In all the years I’ve been going to nude beaches I’d say 95% of my nude buddies have been gay men. There have been some occasional exceptions to the rule. The one that comes to mind is Andy who I met on the nude beach and went on to photograph a few times over the years.

This weekend I’m going on a hike with a bunch of people from a nudist Facebook group. From what I can gather it’s mostly people in their 30’s and 40’s and it’s mostly straight guys and girls. Women are very well represented in their adventures which is awesome. On most nude beaches in Sydney, women are very much under represented. I did have concerns that the straight guys might not be that welcoming of a gay man and his gay mates turning up but the group was very actively supportive of Marriage Equality in the horrible plebiscite campaign. One of the guys in the group is gay. He and I have been chatting a bit and he said that he is often the only gay guy at the meet ups but the guys are all fine around him.

We are all going on a bush walk to a waterfall somewhere in the West of Sydney. There will be over an hour drive to get there and then a walk of about an hour before we all frolic naked in the waterfall and the sunshine. I’m really excited. It’s always fun to meet new people and looking at all the photos on the private Facebook page they know some beautiful spots which may get used for photo shoots in the near future! Fingers crossed before it gets too cold.