I'd just read the latest insane drivel of a Republican politician. Then I went seeking relief.
I came here and as soon as my eyes saw the thumbnails of some serenely naked ladies, my mood lifted.
Naked ladies are tranquilzers.
Naked ladies are balm for the aggravations of the world.
Gazing upon a model posing in some wilderness setting lets the mind seek happy thoughts, imagining her delight at being in such a beautiful place, free of fear or concern or clothing.
Okay, there might be a little piece of gravel that got caught in an uncomfortable place under her left sole and she knows she and the photographer are going to have to do a thorough search for ticks later...
I let the imagination 'shop out those details.
On a cloudy winter day with snow on the ground and the thermometer stubbornly stuck on "24" the naked lady reminds me of the joys of a warm summer day when clothing is an option and not life support.
Ever seen a copy of the mid-'80s "World Guide to Nude Beaches and Recreation"? Beautiful color photography of happy naked people in all sorts of warm, pretty places.
Okay, the photo of the grandfather buying ice cream for his grandkids at some Cape d'Agde store is a hoot...
Anyway..... There is just something about the sight of a nude woman that elevates my mood.
No, not THAT "elevates" THAT "mood."
I know, I set myself up for that one.
I'm 55. I've been working from real live naked lady models for 35 years and I've seen I have no idea how many tens of thousands of such images. The mere sight of a naked lady will usually no longer trigger an erection. Am I jaded or inured or detached? I prefer to think I'm just.... picky? Nah, I just have certains preferences for what will trip my trigger.
But getting back to my initial thesis, the sight of a nicely naked lady is a pleasant diversion from the cares of the world.
I get asked why I do nudes. I guess one reason is that I'm hoping to provide pleasant relief for some unknown future audience, the same relief an army of artists and photrographers have provided me.
And my eternal gratitude for the legion of naked ladies out there, past present and future.