I am never comfortable in any clandestine activity nor will I ever attend secret meetings. I am an open person by nature and everything I do must be open to photography and subject to blogging. I can’t attend a party or go for a walk in which photography is forbidden. The only activity that I can think of where cameras are forbidden is a criminal one. And yet many nudist resorts and nudist activities have this no-photography rule as if nudity were a crime.
NEWT is one of the very few naturist activities I can think of which treat nudity as perfectly normal. My wife who isn’t a naturist once chided me when she saw my many blogs on naturism. She said, ‘You behave towards the photos of your nude hiking as if they are photos taken at your kids’ birthday party.’ Wow! That was a compliment because that’s precisely the way I want to treat the nude photos. They are no different from pics taken at a child’s birthday party. Nudity is decent, natural and right.
I don’t want to go into my usual tirade against the so-called ‘naturist’ activities and resorts organised by people who don’t see nudity as truly natural and would go so far as to ban the camera. Whatever excuses they may give are usually nothing more than lies. To say that they treat nudity as perfectly natural is a foul lie. I have nothing to do with such activities because in my mind, you only ban the camera if what you do is criminal and wrong and since nudity is neither, I can’t attend such activities.
NEWT is the ideal activity for naturists who truly believe in naturism. People with unresolved issues about nudity may find the free photography daunting but it’s easy to get used to it if the person is truly a naturist. All it takes is one snap of the camera and he or she quickly discovers that there is no pain from the camera flash. The person’s problem with nudity is immediately resolved. This is why I always tell people who are concerned about being photographed by others to attend NEWT. The fear of being photographed is an irrational phobia that can only be overcome by having more photographs taken. What better place is there to do this than at NEWT where the scenery is breathtakingly astounding?
Once the person has got over the phobia, he will be thankful that there are so many people who are happy to take pics. I find the free photography policy at NEWT very encouraging because I usually get pics taken of myself in places that are really beautiful and I’m sometimes surprised I’ve even been to those places. From my experience, photos taken of me by others are usually far better than those I take of myself. That is why I’m delighted when others are so kind as to take photos of me. When the photos are subsequently shared, their pics of me are usually the ones I use as my future profile pics.
Here’s a pic in which I posed for my camera at the rapids. I was fortunate to have four other photographers taking pics of me at the same time (as you can see from this photo – they are on the bridge). And I can assure you all four of them are better than me at photography.