Natural in Paradise
“If I look at photo’s or movies from the 60’s and 70’s (flower power, woodstock, the sexual revolution etc.), I wished I was older… That way I would have experienced this time myself.
After reading about ‘Byron Bay’ and the spiritual, natural way of living without the big influence of commercial companies, it was almost as if I was reading an article from 40 years ago. This seems to me the real celebration of life and I almost couldn’t believe this exists in our century.
Thanks to photographer Charles MacFarland and Edition Reuss there is now this wonderful book “Natural in Paradise” which shows the beautiful nature with it’s human inhabitants in Byron Bay. This is nudity in it’s purest form.
Paradise exists, although I must admit that I think it’s better to keep this a BIG secret. ”
Hasn’t everyone dreamed of being able to move about outdoors as nude and as free as we were in the Garden of Eden? Young people in Byron Bay, Australia have made this dream come true and have integrated it into their lifestyle. In this book, you’ll experience pretty nudists who enjoy their nakedness, go for nude hikes in the jungle, perform yoga exercises in the nude on the beach, or celebrate life in unspoiled natural surroundings. The pleasantly warm climate on the shore of the Pacific Ocean encourages them to indulge in these naked pleasures all year round. Incidentally: shaved pubes are unknown here, where naturally thick, lush pelts of pubic hair never went out of style.
MacFarland started in nude photography when his father sent him a Polaroid camera to take pictures of his Peace Corps experience and he used it to do nudes of a fellow volunteer, an Australian girl, instead. In Australia he continued to do artistic nudes, and also wrote articles and did photos for naturist magazines. Gradually he turned to video and founded Synetech Video co. Synetech specializes in documentary videos about naturist resorts and beaches, and also creative videos of nudes in beautiful natural surroundings.
In 1992 MacFarland came to live in Byron Bay, an Edenic area just south of Brisbane, popular with creative people leading alternative lifestyles. Byron has everything: beautiful beaches, rainforests, steep mountains with deep canyons, waterfalls, craft markets, and countless cafes. There he found lots of people happy to participate in videos about naked parties, beach visits, yoga, body painting, rainforest walks, and sensual delights. He has made more than 20 videos in Byron Bay, as well as 30 at naturist spots in Europe and America. The photos in this book were made in association with the Byron videos.
The people of Byron Bay live a better lifestyle, not dragged down by unhappy old-fashioned ideas like consumerism, conventional religions, greed, or intolerance. They don’t destroy their environment or embrace war or accept the domination of wrongheaded political or business institutions. Their fondness for nakedness is just one aspect of the whole rainbow of these good ideas, which MacFarland has come to love in his beautiful adopted home.