The trip so far…

After a MARATHON journey that I have no desire to repeat, I hit Iceland on Saturday afternoon and within a short time of getting off the plane I was in my hostel. My mate arrived two hours later and from there we spent a couple of days in Reykjavik drinking over priced beers, walking for miles exploring and taking photos and eating over priced food. Iceland is damned expensive but we knew that coming into it so it was expected.

It’s now morning three in the camper vans and we are in a beautiful harbour side town called Seydisfjordor. Now that name is not spelt correctly as the Icelandic have extra letters in their alphabet and dozens of accents that I have no idea how to type.

We’ve had two full days on the road and seen so many beautiful waterfalls, enormous glaciers and a lagoon full of incredibly stunning icebergs. This place is magical. You really could imagine mythical creatures and fairytales being based here. It’s just that kind of place.

Sadly my dreams of communal showers full of hot tourists at the hostel didn’t happen. It was only ever me and my mate in there at the same time. As you can see though I did manage a cheeky nude shot at a waterfall which was right next to our campground.

A little inspiration for adventure

There is a quote in the following video that I really liked. “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure some of them are dirt” or something like that. I think that’s very good advice. I do love a good adventure but I also don’t feel the urge to do something quite as big as this adventure. Peter Hochhauser from Austria flew to the U.S. and walked the Pacific Crest Trail. Over 4,200 kilometres from the border of Mexico to the Canadian border.

Peter’s video is so beautifully produced but also very human. One thing I struggle with about travel vloggers is how they are always talking about how blessed they are to be doing what they are doing and I’m sure they are. Just stop talking about it and do it. It’s not all rainbows and awesome-sauce. Peter is very open in this video about the struggles and the hard times but also keeps it light hearted which I think is the best approach. If you’re losing another toenail to your hiking boots and you’ve got blisters everywhere, just look up at the beautiful world you’re camping in and go for another skinny-dip with your mates.

This is the spirit of adventure I’m mentally packing for my trip that starts tomorrow.

Because I can

I’ve posted about my recent change in workout habits and how good I’ve been feeling for it and while the last few weeks haven’t seen me being as disciplined I’m still enjoying the training style. My trainer is a big time enthusiast of the training style called Animal Flow. Essentially it works your body in different planes of motion using bodyweight and flexiblity. Rather than just moving forward and back, up and down, or side to side like most exercises Animal Flow moves your body in combinations of all of those and it engages your muscles in ways I’ve never experienced before.

We’ve been doing other very functional and challenging styles of training as well with kettle bells and bosu balls. Tomorrow is my last session with the trainer as part of our contra deal where I did some design work for him and he got me closer to being hot for my trip. I’ve been joking that I’m going to do some basic Animal Flow stuff naked in the Tiergarten park in Berlin. Now I’m pretty set on it. Why not do it? There is a nude section in the park which I’m determined to experience since we have nothing like that in the parks here in Australia so why not have a workout at the same time? I may even film it and send it to him for a laugh.

I’m beginning to like the “because I can” approach to life at the moment.

World Naked Hiking Day!

Today (Wednesday June 21) is World Naked Hiking Day and while it’s Winter down here in Australia, in lots of the world it’s beautiful temperatures to get out there and go for a naked hike. Several people I know here would love to be out hiking but given the cold and regular day jobs, that’s not possible.

Up until recently the only naked hiking I’d done was down a steep trail to a nude beach that was clearly marked at the start of the trail. While I’m a nudie at heart I also don’t want to offend people nor get myself arrested. However about a month ago, some friends and I went on a naked adventure to find a trail that we’d been told about. I’ve posted about this naked adventure before and the photos above are from that hike.

The Australian bush isn’t necessarily the most practical for hiking naked with lots of spiky plants and things that bite you but we came out all ok at the end. Being able to relax and have a naked swim and a naked lunch in the sun out in nature was absolute bliss. So if you have a day off and you have the opportunity I highly recommend celebrating World Naked Hiking Day and going for a hike!

A perk

Iceland is an expensive place to visit. Thankfully most of the expenses of the trip have been paid well in advance. My mate and I are staying at the Kex Hostel in Reykjavik for two nights when we first get to Iceland. Part of me thinks I’m too old for a hostel but then part of me thinks it’s great to meet people and it will be a decent way to cut some costs. Sort of. My mate and I have booked a twin room rather than stay in a dorm room. Sharing with a mate I can deal with. Sharing with a bunch of random people, probably not. The twin room still translates to about $300 Australian per night. Ouch.

There are perks to staying in some hostels though. Given this is Europe and the cool, viking, Scandinavian region of Europe, people aren’t shy. We may have to share a bathroom down the corridor from our room but it has communal showers. I’ve long been lamenting the disappearance of a communal shower at the gyms here in Australia. Sure there is the perve factor but let’s be honest, there are as many of us regular Joe’s at the gym as there are muscle gods.

Cultures all around the world have used bathing time to bond with friends, talk about problems and all sorts of things. It’s a time when your guard is down and people are more honest. Back in my surf boat rowing days, there was so much fun banter going on when we were showering after training. Of course, the prospect of seeing hot young tourists all showering together isn’t exactly unappealing.

So bloody close!

In four days time I will be on a plane winging my way to Europe. Sure there will be 36 hours and 40 minutes spent in an airplane seat trying to sleep and sitting around in airports to get there but that’s all part of the adventure.

It feels like this holiday is getting very real all of a sudden. When I booked it back in September (who does that??) it was more of a concept rather than a reality. Now that’s changed. The friend that I’m going to be with in Iceland flew out of Australia yesterday and will arrive in Iceland after a few days seeing friends elsewhere in the world. On the weekend I bought some long johns to wear under jeans to keep warm. I’ve washed all my clothes and this week will be spent wearing all old underwear and clothing I don’t want to take. I’m feeling very glamorous as a result.

Now the nerves are setting in. There are the nerves that come with travelling to the other side of the world and not being sure of what to expect. Thankfully most of the time I’m quite a chilled out traveller. I go with the flow fairly easily and don’t actually make too many set-in-stone plans other than accommodation and flights.

Part of me is wishing I had a drone to get some aerial footage on this trip. Sadly I don’t. There will be much footage taken regardless and it will be glorious. That’s the plan anyway!

Life is an adventure after all. Go and enjoy it!

Iceland By Drone from DAVID on Vimeo.

Three dancers

I finally got around to editing the footage from the Three Dancers shoot. It was a daunting prospect due to the amount of footage we captured on the day. As a results I’ve actually opted for a fairly short video. One of the models also didn’t want too much footage out there of him looking essentially nude which I respect. The video actually feels more cohesive because of the short nature of it.

It was funny going through the footage. Slow motion is not always flattering to moving human bodies but with these guys and their great bodies it was fantastic to highlight the movement. Boy did they jump a lot. Sorry boys. Don’t forget to hit like on the video and subscribe to my youtube channel. I’ve got some interesting projects coming up.

Not guilty

After sharing the video last night that I created to go along with my photo shoot for QAMA, the guy organising the magazine messaged me. “I have SJW’s (Social Justice Warriors) messaging me that your series is Black Face”. I have used different coloured body paint in various shoots for my tribe series, and for the Shrouded exhibition I painted Jason from the shoulders up in black body paint. It’s always been a very carefully considered approach to make sure that I wasn’t being guilty of cultural appropriation.

In the case of the QAMA series the black paint represents sexuality and fetishes in general taking over the model. If I had indeed been trying to parody black people or demean the very real oppression they have faced then I would expect a backlash but I genuinely can’t see anything of “black face” in this series at all.

Indeed one of the comments on the post of the video was from a reader in the U.S. who said “As an African-American guy I was a little worried about the appropriation of blackface, but I was happy to see that this made no reference at all to the minstrel tropes that might have made this offensive to some. Gorgeous work. Beautifully done.”
I admire people who are ready to fight injustice when they see it. Most of us are a bit shy of wading into such delicate waters. What I don’t like is people looking for injustice, racism or other forms of discrimination when there is clearly no intent at all.

Above is one of the images that will be included in the QAMA magazine.

(Don’t) Look

A while ago I told you all about the erotic shoot I did with the Escort, Chris. The publication that it was for, QAMA, isn’t out as yet but it’s not long now. QAMA is a double edged short sort originating in Persia. qama seeks to disseminate the duality of human constructs and paradigms.” The theme for the first issue of QAMA is Blaq and the definition given was “Black is a void. It is utilitarianism and elegance. Blaq symbolizes both luxury and power. Blaq is everything, yet nothing. Blaq is ancient.”

Since there were no limits placed on the nature of the content and explicit or erotic material was allowed, I decided to interpret the black as exhibitionism and sexual desire. The series is titled “(Don’t) Look” and like Qama explores the double edged sword of exhibitionism and hiding at the same time, through the use of body paint gradually encompassing the model. Blaq, and the black body paint in this instance represents sex and sexuality. Sex and fetishes often start as something you try or dabble in from time to time but they can quite easily become quite all consuming. The struggle is between being proud of your sexuality and your desires or hiding them.

Having a model like Chris who was willing to pose like this was both intimidating and liberating. Intimidating because I wanted the images to still be beautiful and creative as well as sexual and liberating because there was no need for modesty. I actually found myself conflicted while I was shooting wondering whether it was allowed to find it a turn on to have a model walking around masturbating and being so open about his erection. Chris had no qualms about it and actually enjoys being watched but years of conditioning tells me as a photographer that I need to be professional. I’m human though and it was a really erotic shoot.

Below is the video I have put together with footage from the day. I’ve had to host it on pornhub as Vimeo wouldn’t allow it.

Flashman Wade nude…

Flashman Wade isn’t a name that I had come across before but when a link pops up on your feed that a former America’s Next Top Model contestant is getting his naked on all over the internet, you click on that damn link.

Now I can’t condone him filming people without their permission on a nude beach but I can condone him putting his own wares out there for the world to see. Especially when he’s such a sexy guy. That is the sort of thing that needs to be shared, far and wide. A quick google search for Flashman Wade nude suggests that he has indeed been sharing it far and wide with the first few links appearing to be him getting naked for a shower and having a wank on cam, plus a bunch of other links. We here at Aussielicious endorse this behaviour.

There’s change in the air

I have a habit of not making changes that I need to make until my hand is forced a bit and while I’m not quite at that stage yet, my mind is already thinking of what in my life I need to change. My work situation is feeling very insecure at the moment and obviously I can’t do much about it while I am overseas on a huge holiday but as soon as I get back it’s time to get organised and see what I can do.

My living situation is also feeling like it’s run it’s course. My housemate is a nice guy but he’s renovating while I’m away and as a result of changes which are great overall for the house, it means my bedroom needs to fit more of my “stuff” in it and it’s just not a big room. I’m thinking that I need to take more care and some time to find something suitable as last time I might have jumped from the frying pan into the fire and left a bad situation to go to one that hasn’t been amazing. If I can find someone as open to nakedness around the house, that would be ideal. Far from needing to be nude all the time I don’t want to have to feel worried my housemate might see if I decided to walk to the bathroom with nothing on. Maybe I’d even get to host my own nude drinks nights instead of relying on my friend’s fantastic hospitality.

Maybe I’ll take the momentum of adventure created by the holiday and create some good changes in my day to day life?

Getting started…

This weekend is a long weekend here in Sydney and I’m house and dog sitting so it’s a great opportunity to get some life-administration done.

Now that I’m an officially registered marriage celebrant I thought I’d set up a Facebook and Instagram page for the business. I won’t get any clients if there’s no way to market myself will I?

Click to like my Facebook Page, Brenton Parry Celebrations or here to follow the Instagram page with the same name. As you can see I didn’t go with any of the names involving puns. That sort of thing was a lot of fun and some of them were really clever but I thought they might deter the more conservative clients. So there will now be hashtags used on my social media posts like #CeleBrenton #MarryWithParry and #thenakedcelebrant.

The Naked Celebrant may actually get a page of it’s own to do some more cheeky and more targeted promotion. I’m looking forward to performing the ceremony for my friends in August as my first ceremony then getting stuck in to do a lot more!

Near or far?

Timo Wilderness is a Finnish blogger who sadly, like lots of my favourite bloggers seems to have gone a bit quiet. Today however I saw that he’s posted a short video about a project he was asked to  take on by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment in Finland. It is a part of his “Welcome to Finland” series that I’ve featured before on Aussielicious.

This time Timo isn’t targeting the people from around the world who might go to Finland. No, this time his agenda is to promote “Near Travel” to other Finnish people. As he says in the video, travel to your neighbours house. Travel down the road. Travel locally.

I may be about to embark on a “Far Travel” adventure to the other side of the world but the idea of local adventures and “Near Travel” feels good to me. As I posted recently, when I get back from the trip I’m planning lots of local adventures to vlog about.

I hope this video is a taste of what’s to come and that Timo starts posting a bit more often. I really enjoy his quirky view of the world.

Tantalisingly close…

Two weeks. That’s it. In two weeks I will finally board a plane to fly a long and probably tedious, uncomfortable journey that will be more than justified by a destination that I’ve been wanting to see for 15 years. In 2002 I was living in London and in the Tube they had billboards advertising a deal on a three-day horse riding tour of Iceland. Unfortunately I couldn’t afford it so that didn’t happen. Ever since then it’s been on my bucket list and in two short weeks it’s going to happen.

Being the only me that I can be I have of course googled the opportunities for nakedness in Iceland. It seemed like I should, and always would. I came across this article about Getting Naked in Iceland. It’s mostly a guide on pool etiquette and showering properly before a swim, along with mentions of the hot springs to be found and how nudity seems to keep popping up in Icelandic music videos.

The video at the top of the article and below in this post is just a short music video showcasing the fun to be had in Iceland. Complete with a hot man running to meet his girlfriend, naked in a hot spring. Talk about goals. I’ve mentioned before that I am planning on sitting naked in a hot spring with my mates having a beer at some point in the trip. Shouldn’t be too difficult, right?

I made a terrible mistake

Anyone who reads this blog must know that I’m essentially solar powered. I’d rather be in baking heat than cold weather any day. If the weather has to be cold the dear lord don’t let it be cold and wet. As a result, this brutal onset of winter always puts me in a slump. We had a really mild Autumn here in Sydney and every year jokes go around about Australia being surprised by winter for the 220th year in a row and it’s true. We seem to deny that it’s coming until we have to put more than a t-shirt on.

Things at work are a bit odd at the moment. I’m not actually sure the business is going to survive so when I get back from Europe I think it’s time for me to start getting my resume in order and deciding what I want to be when I grow up. On top of that a big project that I’ve been trying to make happen doesn’t feel like it’s going to happen at the moment and that is also giving me the blues.

Add to all that, I’ve been going through a “I’m single and lonely” phase, so WHY on earth did I decide to click on a link with all these beautiful same sex wedding photos. Seeing all those people amazingly happy and smiling as much as is humanly possible just about tipped me over the edge. Sitting nearly crying at your desk when you are over tired and emotional at the start of the day was not a glamorous start to my day. Thankfully it’s ended with some great laughs with a friend and a nice quiet night in.

Now can I just go on my god damned holiday please? Fifteen more sleeps.