small market town in Hampshire, southern England (about an hour south west of London) the countryside surrounding our town is beautiful rolling hills, agricultural farm land, forests and chalk streams. It’s a beautiful part of southern England.

I took my walk under the busy A303 road which takes traffic thundering towards London and as I left town, I felt peace, and freedom, removing my shorts, I enjoyed the feeling of walking naked.

I use farm tracks and old bridleways and have seldom met many people on previous walks on the same route. I’ve met the occasional dog walker or cyclist, but I make no attempt to cover up, just continue walking with a smile and a hello and I’ve found practically everyone smiles and says hello to you. I’ve had some nice comments too like good for you and you’re brave and that’s a great way to walk. I’ve never had any trouble. I believe if you just carry on walking and show that you’re not trying to hide or do anything strange, most people although surprised to see a naked man, just don’t mind.

I found a wild flower meadow just on the edge of Harewood Forest and took a 45 minute break eating an apple and drinking water and just enjoying the serenity of hearing nothing but birds – no traffic or people. Paradise.

I spotted three deer, a pheasant and a hare while out walking and a host of butterflies.

Feeling tired, I made my walk home and just before reaching the outskirts of town I put my shorts back on.

Saturday afternoon garden project

It’s a gorgeous, warm and sunny day here in Hampshire in the south of England, so I decided to paint a wooden garden flower trough that sits on our decking.

It’s very heavy when filled with compost, so I had to slide it across to be able paint both front and back. I used a nice bright gloss green.

One of the big advantages of painting while naked is that you don’t have to worry about getting paint on clothes and ruining them.

All done, it looks nice and the wood is preserved.