Capture the Moment

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?

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  1. Rick Romig says:

    Cameras are standard on any cell phone these days. Taking pictures with them and sharing them with our friends is so routine that in most places no one gives it a second thought.

    I’d like to have photos of my nudist experiences but I often find that it’s not worth the bother to work it out with the nudist venues so my cell phone stays in my vehicle.

    Nudists should be considerate of others who may not want to be photographed and get permission from those they do photograph. Maybe designated areas would be a good place to start.

    • Fred says:

      I would like to see alrictes about people/families who made the decision to as nudists come out of the closet. The more nudists that share that part of their life the easier it is to promote nude recreation. AANR does much to promote nude recreation in mainstream news. We members can contribute by promoting how much we as individuals enjoy nude recreation by erasing the mystery.The argument of risk is an honest one. But out of all our memberships we must have members who can be more vocal about how much they enjoy nude recreation.Give it some thought-Shirley GauthierAANR-NW member

  2. Mark Cornick says:

    A really difficult question – so difficult I’ve been thinking about this response all weekend. :)

    At some point, we as naturists and nudists really need to get over our obsession with secrecy. Things aren’t going to get any better if we all hide behind our last initials and our no-pictures-ever policies. We’re certainly more “acceptable” than we were, say, fifty years ago, and that’s in no small part due to people being willing to step out of the shadows. The more of us do that, the more we’ll be no big deal to society, which is basically what we want.

    “At some point” – are we there? I don’t know. Maybe not. There are still enough intolerant people out there that someone who, say, works with kids regularly (something you know a lot about) could suffer professional harm if their nude activities were made public. As long as that’s a possibility, we’ll still have people wanting to keep things secret. And that’s OK. Naturism and nudism are not more important than making a living.

    And there are still enough perverts out there to keep any number of “voyeur” web sites in business for eternity. I can totally understand people not wanting to be the girl (or guy) of the day on these sites. Camera policies at clubs, and conscientious community at beaches, help fight this.

    And you’re right – it’s very hard to buy a mobile phone without a camera in it these days (unless you’re in the intelligence community, or similar.) People do want to keep their phones with them, especially younger people who see it as part of the way they express themselves. (Not that you could get a cellular signal at Avalon, but that’s beside the point. :)

    Given all this, is our response to just say we can’t do anything about this status quo, and stick our heads in the sand? Because if we keep these policies in place forever, that’s really what we’re doing. We can’t push the status quo in a more progressive direction if we’re not willing to progress ourselves. I think what Rick proposes is a reasonable compromise to start. Let’s drop the mobile phone paranoia, allow photography in specified areas with the consent of all involved, and see where it takes us. Maybe the world won’t end.

    Granted, this is easy for me to say as an average-looking, overweight guy who’s pushing 40. If I were a young, attractive woman, and thus more appealing to the web voyeurs, my opinion might be different. :)

    • Renata says:

      There is no way in today’s world that your kids can be otdisue of school in NYC without a cell phone. Not to mention the fact that they are just plain fun to have. Although it is important to monitor the cameras my nephews were recently caught sending pictures of themselves (yes, it is exacly what you are thinking ) to girls. They don’t have phones anymore.I personally am tired of business development in the pharma world. Maybe I will set up monthly rental space for kids much like parking in NYC. That’ll really stick it to the man! Can I be featured in your series of street vendors if I do?I have not given up on the embarrassing phones idea yet either. Can you picture a school VP opening up a BC pill case to see whether or not it is a phone? What a riot!!

  3. Andy/Diane says:

    I’ve said it so many times…I’m sure some of you have heard it /read it before…

    “It’s not the camera/cameras you see…it’s the one’s you don’t see that you should concern yourselves with.”

    Diane and I take our camera with us wherever we go…nudist venues included. We capture our lives, our vacations, our events, functions, family and friends in pictures and we put them into albums to share with family and friends…nude photo albums included.

    Honestly…if I don’t know you…I really don’t want you in my picture. If I do know you, you’ve either given me permission to take your picture or you’re standing next to us while another friend takes the picture.

    We belong to a club and that club has had some major work done by outside contractors, all over the park. There are tree trimmers, outside vendors; trash collection, cable, propane gas delivery, construction material delivery… ALL of them have cell phones and yet…not a one of them was told to leave their cell phones in their vehicles but…we nudist members have to keep ours in our vehicles??? Is ANYONE at the club watching these guys as they drive through the club to make sure they aren’t snapping pictures of nudists walking around, lounging, working in their yards… That’s crazy and makes no sense at all.

    So…yes we are concerning ourselves WAY too much with cell phone use and the threat of picture taking by other nudists…lookout for the non-nudists that are taking the pictures and those outside vendors!

  4. Jerry says:

    I agree Melissa I actually feel that if when someone chose to do a google image search for nudists that if they actually found nudist images and not porn tagged as nudism. People might open up more to being actually nude themselves. It will show them wow there are real true nudists out there it is not just a myth. Too many so called nudist images are simply staged works of art and not that of true nudists living everyday life. I guess my point is if your a nudist then accept it 100% and don’t care who can or can not see you in the nude enjoying a picnic at a resort with freinds.

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