This particular trip to Hastings (East Sussex) coincided with the World Naked Bike Ride. It’s one of the biggest naked (clothing optional) protests (partly against oil dependency) in the world. This global event also celebrates a ‘positive body image’, and these folk (both men & women) didn’t care where they let it all hang out. In fact, the dress code motto is “bare as you dare”. And good for them!
I had recently bought the Ricoh GR 16.2 MP digital camera. So, this event was a perfect opportunity to try it out. I first encountered these naked bike riders in Hastings Old Town. Then I met them again on the beach where they stopped for a rest. Some riders were letting it all hang out more than others! But they were friendly enough and didn’t mind having their photo taken. After all, they’re promoting a worthwhile cause. And it’s a public space – so there’s no law against taking photos. As you might expect – this post contains nudity!
The camera details
All photos were taken with the superb Ricoh GR 16.2 MP digital camera (Black). It’s one of the best pocket-sized, high-performance digital cameras ever made. The images are very sharp and detailed. Its size is also perfect for shooting street photography. Not many camera manufacturers made successful digital cameras that evolved from film cameras. And Ricoh did a great job here. In fact, many of their film cameras had a sharp lens. The GR line-up of film cameras is well regarded and they are becoming increasingly more expensive to buy. As usual, small tone and exposure adjustments were made in Adobe Camera Raw.
World Naked Bike Ride (Hastings, 2014): The Photos
Check out these photos of this global “bare as you dare” event taken with the Ricoh GR compact camera.
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