These days, I’m going a lot of things with pictures. I received a digital camera for Christmas and have been playing around with taking some nature shots. On top of that, I put together a hardcover book through an online book-making service to create a story of my mom’s life for her birthday today. (She hasn’t seen it as of the time of this posting, so don’t tell her!!!!)
We all know that pictures are an opportunity to capture a snapshot of our happiest moments to treasure forever. Like many of you, many of my happiest times are during nudist events. You know, the ones in which we aren’t allowed to take pictures. This saddens me and I truly wish that society would recover from their “oh my gosh- someone is naked!” mentality to see that nude is natural, free, and accepting. Nude is hope, love, life, and joy. But, no, too often nude is considered a crime.
I can understand why people don’t want their pictures taken at nude events. In this internet age, one never knows where that photo will end up. Facebook? Mom’s email? Employer’s email? Really, I get it. Yet…. I don’t. If someone is at the nudist location with you, it stands to reason that they understand who not to send the photo to because they likely don’t want photos sent of themselves to those same people.
Yet we continue to have our photo policies in place. Again, I understand this. But are we taking it too far by taking away cell phones that are within view simply because cell phones typically have a camera in them now? I think so. The reason that I think this is too far is that it will deter so many young people from coming out to our events. I work with teenagers as my employment and every single one of them has a smartphone attached to their hip at all times. This is the norm now. If you take those cell phones from them or refuse to allow them to use the cell phones, you’re basically telling the teens that they aren’t welcome in the nudist environment. Not good.
So… pictures. Cameras. Cell phones. What’s your take?