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Photographer

Frank Lewis Photography

Posts: 13840

Winter Park, Florida, US

I watched some of the video. What I watched was pretty boring. There was no art being made. No social commentary. No political protest. Really nothing of value except that the models were nude in public. Kind of pointless really.

Sep 08 13 11:37 am Link

Photographer

New Art Photo

Posts: 701

Los Angeles, California, US

Select Models wrote:
Daring to be nude in Los Angeles.

Not me... no way in Hell... an easy way to fuckup your future with a criminal record and a sure fire way to get your name listed on some sex offender website.  And if you don't have a permit to exhale, blink your eyes and sneeze while naked, you'll be paying healthy no permit fines too... hmm   Definitely NOT worth the risk... wink

--You sound like you know what you're talking about. What about shooting nudes in Griffith Park. ( I know some of the park rangers can be really nasty.)
But you think this would be an automatic arrest?

Sep 08 13 11:44 am Link

Photographer

Form Guild

Posts: 1224

Dunmore, Pennsylvania, US

I live in OC and would not suggest a stunt like that. I am also struggling with two shoot concepts I want to do one in underwear and one topless. Trying to do it at risk, unpermitted on public parklands. I will probably ditch the whole shoot. It just isn't worth it to me.

Sep 08 13 12:14 pm Link

Photographer

Form Guild

Posts: 1224

Dunmore, Pennsylvania, US

Frank Lewis Photography wrote:
I watched some of the video. What I watched was pretty boring. There was no art being made. No social commentary. No political protest. Really nothing of value except that the models were nude in public. Kind of pointless really.

I agree with that. I think the fat kid was shooting with a kit lens.

Sep 08 13 12:15 pm Link

Clothing Designer

GRMACK

Posts: 4399

Bakersfield, California, US

I was interested in one model/actress once.  When I Goggled her, it led me to her porn video made in some LA city park.

Act I:
Her eating some ice cream cone and doing some sexy talk with the videographer guy.  Then there were voices and the camera went to the ground and a lot of talk was going on and then "Scene black."

Act II:
The model and camera guy were now in his apartment and a lot of couch talk.  Camera quality was visibly worse too.  The couch talk was about his gear getting confiscated by the cops for evidence as they approached them in the park.  He was thanking her for knowing the proper jargon to keep any arrest out of the matter even though his gear was taken.  Cops recognized her and assumed it was a porn shoot with out a permit and were going to build a case based on the confiscated video camera.  Must have happened before with her as she seemed unfazed by the ordeal, but the camera guy was sure upset.

Was sort of interesting though.  Often wondered if he got his gear back and how and what became of it all.  They may have kept it for their own amusement too.

Sep 08 13 12:53 pm Link

Photographer

Form Guild

Posts: 1224

Dunmore, Pennsylvania, US

Act III: He fixes the cable. smile

Sep 08 13 01:30 pm Link

Photographer

Shot By Adam

Posts: 7626

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

ms-photo wrote:

Bay to Breakers
Folsom Street Fair
SF Pride Parade
World Nude Bike Ride
etc.

I've run the Bay to Breakers every year for the last eight years. Back in 2008 I even came in 1st place in the costume contest. About 3 years ago they started really cracking down on nudity during the race. It's now plastered all over the race materials, in the registration area, etc. I've personally witnessed police giving tickets for public indecency during the race more times than I can count.

Sep 08 13 02:49 pm Link

Photographer

Mark Lidikay

Posts: 2

Torrance, California, US

It can be done.

First don't look to engage people. Choose an out of the way, or shielded sight line location. The viewer only sees what was in the camera frame so it is possible to make the shot look more exposed than it really was.

Keep something on hand that the model can put on quickly. A wrap around dress, or sarong works well.

Don't make quick or nervous movements. They tend to draw attention more than nudity does.

If someone does show up, have the model get dressed. Most people don't object if it looks like an art shoot, and often will apologize for interrupting.

Be prepared to get the shot and leave. It is not a high priority call, and if there is nobody there it is more of a UFO report.

Have someone watch your back

If it is too public, shoot the model in a bikini, log the lighting and pose, then shoot the model nude in a private location and composite them later.

Don't pose adjacent to the police station, security cameras, bored security guards, church, etc. where you are likely to upset someone.

Dec 28 16 02:06 pm Link

Photographer

FFantastique

Posts: 1938

Orlando, Florida, US

Mark Lidikay wrote:
Don't pose adjacent to the police station, security cameras, bored security guards, church, etc. where you are likely to upset someone.

Enlist their support and cooperation! ;-)
Particularly if they're bored--MAY BE you can have them be the look outs.
It won't be the first time the LEOs were on the look out. LOL.

Dec 28 16 02:20 pm Link

Photographer

Topless New York

Posts: 1720

Brooklyn, New York, US

eybdoog wrote:
I don't know about LA, but in NYC, both men and women are allowed to be topless within city limits. I know that there are a few daring souls that have done full nudes in various spots in the city, but its probably a do at your own risk thing. *shrugs*

The law in question is state-wide. Has nothing to do with city limits. Hence my Topless New York series isn't limited to just the five boroughs.

Dec 28 16 02:30 pm Link

Photographer

Dark Magus

Posts: 7027

El Cajon, California, US

Carle Photography wrote:

Does Ohio HAVE a major city?
big_smile
I had already counted San Francisco...

Some day I'll have to go through all the images and count them all up....

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=c … 0in%20ohio

And Lima

Dec 28 16 04:39 pm Link

Photographer

Mikey McMichaels

Posts: 3213

New York, New York, US

Keep in mind that it's a judge who determines whether or not you broke the law, not the cops. They just arrest you.

So they could make an arrest, the case gets to the court and then it's thrown out because the cops were wrong.

Dec 28 16 07:32 pm Link

Model

Sandra Vixen

Posts: 1233

Los Angeles, California, US

Nothing is legal in CA, so it all depends on if bystanders react and make a fuss, you will always be charged for something

Dec 28 16 07:46 pm Link

Photographer

Risen Phoenix Photo

Posts: 3196

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

I go out to California every year. I shoot nudes at a number of beaches, hot springs, Malibu mountains, various state parks. I do the same in MN. Just be discreet, pick locations without a lot of people. Early Sunday morning always works.

Dec 28 16 08:53 pm Link

Photographer

PhotoACR

Posts: 151

Los Angeles, California, US

I have done nudes in beaches and surrounding parks. Joshua Tree is a favorite of local photographers to shoot nudes. I have never heard of anybody being ticketed or indicted. I have heard of warnings. Be discreet and, as the previous post mentioned, earl Sunday morning is best.

Dec 28 16 11:48 pm Link

Photographer

EdBPhotography

Posts: 7691

Torrance, California, US

Wow...only took three years for someone to answer the OP's question.  That might be a record for bringing back zombie threads.

Dec 29 16 12:42 am Link

Photographer

Risen Phoenix Photo

Posts: 3196

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

EdBPhotography wrote:
Wow...only took three years for someone to answer the OP's question.  That might be a record for bringing back zombie threads.

No there was one the other day that was 7 years old.

Dec 29 16 12:25 pm Link

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EdBPhotography

Posts: 7691

Torrance, California, US

Risen Phoenix Photo wrote:

No there was one the other day that was 7 years old.

I meant this is probably the fastest anyone has ever revived a zombie thread.  lol

Dec 30 16 01:20 am Link