A few photographers have undertaken sizable projects that either concentrate on or at least include nude human figures, and that convey a naturist message.
The TreeSpirit Project by Jack Gescheidt is one of the most recent examples.
Most of the photos are black-and-white, but a few are in color. All feature magnificent trees, each worthy of photographic studies in their own right. But the photographer has also included in each image several (as many as ten or more) nudes, both male and female.
Better yet, the project is still underway, and volunteer tree spirits are still being sought to participate.
There is another shoot scheduled for San Francisco on Sunday, August 28, 2005.
According to an invitation recently sent by Gescheidt:
Two stunning Giant Sequoias watch over a small park @ 25th & Harrison, in the outer Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, just a few blocks in from Cesar Chavez/Army St.
Look at the [photos on the web site] to see if these youngsters call to you and your friends. All ages and sizes of human are welcome to be photographed connecting with these creatures. The only requirements are playfulness, adventurousness and your open heart.
Save the date on your calendars and I’ll have more detailed information the week of August 22nd before the shoot.
This event will consist of 20 or more men & women, so there is a place for both the mild-mannered ground-dwellers at the bases of the sequoias and courageous tree climbers (up to about 120 feet). Feel free to pass this email invitation to your friends.
As always, each participant will be given a print from the shoot and asked to sign a photo release so the final image can be used in The TreeSpiritProject, incl. fine art prints and website.
Anyone interested should be able to contact the photographer for more information from the contact details on his website.
Originally published August 16, 2005