Shot in Oakland, California. This was the first person I shot from an ad I posted on Craigslist, looking for people that were interested in modelling for the project. We met at a coffee shop at first. She was radiating with energy. A little bit lost with her path, we talked about life.
I first posed for nude photos with my girl-friend in the 1970s We took nudes of each other, I was teaching her photography, she was an artist, a painter of what was called "outsider art" I was a bit embarrassed by the photos and I didn't want anyone to see them. I had worked professionally for one year as a photographer for a bank doing architects and brochures. My hobby was street photography and I was published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian
I didn't pose anymore until 2010 when I switched my photographic director to art nudes, glamour, lifestyle. I put a portfolio up on model mayhem, I met two female nude models on MM who were also photographers. I agreed to pose nude for them in return for them posing nude for me. We did the photography on Baker Beach nude beach in San Francisco.
The 2nd of the two shoots was near the end where the rocks are. The nude beach had been invaded by fishermen who sometimes expressed displeasure by nudity but its a legal nude beach had been by custom since . Finally they sort of agreed to ignore each other. We took turns of taking photos each other, when it was my turn I started to dread it as I found it embarrassing, to walk nude into the ocean in front of those men.
After that I sought out photography students, art photographers hobbyists to pose nude. I found it fun and liberating to be nude. I also found it helped me with photographing nudes myself It gave me some empathy, I photographed nude males as well as females.
I found that male nudes was one of last taboos in the nude art photography field. Male nude models were looked down upon by most male photographers on Model Mayhem. When the male models came into the chat room the male photographers would tell them "put your pants on!" As if it was something perverse to be ashamed of.
"To be a male heterosexual ballet dancer is complicated in Mexico. We live in a male chauvinistic country, in which everything is women, women, women and the man’s power over them. It is very complicated when it comes to ballet, since I am a guy in such a field, you always hear comments like, “are you gay?” with some type of judgement. In Mexico, everything is soccer, fighting, or sports that represent the masculine power from an outside and internal perspective. When you come to a point where you involve yourself in art, which I feel that it is a much more internal thing, such as this project, like in being naked. The arts are like roads that lead you to understand yourself better internally and to lose those taboos or shamefulness that we as humans suffer day to day. Ballet has helped me to open up more."
"India is so diverse with people, culture and beliefs. From worshiping the linga (the form) to the theory of Kamasutra, our history shows us how open the concept of nudity was back in past. Today nudity has become a taboo and people they want to look perfect. People forget that being nude is the most enjoyable feeling in the world and everyone is perfect."
One of the most daring shoots for this project. Shot in prison, on the island of, Palawan.
In losing his wife and son, the sole purpose to participate in this project was to be able to display his two chest tattoos, dedicated to the life and passing of his wife and son. The day his wife died, he decided to let the back of his hair grow, as something to connect him to his relationship. It wasn’t until I was at the Myanmar border with Thailand that I was able to find my subject, as Myanmar is a very conservative country and the topic of nudity is taboo. He was introduced to me by my Thai friend who let me crash on her couch for a couple of days.
The subject was found on one of my last days in Cambodia. We met by the pool, which was near the school where I was teaching. She was there, helping her mom, who was in charge of welcoming the Peace Corps workers who had just arrived in Cambodia.
When asked to comment about nudity in Cambodia, the subject replied:
"Cambodia people will not talking about nudity. They will mind it"
I met the subject when I was stuck at the Thai border with Myanmar. I was unexpectedly not able to cross over, since I did not have the visa. This sparked me to look into couchsurfing and found the subject as my host for the week.
"Thai Culture is not open to sexuality and nudity, even though there're many sex tourisms all over the places but Thai morality don't accept that. Most Thais tend to be hung up on morality more than humanity and they judge those whom accept/express sexuality. So people don't accept/express themselves, they 'pretend' to be 'moral'. The Government and Media do play roles on that i.e. recently the PM said shit about one Isaan Singer who dressed sexy on the media. And let's not talk about the King rama X right now - then it will be too complicated
All shot in Paris, the city where this project was brought to life, these subjects were all part of the commencement of what we know now as FULL DISCLOTHESURE.