I’m not remotely shy to having my photograph taken while nude in the right circumstances.
Spencer Tunick? Yes, I was there for his Amsterdam shoot, along with the cousin with whom I discovered naturism. That was my birthday present that year! 🙂 And what a wonderful birthday present it was.
Yep! There I am, and I can pick out my cousin and our respective husbands immediately too. Where am I? In the photograph. Look!
So yes, I’ll have my naked photograph taken, in an Amsterdam car park, for Tunick, or on the beach when my husband snaps us on holiday. I’ll even allow my photograph to be taken by others…if the circumstances are right, i.e. a birthday party at someone’s apartment while we’re on holiday. They’re naturist, we’re naturist and I’m pretty confident these photos won’t end up on the net. If I have any doubts about the intentions of the photographer, someone I don’t knowe well, for example, I’ll throw on a sarong. After all, the photographer isn’t going to be able to say ‘but I wanted a photo of you naked‘. So snap away…it’s a nice sarong.
Maybe it’s because I’m naturist and used to being photographed nude on holiday that I don’t feel any need to take naked selfies, a phenomenon of the digital smartphone and social media age.
But many men and women do. It’s something we’ve regularly blogged on in the past, and in a sense I’m now rehashing old ground here.
I sort of get that the younger generation might want to do it at a time of developing self-awareness and sexuality. And innocence and foolishness too – who knows where the photos might turn up in the future? At a period where relationships can be fleeting, there’s no ensuring that these may be shared online by a current boyfriend/girlfriend or, worse, as an act of revenge porn when that relationship ends. Of course you got your ex-partners absolute guarantee that they’d deleted everything! Yes, their word is their bond!
What I don’t get so much is older people’s growing fascination with them and desire to take them. Why? They’re mature enough to work out the implications of doing such a self-portrait, surely?
There’s nothing inherently wrong with older people featuring in nude photography, of course. I quite like the idea of sitting in my chair, aged 80, wracked with arthritis and unable to get about much but being able to fondly reminisce on my younger, less wrinkled, more active naked self.
Of course, who knows, by that stage maybe every citizen of the world will be expected to turn up every couple of years to have a naked portrait taken of them in the interests of ‘state security’, with the globe’s entire population nude database online. Nudity normalised? We can look up our neighbours, friends, co-workers naked image online in ten seconds flat? Who knows?
Look at the following photos…
All are of more mature ladies taken nude selfies. As I don’t know the history of how they’ve come to be on the net, the ladies themselves may not be aware they’re out there in cyberspace, I’ve opted to heavily blur the photographs to protect the ladies’ identities.
But it’s not just older ladies who are indulging in this…
Why? Yes, I can see a bit of a case for it being ‘hey, I’m 35-45-55 and still in good shape, I look after myself, I’m attractive to the opposite sex.’ Maybe if I needed to diet I might consider before & after photos, to see where I was and where I am, but other than that…..no, I don’t get it.
Are these men and women in the photos sending them to other men and women? Is it part of some modern dating ritual to which I’m not party? Yeah, divorce rates are rising, so there’s going to be a lot of unattached but looking people out there. But is a photo of your penis or your boobs really the way that the dating/mating ritual is conducted now?
It’s seriously something about which I have no framework of experience, and I’m baffled. I’d be delighted to know if any of you take naked selfies and, if you’re more mature, if you’re sending these to potential suitors. Most importantly, I would love to know your motivations for doing so.