July 18, 2012

Morning walk. Without clothes.

“It’s clear from your blog that you’ve been enjoying yourself this summer,” a friend said to me the other day. “But what about us readers? WHERE ARE THE NAKED PHOTOS?”

She had a point. I’ve been lax. It’s not that I haven’t taken naked photos – I have. It’s just that what with one thing or another, I haven’t gotten around to posting them on my blog. I’ve spent too much time enjoying my summer and not enough time sitting at my computer. Selfish of me, really.

But I’m home this week, and temperatures yesterday went over 100 degrees, and the inside of my house is as steamy as a dishwasher that’s just been opened. Clothes seem utterly ridiculous in this heat, and I’d be naked right this moment if I didn’t think it would freak out the other residents of the household, mostly young men who have made it clear they do NOT want to see their mother naked.

So I’m declaring this Naked Photo Week. I cannot reveal where and when I took the photos that you are about to see, and I’ve vowed to protect the anonymity of each and every person who posed. The only hint I will give about this first photo is that the woman, Ocean Breeze, has posed for me before. She’s a conference friend, and last time she posed in an unremarkable hotel room that was so bland I don’t even remember what city we were in.

This time, I had a chance to photograph her on a beach that she’s been coming to since she was a baby, walking through the place that she loves. We were the only humans on the beach that morning. The bank swallows were swooping in and out of their holes on the bluff, and the waves smashed down onto the wet sand to cover out feet with cold water. “It always feels great to walk naked,” said Ocean Breeze as she stripped off her clothes.

As I look through the photos of that morning and remember the way that the cool wind brushed morning sun off bare skin, I am in total agreement.

Early morning (Readers who want to know the history of the naked photo tradition can check it out here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and  here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here. )

12 comments:

Lorianne said...

Oooohhh! I think this is my favorite naked pic yet!

jo(e) said...

Yeah, beautiful landscape and beautiful woman -- that made this a very easy photo to take!

Cindy said...

Lovely shot. Wish I was at the beach.

liz said...

I love this series so much, and I think this one is one of your top three most beautiful ones.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. And nekkid outdoors actually seems LESS nekkid than as if you were in a hotel room.

H.

Jeff C. said...

Beautiful indeed. Also soothing & invigorating. I just returned from the beach a week ago and while I did not have as spectacular a setting as this, being clothed by the sun and sea air is wonderful.

I like how the curves from the waves washing ashore complement your friend's beautiful figure. The inclusion of the human-altered house in the background also serves as a reminder of structure entering our back-to-nature moments of temporary peace.

Crime Prevention Unit said...

Great picture. Im jealous..

Magpie said...

Oh! I dearly wish that were me. Well, maybe not the being taken a picture of part, but definitely the walking on the beach naked part.

jo(e) said...

I like the point that Anon makes. In an outdoor setting, especially a beach on a warm summer day, being naked seems so natural. Very different than someone posing in a hotel room.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

What a lovely photo--I see yr making up for lost time.

jo(e) said...

Mary: Yeah, I've been off gallivanting all summer, and I'm just getting around to posting photos on my blog now.

Zhoen said...

on a beach that she’s been coming to since she was a baby

She looks like a child wading, thoroughly focused on what is in front of her. Lovely.