I have often wondered if it is possible to take photographs that show WHY people go nude. There are plenty of photos of nude people taking part in activities such as sport, sun bathing etc. but if the people had been wearing a swim suit would the essence of the photo have been lost? Suppose you saw a photo of people enjoying a walk whilst nude, would an almost identical photo of dressed people doing the same lose anything apart from the obvious detail of clothing? OK, we know the joys of walking nude but does the photograph actually convey that idea or do we just know that from experience? Could such a photograph be used to help explain why we go nude? Does it have an essential Naktiv message over and above the simple nudity?
The reason I ask is that I have avoided all naturist photography because it looked far too difficult. I take photography very seriously and am always amazed at the poor quality that many people put up with, made worse recently by reliance on phones as cameras. But even if these photos were sharp, had good colour, framing, composition etc. would they “say” naturist/nudist/naktiv? The great majority do not.
Some of the photos on http://www.nude-soul.com/ go some way to show what I mean although they are of a solitary person so lack the social aspect. Some do convey a good idea of nudity in nature.
The photo of a woman riding her bike with a police officer framed by one of her arms speak volumes, it is about half way down http://www.vivrenu.com/article.php?sid=825#.UYpjTcrNtMk. It also says without words that the police are doing nothing daft and she carries no clothes in a bag, free and fun in London. Some of the WNBR images show some of what I mean, especially ones that show the reaction of the public.
A trawl with Google Images for naturism yields some good images (and it seems Google is at last getting the idea that naturist does not equal porn), but few say “join in, it’s fun nude” rather than “join in, we are having fun”.