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: