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Experiences

Female, 31, San Francisco:

1: I had wanted to pose nude for years, but I never had.  When I heard about your project on the radio, I knew it was meant to be, and I changed my weekend schedule to make it work.

This project was specifically important to me as it came at a perfect time.  I was fresh out of a 2 year relationship (with a guy who certainly meant well, but….) The relationship was superficial, I felt over-sexualized, and unloved and valueless outside of satisfying every one of his sexual whims. Being part of the 1000 Bodies Project, was a way for me to reclaim my body, as a temple for my soul, not just a vessel for someone else’s sexual pleasure. (Though that certainly is a wonderful perk of our bodies, that’s not ALL it’s for, that’s not its only worth.)

2: I am not a nudist, although I feel much more comfortable naked, than I do clothed. I would consider myself modest, but not shy. Conservative, slightly up tight, but playful and affectionate too. By in large, I conform to social norms, but there is just something wonderful about being ALLOWED to be naked. I don’t think I would ever be nude in a situation where it was not socially acceptable, but the second I learn of an opportunity where it IS socially acceptable, I’m there! Thank you for creating this space.
Nudity has become so perverted in our conservative society, but I believe our bodies glorify God, who is the perfect Creator.

3: Before: Excited, confident.
During: Gorgeous, alive.
After: High as a kite, loving life, connected.
This was an incredible experience.

Experiences

Male, 49, London:

1: I like participating in art projects and have done a few nude photographic installations and performances. I really like the look and conceptual simplicity of the 1000 Bodies Project so wanted to take part if I ever got the opportunity.

2: I don’t consider myself to be a naturist at all but have enjoyed nude beaches and the occasional resort for several years. Always quite shy about my body, never quite looking how I would like or imagine, I have found since getting involved in naked art that it has boosted my confidence, given me a much more realistic idea of what the ‘normal’ human body actually looks like, and found the experience and the people you meet taking part in art has been hugely rewarding. It’s a great leveller but a powerful experience.

3: I made a trip from Manchester to London partially just to take part in the project, and the location wasn’t that easy to find, so it felt like a bit of a trek and an adventure. My biggest concern about taking part was the fact that you only get one shot. I really wanted to do a great image and be part of the project. I was really pleased as soon as I saw the photo. It was a good as I could have hoped. Afterwards I felt like I was part of something exciting, for a really nice guy, and can’t wait for Kenneth to achieve his 1000 bodies. I still think the work has a great style and the way people look and have chosen to express themselves within that one shot is fascinating.

Experiences

Female, 28, San Francisco:

1: I am enrolled in an extremely rigorous and stressful medical program; because of the demands on my time and energy, I rarely feel I have much control over my life and feel trapped within the confines of the academic setting. I am tethered emotionally and physically to my studies.

Interestingly – and unexpectedly – because I am stuck in this “bubble” of school, I feel impervious to most outside influence and consequences. In other words, I could run around naked, jump off cliffs, fly to a random country for a weekend, get married, or pose naked for a photoshoot, and I am dulled to the effects because I live in a bubble.
I know this is temporary and because I am still getting used to this life, but I wanted to test my hypothesis, so to speak, and prove that I really have no feelings one way or another about being naked.

2: From a clinical perspective, mine is is just a naked body. But of course it is impossible to be completely objective about your own body.
I am proud of my hard-earned strength and flexibility. I am proud that I am increasingly comfortable with recent weight gain after years of wasting my cognitive faculties on maintaining a lower body weight than was appropriate for my particular genetics and frame.
I have learned to trust my body completely; it wants to have a solid ratio of fat to lean mass so that I have fuel for my high-energy lifestyle. It wants to eat real meals.

3: If I had done this photoshoot two years ago, my thoughts would have likely veered towards “How are other people seeing me? Am I hot? Do I look thin?”
But at the photo shoot, surprisingly, I found myself maintaining a good deal of objective clinical perspective: “Ok, another human body, I see them all the time.”
I did select a pose that highlighted strengths (flexibility, breasts) and covered perceived weakenesses, but I mostly wanted to help make art. I thought it would be valuable to see a girl doing a full split with her breasts dangling out, but with no sexual undertones: I am wearing a mask, my hair is frizzy and unkempt, and my feet and hands are a bit ungainly. I am just a body, in a pose that highlights what I think is the best thing about my body. Being able to do a split is something not many people can do, and I believe that the most natural, normal, healthiest thing for a human body to do is stretch and contort, and move.

Experiences

Male, 70, San Francisco:

1: I am an exhibitionist (in safe and socially acceptable, legal settings)

2: I was shy at Baker nude beach when the photographer I was trading nude posing with told me it was my turn to pose and I had to take off my clothes in front of clothed male fishermen and clothed female dog walkers. I was a bit shy and tense. In a studio or outdoors private I am totally relaxed and exibitionist.

3: I got my exibitionist fix before the shoot. It was interesting trying to visualize what all the dozens of people waiting looked like nude! During I had trouble posing as when I got the pose I wanted I had trouble getting the remote to trigger the camera so I lost my best pose and was surprised a bit when the flash fired. Afterward I felt I had accomplished something. Perhaps for the first time my image would be in a gallery and a book where possibly somebody that knows me might see it.. That made me a bit nervous but I am ok with it.

Experiences

Female, 29, San Francisco:

1. My friend posted the project on his Fetlife page and it sounded like it would be lots of fun. As soon as I saw it, I immediately signed up.

2. I love being naked. I frequent nudist resorts, nudist beaches, have been naked in SF and own a clothing optional, communal house. I always feel so comfortable naked. Its so different than how I was raised though. My family would die if they knew. I am the first person in my family to be born in the United States. My family is from El Salvador. Super Catholic, super conservative, super sexist and anti-gay. Thus I am Wiccan, very liberal, a nudist, a sadist, I believe gender has a whole spectrum and means something different to everyone and I am gay. My parents think I am odd even without knowing all this, but have told me that the U.S has damaged me. Ha ha! I find this very humorous.

3. I jump at any opportunity to pose naked. I think it is so much fun and a celebration of my body. I think people, especially women, get caught up in societies standard of beauty and that is bullshit! Everyone has beauty. Beauty is found within our differences. I feel like every time I pose nude, people who are stuck in this tunnel vision of beauty will see me and say “Wow! Look at how confident she is even though she is fat?!?” Its one step closer to people loving themselves for who they are and not what they “should be”.

It was great to talk to the people there as well. Everyone was there for different reasons and everyone was super nice. I did laugh however at the woman who was interviewed for the documentary when I got in the room. Before the camera started rolling she asked the next group of 5 that came in (which was my group), why we chose to do this. A couple people gave their answer and she said some garbage about wanting to do it now because she was young and still pretty and how she would never do it at 60. My friend and I completely disagreed with her and I told her she should want to do it now and at 60 because she could see herself grow and change. Plus, she would still be beautiful at 60! Then when the camera started rolling of course she was asked why she decided to do this project and she told them how at at 1st she wanted to do it now and not at 60 and after talking to me decided she wanted to do both. That was a good moment! :)

 

Experiences

Male, 64, San Francisco

1: I am a professional nude model for over 25 years.   I feel the human body is wonderful. The concept of the 1000BodiesProject is great because it portrays human beings as they naturally are. I like the diversity of people that you have photographed. A wonderful cross section of humanity.

2: Nudity have always been normal and natural for me.  I frequent nude beaches etc. and, of course being a nude model for a long time, nudity is a big part of my life.

3: The photo experience was fun! I am fairly used to it due to my modeling life. It was nice to see the turnout of people who wanted to be photographed. It is nice to see people feeling comfortable about their own bodies.

Experiences

Male, 26, San Francisco

1: What made you decide to participate in the project?

I’m impulsive and reactive.  I have an inherit need to try new things spontaneously.  I love my body and the idea of sharing it with others.

2: How do you relate to nudity (your own and others)?

I love my body. I treat it well and it reciprocates. With nudity others have the chance to observe me, how I move. I As a medical professional I generally need to be conservative with full frontal nudity, but I know how to express my body in many ways.

3: What was the experience like for you?

I did some hand stands, spins and a few push ups to see what my body was feeling.  My decision to do a pistol squat was to exemplify one of my favorite and semi-technical forms in a very anatomically provocative and professional manner.

Experiences

Female, 28, San Francisco:

1: What made you decide to participate in the project?

Deciding to participate was an easy choice for me. I saw it advertised on sf.funcheap.com and it appealed to me. I am a photographer myself so any opportunity to help someone else with their art I’m all for. It seemed like this great idea to be part of someone’s art. And not just any art but art that has the potential to be huge! The concept of this project is fantastic and getting people from around the world involved is an idea I want to borrow for a kick ass project I come up with. We all want to create something and a be a part of something bigger and better. Well I do at least and it’s one of the main reasons I showed up.

2: How do you relate to nudity (your own and others)?

I am totally relaxed when it comes to nudity. There were days I was timid but I got over that. I don’t go hang out with a bunch of people naked. When I’m naked I’m either alone or with one other person. I am very comfortable being naked around someone else who is naked or going to get naked. If they remain clothed it’s awkward. And vice versa. If someone else is naked and I’m clothed I feel awkward if I’m not naked with them. I’m not a nudist, I’m just comfortable being naked.

3: What was the experience like for you?

Well I didn’t get nervous until everyone started getting naked. After waiting and waiting and finally getting brought back I found myself nervous. Then when I actually had to go back and strip I was so nervous my knees were shaking! No one in the room with me and I was so nervous you would think I was standing next to the man of my dreams! I had to kinda talk myself through it.

After I got home that night I was on cloud nine for a couple days after the picture was taken. The first night tho I was soooo euphoric and energetic. It was this strange excitement I felt. It really threw me off because I wasn’t expecting to feel so…..happy after stripping down to my birthday suit for a couple guys from Norway. It’s was this strange good feeling that just hit me out of nowhere :)

Your stories

I have asked the participants to write a couple of sentences about their experiences with the project, as well as their motivation for participating.

There were 3 questions asked:

1: What made you decide to participate in the project?

2: How do you relate to nudity (your own and others)? (Are you shy? Totally relaxed? Exhibitionist? Nudist?)

3: What was the experience like for you? Did you feel anything before/during/after?

I have received many replies, that will be posted here every now and then in the future. Stay tuned!

(Note: Some minor editing such as spelling/grammar check may occur).