Nudity, Photography and Us

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We like having fun. We like being nude. We like the photographic arts. Why not combine the three?

Some of us have professional lives. We know that there’s nothing wrong with nudity, we know that we’ve found a way to experience the human condition in greater depth and with greater honesty than most people might imagine possible. But we still need to spend most of our lives out there in a society that’s struggling to adapt to modern reality, and some of us would almost certainly be judged unfairly if photos, without context, were to end up in the wrong hands.

The Internet is disrespectful. Respect is at the core of what the Free Body Society is all about. It’s also the polar opposite of what online cesspools such as 4chan are all about. There’s a small but non-negligible chance that our photos would be stolen, manipulated, and re-branded as “amateur voyeur porn” or something like that. So, while we’ll happily post photography by and of KFFBS members who want us to share it, we’ll never pressure our members into being photographed.

It can distract from the message. KFFBS is about doing real things in real space; our online presence is mainly to ensure that anyone who’s potentially interested can find out about us, learn what we’re about, and get in touch. As our friends at YNA recently pointed out, there are already plenty of places where you can find page after page of photos of naked people, with little context or meaning. That’s not what we’re about.

This is not to say we disapprove of photography! Indeed, the “Body Pride” workshops of C.K. Roberts – which we think are just brilliant – use the empowering magic of photography as a key component, and our friends at NYC’s Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society make great use of great images to prove how natural, normal and relaxing these kind of events are. One of our co-founders is a part-time pro photographer, and – like pretty much everyone with access to a camera – most of us have been photographed naked at some point.

But the only images we share here will be those volunteered by our members, with the informed consent of everyone involved.

 

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5 thoughts on “Nudity, Photography and Us

  1. I’d like to share my own thoughts on this. I’m not saying everyone MUST post his nude photos online. But what I say is applicable to me alone. I used to fear posting my photos online. What impact would they have on my kids if they get misused online. But I soon realised that my fears are paranoid and misplaced. How can a photograph be misused? I’ve heard fears from some older people who do not like even their clothed pics from being posted online because they can be misused by unscrupulous internet users. I know an old woman who’s terrified that someone might photoshop her face onto a naked body so she wouldn’t even post a photo of her face alone online. As you can see, this fear is not confined to naturists.

    The question is whether such a fear is reasonable? I think it’s not. Like I’ve said in my blog, there can be no serious repercussion from posting one’s nude pics unless one is hoping to apply to be the Chief Eunuch in the Forbidden City in ancient China and photographic evidence that one has not been castrated before puberty would immediately dash one’s hope of getting that coveted post. Incidentally, I’ve just examined this very fear in my blog and I have dismissed it as totally misplaced.

    But like I’ve said, this is only my view and is only applicable to me.

    Cheers!

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    • It’s great that you’re so comfortable with your body!

      We do note, though, that you’re male – which automatically makes you much less of a target for online creeps, compared to what women often have to deal with.

      Women in conservative societies are, we think, justified in being cautious about where nude photos might end up. Case in point: A well-respected Manitoba judge is currently being raked over the coals by a committee of inquiry because of nude photos that were posted to a public forum without her permission. It’s unlikely a man would be subject to the same scrutiny or muck-raking.

      So, while we will happily post photos our members ask us to post, we won’t ever pressure them into being photographed.

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