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This question has no answer, as, in fact, any question related to human behavior. This field deals with opinions, not facts. I’ll try to come to solid grounds by specifying, what can be considered as a ‘good idea’. Probably, one can describe an idea as ‘good’ for an individual, if it increases (at least slightly) the probability of his or her survival in social or biological sense. If we accept this, then we can consider a few self-evident arguments.

I’ll start with an argument expressed by Bart Simpson, maybe the most gifted philosopher of my generation, who said once: “But girls might see my doodle”. Only a brief answer can be attempted here. First of all, anxiety impacts negatively on human social and emotional well-being and thinking. In this sense, unnecessary worries are not helpful in any case. Of course, there are many things in the world a responsible citizen should worry about, such as ‘global warming’, ‘exhaustion of natural resources’, or ‘unfair distribution of revenues’. Against this background, all the worries about ‘doodle’ appear as more or less meaningless. It is not surprising that Bart did not take this argument seriously himself.

Another problem is that after seeing your nude photographs, one may begin to suspect that there is something behind them. Namely, you may be suspected in belonging to a deviant subculture. Exactly. Nudism is a “deviant subculture“, a “social and sexual phenomenon“. Nudists “are usually socially disapproved of by the larger population“. It is not clear that there exist “social and cultural benefits to involvement in the deviant subculture of nudism“. (see Nudism as a deviant subculture. StudyMode.com. Retrieved 10, 2010, from http://www.studymode.com/essays/Nudism-As-a-Deviant-Subculture-459650.html). Does it look like a real threat for anyone who wants to improve his or her chances of social success? The answer is, of course, individual.

The biggest immediate benefit for me of being a nudist is a feeling of freedom and consciousness of it. I believe that the impact of a nudist lifestyle on my life is positive. I hope that nudist photos would help to share the amazing experience of living a life of a nudist.

But what if these photos evoke some unwanted emotions and feelings in a viewer? The viewer’s reaction is often impossible to predict. In Zapisovatelé otcovský lásky, a Czech novel written by Michal Viewegh, one fictitious character is getting sexually excited when he sees a bathroom sink. Does it mean that images of bathroom sinks should be prohibited in his world?

These photos were taken on March 4, 2011 using an Olympus E-30 (1-2) and Sony DSC-TX5 (3), presumably in Mexico.

Mexique 196 By elienai | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Mexique 196 By elienai | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Mexique 173 By elienai | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Mexique 173 By elienai | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

DSC00198 By elienai | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

DSC00198 By elienai | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Images: Mexique 196 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
Mexique 173 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
DSC00198 | Flickr – Photo Sharing! (under Creative Commons license)

Link:
Flickr: elienai

The first and third photos were taken on February 2, 2011 (Nikon D200 – Noct-nikkor 58/1.2 AIS – 800 ISO). The second photo was taken on February 13, 2011 (Leica M6 – Voigtlander Heliar 15/4.5 Asph – XP2).

DONNA (TUTTO SI FA PER TE) By Luca Rubbi | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

DONNA (TUTTO SI FA PER TE) By Luca Rubbi | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

BARBAR!NA DOUBLE 15 By Luca Rubbi | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

BARBAR!NA DOUBLE 15 By Luca Rubbi | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

ELEGANTE By Luca Rubbi | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

ELEGANTE By Luca Rubbi | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Images: DONNA (TUTTO SI FA PER TE) | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
BARBAR!NA DOUBLE 15 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
ELEGANTE | Flickr – Photo Sharing! (under Creative Commons license)

Links:
Luca Rubbi Photography
Flickr: Luca Rubbi

Who knows how many wonderful photographs are taken every minute, hour, day, week or month? In substitution for discontinued “Weekend Columns“, I’m starting a new column “Photos taken in…“. I have in mind to pick out a small fraction of photos worth to be seen (from my personal point of view, of course). Let’s start from January.

These photos were taken on January 28, 2011.

Standing Pose By poolski | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Standing Pose By poolski | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Hallway 2 By poolski | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Hallway 2 By poolski | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Images: Standing Pose | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
Hallway 2 | Flickr – Photo Sharing! (under Creative Commons license)

Links: antispin – Kyrill’s Blog
Kyrill’s Blog on Facebook
Flickr: poolski

The following photos were taken on January 5, 2011 (presumably, in Slateford, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK – at least, the seconds one)

2 45 0001 By tobias feltus | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

2 45 0001 By tobias feltus | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Rebekka TXO 1 By tobias feltus | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Rebekka TXO 1 By tobias feltus | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Images: 2 45 0001 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
Rebekka TXO 1 | Flickr – Photo Sharing! (under Creative Commons license)

Links: Tobias Feltus: Createur d’Images Photographiques
Flickr: tobias feltus
Tobias Feltus on Myspace

I was looking for a quote about Beauty and I liked this one.

The Navajo regard the universe as supremely beautiful and intrinsically harmonious. They view humanity as part of nature and in no way separated from nature. Beauty to the Navajo is not an abstract concept, not something perceived as external or as something to be searched for by an appreciative viewer. They believe beauty to be an intrinsic quality of Being, experienced by living a good life and especially by creating beauty continually. (Weaver of worlds: from Navajo apprenticeship to sacred geometry and dreams : a woman’s journey in tapestry by David Jongeward)

Today’s weekend column is devoted to art photography by Giulia Ciappa from Florence.

Naked hole in stomach by Giulia Ciappa
Naked hole in stomach by Giulia Ciappa
Artistic - Open Shirt in Darkened Room by Giulia Ciappa
Artistic – Open Shirt in Darkened Room by Giulia Ciappa

This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Links
1. Flickr: giuvax
2. La luna di profilo
3. Artistic – Open Shirt in Darkened Room – Wikibooks
4. Let me be the man I am [# 8] | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
5. Naked hole in stomach | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
6. Photographie/Thèmes/Le nu – Wikibooks

Today I’m posting links to the photos taken by Austrian photographer Alfred Georg Weissenegger. These images may be seen in his gallery on deviantART. If I was going to write something profound here, that could be: Art needs no comment.

lonely girl by alfred-georg on deviantART

lonely girl by alfred-georg on deviantART

ot47 by alfred-georg on deviantART

ot47 by alfred-georg on deviantART

Links
1. alfred-georg on deviantART
2. Alfred Weissenegger photo portofolio
3. ModelMayhem.com – alfred-georg – Photographer – Amstetten, Niederösterreich, Austria

A few months ago, I’ve posted links to the gallery of Funstyle Chu from Taipei, Taiwan. Today I’d like to mention another superb Chinese photographer, 许 哲桢 (Xu Zhen Zhe, 普渡众神 花 on Flickr) from Shanghai. His female portraits have especially a peculiar charm.

消逝的時光 by 普渡众神 花 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

消逝的時光 by 普渡众神 花 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

lalalalala la~la by 普渡众神 花 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

lalalalala la~la by 普渡众神 花 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Link
Flickr: 普渡众神 花’s Photostream