Most of our followers on Twitter are naturists or nudists or both. They are wonderful, kind and considerate people who often interact positively with us and others. Tamsin and I, however, do not identify as either naturists or nudists. We have never been to a nudist beach or resort and have never really felt the desire to get naked in front of others. While we both love being out in nature, and often end up with our kit off, it is largely for sexual and aesthetic (photographic) reasons, which for the conservative nudists seems to be somewhat of a taboo.
I have always been attracted to the female form. Long before I hit puberty, I was fascinated by the beautiful women in my mother’s Burda magazines. Being a German fashion magazine, nudity, or at least partial nudity was not a big deal. I was mesmerized by their slim, long legs, elegant hips and smaller natural breasts. When I was later exposed to more pornographic magazines as a teenager like Scope, Penthouse or Huslter, I found myself quite annoyed with the artificial breasts and unnatural, overtly sexual poses. Still, even there, I would find a picture or two that captured a kind of beauty that fed my soul. These images certainly merged themselves into my sexuality as I grew older, but even now I feel that in my mind there is a fuzzy line between sexual turn-on and the sheer artistic beauty of an image.
When Tamsin first enthusiastically stripped off her clothes in front of the camera, I could hardly stop the tremor in my hands and had to reach for the tripod to get any vaguely decent shot. Apart from sex, taking glamour, boudoir and nude photos of her is still my favourite thing in all the world. There is some kind of a voyeurist in me that loves watching her through the viewfinder, capturing forever the best smiles and poses. And then, of course, there is also a hint of candaulism, when, with her enthusiastic consent, I get to post a few of my favourite images on social media
So for me, the nudism is mostly about the beauty and the art. There is an obvious sexual element, but it is far from universal. Perhaps one day we will visit a nudist beach or get naked with some friends, but for now the thrill is still the same – watching her beauty revealed in nature – in person and through the lens of my camera.