Dreaming of Warm Weather

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People in the mid-west and north east part of the U.S. aren’t thinking about global warming. They’re not thinking about getting naked either. In fact, facing one of the coldest Novembers on record, they’re wearing everything hanging in their closets. But somewhere in the back of their minds, they’re thinking about getting out of their clothes in the warm sun, even if that seems a million years away.

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Lars Stephan … Model/Photographer

Lars Stephan is a German model and a gifted photographer. He is also one of the most beautiful men found on the Internet. But it goes beyond what you see on the surface. There is an underlying sensitivity inside him, an appreciation for life, a soul that speaks to a camera lens with masculine eloquence.

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From an interview with Lars in PREF magazine

“I grew up in a small town in Germany and after finishing college in Hamburg I moved to New York to be with my boyfriend of that time. I was always drawn to the visual image and after working a couple of different jobs (modeling, assistant eye-wear designer, camera intern on a motion picture) I decided to explore photography. I started taking pictures of myself as a means of learning the art of photography. Through trial and error I began to find my way of expressing myself as an artist, as a photographer, and every time I pick up my camera I keep on learning.”

“I took the first self-portraits because I wanted to see if I could capture myself better than the photographers had done during my time as a model. As I grew as a photographer, taking self-portraits became a way for me to get over certain issues that date back to the days when I was a closeted gay teenager growing up in a homophobic environment in Germany. My first self-portraits were about getting over self esteem issues. Now, I am much more interested in the landscape of the human body. I find that the body is a timeless piece of art when it is stripped of its clothing. I am aiming for a timelessness in my images that makes them currant no matter whether we look at them now or in 10 years time.”

“I don’t have a clear definition of beauty. I am drawn to a healthy body, a classic physique as you would find in antiquity. But that’s just one part. A lot of models have beautiful bodies and faces, but they don’t interest me since oftentimes they are unable to show that they are vital and alive. There is nothing less beautiful than a bland unblemished surface. The important part of beauty for me comes from within, it is expressed through how a person carries themselves and through the life in a person’s eyes.”

See a previous article about Lars Stephan.

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Men Getting Naked

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Men have always enjoyed the natural camaraderie of getting naked together, apparently more so in days gone by. Today we have problems, especially in the U.S. Male social nudity is confused with male sexuality. We have have a problem interpreting what it means to be a masculine man. Except for gay or bisexual men, guys fear how being naked with other men might be interpreted. But for those not lugging this kind of macho baggage, keep celebrating being a man.

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This is a collection of thirty plus vintage photos of men getting naked together.

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Without Our Clothes

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Being Naked

The topics on Enlightened Male generally involve an appreciation for the human form or human sexuality, leaning toward male bisexuality and how that affects both men and women. You probably agree that these topics could use better understanding in our society. However, male sexuality, specifically bisexuality and homosexuality, pertain to a relatively narrow percentage of the male population. On the other hand, social nudity pertains to us all, both male and female, though most people can’t possibly imagine how naturism or nudists relates to them.

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Most people, for myriad reasons, will never take off their clothes in public, not even on a beach and certainly not at a nudist resort. They will never know the exhilaration or the liberating sense of freedom that social nudity provides for those who participate; which is why, even though I am largely preaching to the choir on this site, I like to promote clothes free lifestyles, whether that be in the privacy of ones own home or a social setting. That’s why I am entertaining the idea of featuring more posts on this subject. If I can reach just one naysayer, just one neophyte that believes he or she will never have the courage to take off their clothes in front of others, well, at least that’s something. Either way, the rest of us that already know and currently enjoy getting naked will enjoy the wholesome, carefree pictures I will post.

I’d like to hear your take on more posts on this subject.

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One would think a man would be distracted by a woman’s body among a group of nudists, but no more than he would be in a group of people fully clothed. He isn’t distracted … she is simply the female version of us. He is just glad to be there, meeting new people, making new friends. He may, just as he may in the every day clothed world, see a woman that he finds attractive. He may even approach her to introduce himself, but being naked somehow changes the dynamic. As the couple becomes acquainted and begins to know each other, the tensions and distractions aren’t present. It’s almost as if the foundation to a wonderful friendship or potential romance already exists because of the automatic connection nudists share.

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the nude human body depicted with an artistic slant.

So where does he fit in the scheme of things? He is his own unique edition of the male version of us, not judged by his size or shape, the color of his hair or skin, the length of his penis, or his social status. He, along with all the other varieties of males and females that make up the whole of humanity simply fit in. He knows nudists have an automatic connection with each other. They are all naked, enjoying the freedom to enjoy their bodies among others doing the same. They are living life in a way only a nudist can understand, not that they are weird, perverted or over-sexed. They have simply discovered how refreshing it is to celebrate the human body in its many forms, and be free of fear and misguided rules.

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Many people are curious. They feel an urge to know what it’s like to take off their clothes and enjoy their bodies with friends or in a social setting, yet they can’t bring themselves to take that first step. They are conflicted, finding themselves listening to the demon that tells them nudity is wrong, that naked bodies are disgusting or shameful. They are weighted by years of indoctrination that has instilled the notion nudity is wrong. And every time they stand naked before a mirror, they grapple with what they see as a flawed body, implanted by Hollywood and the advertising world that tell them what the human body should look like.

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Actually taking your clothes off in front of others, especially for women, can be one of the most difficult things you’ve ever done. For some the angst that builds up inside is a physical pain. You see others walking around naked, acting as if it is perfectly normal, but still it doesn’t register that it’s something everyday day people do. Your mind is telling you that it’s not for you. Yet you screw up your courage and begin to take off your clothes, soon finding yourself completely naked in front of people you may know or have never seen before.

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Depending on how thoroughly conditioned you have been, or your religious beliefs, or your worries about what other people might think, you eventually settle into the idea that being naked isn’t quite as bad as you thought. No one is staring at you. If anyone approaches, they greet you as if they don’t even realize your clothes are off. At this point many people begin to feel like they fit in, that being naked is nothing like they thought it was. They begin to actually enjoy the feeling of freedom, the exhilaration. Before the day’s end, they wonder what took them so long to take the plunge.

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The pictures in this post represent endless varieties of the human form. Yes some of these people are quite attractive and pleasant to look at, but are any of them perfect? Any one of them would probably tell you what they don’t like about their bodies. But they have gotten past the fear of being judged. They have discovered the world of nudism is a welcoming, accepting place. They have learned to enjoy and appreciate their bodies despite their self-perceived flaws.

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This is a wonderful age to become a nudist, when you are young and optimistic and have all the energy of youth. It sets up a lifetime of positive self-esteem and the opportunity to develop great friendships.

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