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Yoga, butt naked

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New York, United States

By Shannon Stapleton

When I was assigned to photograph a naked yoga session my first thought was: how am I going to illustrate this in a way that people will actually be able to publish?

I had to take pictures of a room full of naked people without showing any frontal nudity, and I wanted to do the job in the most artistic way possible without allowing the images to become voyeuristic. 

When I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to find both the yoga students and the instructor were totally open to what I was doing. They didn’t seem to have any inhibitions about being photographed while naked – and while participating in a very strenuous yoga session at that.

It was a good-sized studio and there was space to move around relatively freely in the room, where the heat was turned up very high. The energy was palpable. Even though I wasn't actually participating in the class, I felt as though I had had my own little workout once the hour-long session was over.

from Photographers' Blog:

Naked exposure

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Montalivet, France

By Regis Duvignau

Montalivet: It’s a long beach of fine white sand, pine forest, traditional markets and naturists.

A stone’s throw away from my office, the Helio-Marin Centre's,"live better, live naked" slogan is one I have known for a long time. So I decided to adopt Adam’s attire and become a true naturist for the duration of this assignment and melt into the crowd of 14,000 holiday makers at the nudist campsite during the busy summer season. The vacation center’s fences open to a quite "natural" landscape, hiding nothing from the eye either of human beauty or nature’s small faults.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

So it’s the nudes vs. the dorks?

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Blog Guy, I'm looking to join a rugby team. I saw your item about Naked Rugby, but I seem to recall there are two different kinds of rugby. Is that right?

Sure. There's the Stark Naked Rugby, and then there's the Traditional Old-Fashioned Rugby.

from Russell Boyce:

Asia – A Week in Pictures January 23 2011

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As India heads towards their Republic Day celebrations, Prime Minister Singh makes minor adjustments to his cabinet while outside on the streets people demonstrate over food and fuel price inflation and corruption. Adnan Abidi produces a great picture as a middle-aged demonstrator gets to feel the full force of a police water canon. In stark contrast, B Mathur gets a glimpse of the dress rehearsal of the full military parade planned to celebrate India's independence where the security forces are deployed in a somewhat different manner.  Danish Siddiqui added to the file this week with a well seen picture to illustrate a government spending initiative with a man pulling a pipe across a building site, the shadow creating an eye like image that almost seems to wink at the viewer.  

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Police use water canons to disperse supporters of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during a protest in New Delhi January 18, 2011. Thousands of the supporters on Tuesday in New Delhi held a protest against a recent hike in petrol prices and high inflation. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

from Oddly Enough Blog:

We NEED three more naked chicks?

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Somebody please help me out here.

FRANCE-LOUVRE/We have a story about how the Louvre, which is this really big museum in Paris, is asking the public to help raise the cash to buy it a 16th century painting deemed a "national treasure" by art experts.

The Louvre has scraped together $4.19 million for "The Three Graces," an oil painting by German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder, but they still need another $1.35 million.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Couldn’t she just do a floral tribute?

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larissa combo 490

Blog Guy, the World Cup is drawing to a close. So who would you say is the big winner so far?

Oh, without a doubt it's model Larissa Riquelme, of Paraguay. Without leaving her hometown, she managed to mug her way into 24 pictures on our  photo file while her country was still a player.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

The naked stewardess time warp…

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Welcome back to a regular feature we like to call, "What Year is this Again?."

There was a time, years ago, when airline flight attendants were called stewardesses, and they tended to be portrayed as flying cocktail waitresses.

SPAIN-STEWARDESSES/Gorgeous girls in sexy outfits, catering to sexist businessmen. Back in the 1960s, there was even a very popular book, "Coffee Tea or Me?"

from Oddly Enough Blog:

You’re naked behind those white bars!

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My usual policy is not to blog about Spencer Tunick, that "artist" who goes around the world shooting photos of buck-naked crowds, often in front of landmarks like the Sydney Opera House.

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I avoid his stuff because a) it's been done so often that I don't consider it news any longer and b) it ties up my assistant all weekend long, adding those white bars that protect my readers from breast blindness, etc. Imagine my overtime bill for sanitizing these photos here.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

A very special holiday time at the blog

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Blog Guy, do you have anything special coming up in your blog for the holidays?

Do I!

Do you?

Yes, that's what I meant by "Do I! "

CHINA/

Traditionally the end of the year is a time of lists and recognition, and I'm starting off tomorrow with the closely-watched Goofiest Photos of the Year announcement.

Then comes the Top Ten Blog Items of the Year as measured by reader page views, followed by my personal list of favorite posts for the year. And of course the annual Oddly Enough Blog staff photo, some thank-yous, etc.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Steamy ski hostesses shower on the slopes!

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I don't know. I just can't figure out what's happening here. The caption just tells us we're seeing "hostesses" simulating a shower during a "promotional event for a dating Website."

Well crap, I've been skiing and I haven't seen women showering at the top of the mountain. Can I get my money back? This must be the place where Hef skis.

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