Burning Man, 2017

Burning Man is currently ongoing.

Lots of photos such as the above will emerge in the coming days. It also reminds me that the SL version of Burning Man, called Burn2 will be on, in SL, in October. Last year we were lucky enough to get press passes to the event and blogged from there over several days and ‘happenings’. I hope we’ll be able to repeat this again this year.

THE TEN PRINCIPLES OF BURNING MAN 

Radical Inclusion 

Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

Gifting

Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.

Decommodification

In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

Radical Self-reliance

Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

Radical Self-expression

Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.

Communal Effort

Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.

Civic Responsibility

We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Leaving No Trace

Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

Participation

Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

Immediacy

Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience. 

We live in a divided world. The values of Burning Man, and similar events, can help to heal our fractured earth.

Ella

Unbecalmed at North

Imaginative topography

Harry takes a break from being the photographer, to being the subject

Sometimes, I’ve written about this before, SL just doesn’t ‘grab’ me. I flick around the clothes blogs and think ‘these items don’t cut the mustard even for a naturist wardrobe’. A slight feeling of boredom hits me, then ‘bam!’ something new comes up and off I go, my SL reinvigorated.

Often, as I don’t feel a need for a huge lot of clothes buying, it’ll be a pose that reinvigorates my SL. Or a place.

North is an exceptionally photogenic sim with many, many, cute poses in its various corners. Ideal for photography, nude or textile. I particularly liked the cliffside geography of the place, as opposed to beach after beach after beach.

I liked, too, completely new poses to me, such as skateboarding and throwing a few baskets.

It’s not naturist, but hey! I’m reaching the conclusion that all of SL is fair game for naked activity -just as the real world is. It’s just a case of exercising discretion.

If you like your SL photography, I thoroughly recommend this delightful sim.

Ella

 

Gearing up for autumn : a preview

Not too many posts this weekend, but Harry’s little gallery, ‘the vintage gypsy’ was a little clue to what’s going to be happening in the weeks ahead.

It has been a quiet summer for me naturist wise, and busier than ever with the demands of the children. Things now settle a little as the school term begins.

One of the things I’ve been exploring is the manner in which nudity plays a prominent role in aspects of Second Life away from the naturist sims. Bellydancers, Gor, cosplay, witchcraft…there’s many different corners of SL where avatars who wouldn’t dream of identifying with naturism nevertheless embrace the nude state. Granted, these are often with a sexual theme, but others aren’t.

I’ve been examining, and begun several abandoned blog posts on this theme within SL, but I’ve finally managed to drag them together, I hope, into some sort of unified whole, and these will be presented as a series of articles across the autumn.


I’ve also kept one eye on the news.

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Donald Trump, I learn, changed his mind about Afghanistan after being shown a photograph of how Kabul used to be (see the photo above).

It’s another thing that has intrigued me over the summer.

Just how the diversity of Second Life has been squeezed to the point where Islam pretty much doesn’t exist within it any more. However, many Muslims do play SL. I’ve been speaking to some about how they they reconcile what can be a very sexual world with their religion’s modesty -another months-old blog post that I’ve revisited and think it’s worth examining. After all, the Middle East used to be a place of mystique and allure, in terms of how it presented women to the world (or how the world presented its women).

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Iranian fashion before the Ayatollahs

Saudi Arabia has a huge market for quite racy lingerie, apparently, yet another blog post that didn’t previously make the cut but whose time has now come.

A theme is developing here, I think, in that the world used to be a more tolerant place and we need to get back there. That we have our perceptions about other cultures, that can be readily dismantled. That people, in the right circumstances, will readily adopt a clothes-free life in Second Life in order to fulfil aspects of a ‘bucket list’ (and yes, on a more mainstream naturist theme I’ve got articles lined up on skinny dipping as one of people’s secret ‘to do’ things.

In between times, we’ll be posting on naturist sims in SL, beginning next week with Lupe’s Magic Forest (which we’ve covered before but is worth checking out again -as many of the naturist sims are- to find out what’s new).

Naturism is an exceptionally tolerant, accepting lifestyle, and maybe the time is for naturism to step up and take a lead in this, in and out of SL, to demonstrate that, naked, we all come together under an umbrella of humanity, opposed to hate, division and judgement. Many of the articles I’ve lined up for the autumn will reinforce these simple, naturist truths.

Ella

The vintage gypsy

 

I spotted these ‘gypsy’ styled modelling poses online and took one of our models out to grab a few shots in a similar style.

They’re not ‘naturist’, but I liked the idea of doing them in yet another chapter of our ongoing ‘SL can imitate RL’ theme.

Harry

Brighton naturist beach

I didn’t realise it was as recently as 38 years that Britain’s first naturist beach, at Brighton, was opened.

The UK’s Daily Star reported the anniversary. What’s interesting about the article is that they published a photograph in which pubic hair -effectively full frontal nudity- appears. First time ever for a UK newspaper? I’m not sure if the photo made the print edition, but it certainly makes it to their digital version.

Four decades on, nudity is commonplace in Brighton, including the end of their World Naked Bike Ride

Ella

Ella adds : apologies for no ‘in world’ postings from Spain. The signal we have in the apartment is exceptionally poor right now (Spanish internet isn’t the best in the world) and not strong enough to allow SL to load. I’ve been reduced to re-heating media stories about naturism, but there have been some interesting RL naturist ‘postcards’ that will emerge when I get home on Monday.