A little Art Nude On The Derbyshire Moorland

It’s not always possible to find a decently secluded spot for art nude in the Derbyshire countryside. Wherever you go there always seems to be a footpath nearby and just as you start stripping off people come wandering along. Now i’m not bothered about being naked outdoors and people wandering along, but when alone it can be very difficult. It’s quite different to being with another person, or in a group.
Over the past few years i’ve managed to find a few good spots in the woods, and this year i’ve found a couple of pretty good places out on the moors. These photos were taken on moorland above the village of Bamford, not too far from Bamford Edge. Across the moor can also be seen Stanage Edge. I also took the photos for my last blog post, Go Topless – Free The Nipple, in the same area. I’m far enough away from the nearest footpath, and have a good view of anyone approaching across the open moor, so i thought i’d give this a go for some nudes.


The two photos in the first gallery are my favourites form the shoot.


These are the ones i kind of like, but have elements that don’t quite do it for me. I’m adding them to show the trial and error that takes place. This happens when you have a photographer and model too, but is a lot harder to get right when trying this on your own.


Finally a few shots showing how alone i was to the point where i could just wander around working out the shots, and taking in the scenery without having to bother getting dressed. In other words, these show the naturist side of me.




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Go Topless – Free The Nipple

In support of Go Topless and Free The Nipple campaigns.

There is a bizarre inequality when it comes to going topless in many countries, cities, towns etc. It’s often ok for men but not for women to bare their chests in public. On social media sites we regularly see photos of the bear female breast removed and warnings given, or even people being banned. This has even applied to photos of breastfeeding and mastectomy scars.

In England nudity is not illegal, yet women will be told to cover up for walking around topless whilst men won’t. In New York women have the right to be topless in any place a man is allowed. Again a woman will be told to cover up and possibly be arrested if she dares to uphold her right in law to go topless.

It’s not so long ago that men had to keep their chests covered in public places. Men gained the right to go topless, it’s way beyond time that women had equality to do the same if they so choose.

Much of the issue is that the female breast is looked at in a sexual way, but this ignores that the breast and nipple exist primarily for feeding a baby. This is natural, beautiful, and non sexual.

There are many many times when the human body is non sexual. In fact social nudity is very much non sexual. In 20 years as a life model i learned how non sexual nudity can be.

People are taught that the body must be covered, that it’s only seen in a sexual way, that it’s disgusting and a host of other bizarre reasons to not allow body freedom. Attitudes have to change so people see the body as some wonderful rather than a dirty object to be covered.

If men had to wear a bra..

If men had to wear a bra

This is not too dissimilar to how men would have to dress when bathing at the beach, a lake, or pool.


If men can go topless, why not women?

Go Topless – Free The Nipple from Purple T on Vimeo.




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Wind Power Rocks! (A naked celebration)

Out and about the other day i stopped off to look at the wind turbines on the hill between Carsington Water and Harborough Rocks in Derbyshire. It was a rather dull and drizzly wet day. Being one of those people that enjoys stripping off in the great outdoors, i took the chance to do a bit of in the raw celebrating at seeing renewable energy at work. So here i am with purple polka dot brolly in hand.





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A couple of days with the Lensbaby circular fisheye.

In late June i had one of my regular trips to Kent to visit friends. I took the chance to put the Lensbaby fisheye onto the camera for a couple of days. We had a trip to Brockhill Country Park, which i know quite well, so i tried out the lens to see how differently i viewed the subject matter. The next morning i took a wander along the seafront for a couple of miles in the area between Hythe and Dymchurch.

The lens obviously gives massive distortion as it has a 180 degree field of view. As i used it more and more i realised i like to keep the horizon level, so therefore in the centre of the frame. This became most obvious by the sea.

Another thing to get used to is the way the image is framed due to the reflected light within the lens creating a circle outside. Some people won’t like this, but personally i find it can be quite arty and it can be used as part of the image whilst taking the shot.

Her’s a sample from the two days. One of them looking down the steps to the sea has a completely different look at night in a photo in this blog. There’s also a view back up the steps. I used a photo of that in another blog post, it’s the last one. It demonstrates how places can look so different depending on how and when we photograph them.






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Art And Abandonment

A while back i posted a blog called Naked UrbEx. It was bringing nudity into Urban Exploration and included a video i put together of myself. Well that video was picked up by a guy called Sid who was researching for a short documentary about art and abandonment. He contacted me about why i did the nude stuff and this led to an interview via Skype. We chatted for a couple of hours about urbex and a variety of other things. Sid then asked if he could use part of my video and some photos, so of course i agreed. Below is his documentary and you can hear a few of my thoughts in it. It includes a couple of others too, and i like what they have to say, and what they’re doing, so please have a look.

You can find Sid here on YouTube






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Minimal Landscape.

When out in the countryside, sometimes, instead of photographing sweeping landscapes, sometimes it’s nice to keep it a bit more minimal. Maybe use the curve of a hill against the sky.
Following on from my last blog post walking up Kinder Scout in the Peak District, here are three landscapes that i tried to keep minimal.





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A Short Walk To Kinder Scout.

I met with a few people yesterday in Edale. We didn’t do a long walk, just up Crowden and onto the Kinder plateau. As one group then headed to the highest point, i took a couple along the edge to Grindslow Knoll and back down to Edale, where we had a beer and met the others when they caught us up again. The weather was gloriously sunny, though the wind on top was quite chilly. All in all it was a good little walk and i got meet some nice people.






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