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:
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.
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.
Don’t forget #worldnakedgardeningday 5th May 2018
Gardening naked is not only a simple joy, it reminds us–even if only for those few sunkissed minutes–that we can be honest with who we are as humans and as part of this planet.
Don’t forget to share your photos using the hashtag. Let’s show the world we love gardening, our planet, the environment and our bodies!
It’s Saturday 21st April 2018, that time of the year when the plug plants I order annually from Sutton’s Seeds arrive.
I tried to grow my favourite Begonia from seed and found it very difficult, so every year I buy a good value pack of extra value plugs, quite small plants which you have to grown on yourself in the windowsill. They’re not big enough of hardy enough to be planted outside yet.
Luckily the weather is very warm and sunny 23 degrees (for the time of year) so I enjoyed a comfortable clothes free morning planting them up using new multi purpose compost.
Fingers crossed by the middle/ end of May, the plants will be large enough to begin to plant outside when the risk of frost would have disappeared.
Bye for now.
For those of us living in the northern hemisphere, Spring has arrived and this means World Naked Gardening Day is fast approaching.
Time to mark Saturday 5th May 2018 in your diaries.
World Naked Gardening Day is an annual event (this year will be its fourteenth) and encourages people to get outdoors in your garden and enjoy the simple pleasure of connecting with the natural world while being clothes free.
You don’t have to have a garden to join in, in fact many people will not have access to one or they may not be able to be nude in their own garden, it’s about being naked and connecting with nature, why not spend a few hours naked indoors and make up some potted plant arrangements for the window sill? Or Potter about on your terrace or balcony. Plant some seeds or create a terrarium indoors with succulent plants – the activities are simple and varied and the connection is being naked and free.
Why not join in and share your photos on social media on the day using #wngd
So far this winter, my little corner of southern England has escaped the snow that has been falling in the north of England and Scotland until today, when we woke up to a couple of centimetres of the white stuff!
I’m not a massive fan of snow, yes it’s nice to look at but it makes getting around that much more difficult especially when like me you don’t drive. Taxis and busses stop running and suddenly you’re left to a precarious walk to work or the shops.
Well that aside, Thursday is a non-working day for me, so it was with massive trepidation, excitement and nervousness that I spent a couple of minutes outdoors in my garden in the snow naked! Yes you did read right, naked. No I’m not mad, yes it was extremely cold but in the time it took me to take five photos on self timer and then rush back indoors to have a hot shower, there was no damage done. It was exhilarating and the feeling of ice cold snow and the wind chill around your body is incredible! Well worth an experience for the brave!
Ever wondered how many social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook who have strict non-nudity rules spot nude photos?
Well it turns out they use an algorithm which automatically searches posted photos and looks for differences in skin tone, colours and size and shape to establish if that photo is showing genitalia.
Sounds crazy? Well I discovered a website which actually uses the same algorithm, you can upload your own photo free of charge and it will scan it using the algorithm and tell you whether it thinks it contains nudity or not.
Now, this is the clever science bit, so sit comfortably. There are methods of cheating this algorithm. I’ve discovered ways of posting fully nude photos on my Instagram that have not been removed. There are many ways to fool the algorithm, including ‘misting’ or taking the area which contains genitals out of focus. If you are smaller in the photo and less prominent, the algorithm is fooled into not spotting you, also including an object near or next to your genital area when you take a photo can also fool the algorithm.
All of my photos below have been posted on Instagram and have not been removed.
Please note I’ve not tried this on Facebook because they are even more stricter than Instagram.
You can access the website and put your own photos through the algorithm here:
So next time you get a nude photo removed by Instagram or another social media site, it’s not always because someone reported it, it’s most likely to be an algorithm….