Whenever I’m on a weekend with my women friends, I try to think of themes that will lure them into posing naked for me. One year, it was the Grandmothers Pose Naked theme. Of course, since then, so many of friends have become grandparents that it’s always Naked Grandmothers day. For example, that beautiful woman taking a shower in my last blog post? She’s got a teenage grandson.
One summer, when I spent a wonderful week with friends in the northwest, we tried a Dancing in the Lupines theme. That led to my friends making a new rule for Project Naked: the photographer must promise to delete all photos in which make it look like the dancer has a lupine up her butt. Naturally, I was happy to comply.
I decided that the theme for last weekend was hot water. After all, on a cold winter weekend, when you’ve just been out hiking through snowdrifts and you’ve stripped off layers of sweaty clothing, few things feel more relaxing than soaking in a bathtub of hot water. Of course, the leisurely bubble bath is probably less relaxing when you’ve got a friend perched on the bathroom counter yelling, “Shift that way. I can see your face! I can see your nipples!”
Questioning Woman, who had been up late with us the night before while we got into deep discussions about relationships, body image, and big life decisions, seemed unfazed by me climbing up onto furniture to take her photo while she stretched out in the bathtub. She lolled about in the hot water, looking out at the snow-covered woods outside the window. The best way to appreciate a wintry scene is from inside a tub full of steaming hot water.
Questioning Woman was such an obliging model that she even sat up so I could get a picture of the tattoo on her back. “Aren’t you worried that it’s an identifying feature?” I asked. After all, I always assure my women friends that they will be completely anonymous in this top secret project that I put on the internet for everyone to see. She shrugged. “The only people who will recognize the tattoo – well, let’s just say, they’ve already seen me naked.”
Read more about the history of the naked blogging project and check out the gallery of photos.