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Autumn Newsletter 2016
Content by Kenneth Fahy:


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Greetings, everybody, and I hope that you are all enjoying the lovely world of nude figurative art. To me, the naked human body, irrespective of gender, age, wealth, social status and beliefs, is the most beautiful thing in creation, and it is a privilege to celebrate it by being involved in that world.

Variety goes hand in hand with my professional nudity, and it hardly needs me to say that probably the most seismic event to happen since I last wrote was the outcome of the 23rd June Referendum. My own views on the topic are well known to the fellow nude models I meet up with regularly in the Olu Deniz Bath House, and do not need to be aired here. But Bill Garland, who runs a rather "way out" artists collective in Bootle and where I regularly model nude, went ballistic when he heard the result, not helped by pained telephone calls from artists he associates with in Brussels and Amsterdam, and what he saw as a threat to some money he gets from an EU cultural initiative. Anyway, he saw in the "Guardian" that a lady economist at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, had protested against the result by going to a meeting with fellow academics naked with an anti-Brexit slogan painted on her chest. "What a brilliant idea" thought Bill. "Kenneth, I've got another job for you." The upshot was that he put me naked on a table in his studio, and, in blue paint, inscribed "Britain Naked thanks to Brexit" in large letters on my breasts and belly. He then placed me on another table in his adjoining gallery for the benefit of his artist mates and his photography students, not to mention the social media he uses.

This was not the only encounter my naked body has had recently with blue paint. Everybody in ANUK would have heard about Spencer Tunick and his mass photoshoot "Sea of Hull", which took place in the early hours of July 9th. The event was commissioned by the Ferens Art Gallery in the eponymous city, to celebrate its maritime tradition and focus attention on Hull being the 2017 City of Culture. 3,000 naked people took part in the project, and I was one of them! The naked bodies included a complete spectrum of humanity: old, young, the whole gamut of sexuality, different body shapes, people who were disabled. I would not have missed this for the world. The weather was "nippy" and a bit windy, and we were photographed naked from around 4 a.m. until about 8.30 a.m. There were seven separate scenes, some of them lying down on the ground, giving the impression I thought of a mass slaughter. Some shots, standing or lying down, were entirely of the front of our bodies, others of a sea of bare buttocks. Instructions were blared out through a megaphone. And as for the blue paint: when we stripped at the beginning of the shoot in Queens Gardens, everybody was given a small tub of the stuff. We were told to apply the paint as quickly as possible (3 minutes!) and to every nook and cranny. As I was daubing myself, an elderly very pleasant guy who introduced himself as Bernard touched me on the shoulder and said "to hurry things up, I'll do your bottom for you", and proceeded to expedite the process by applying the paint to my more intimate regions. And I wasn't the only one who was being given a helping hand!

I was also booked to participate in another smaller but similar nude event in the shadow of the Humber Bridge later the next day. Bernard told me he was also involved, and as we found we had interests in common, we decided to spend the intervening time together, giving him a chance to show me the local sights (the "land of green ginger," a couple of excellent museums and the like) . I had not made a hotel booking for afterward as I intended to catch a train back to Manchester, and because of the Tunick event, all hotels in the city were obviously going to be full. So, Bernard suggested I stay overnight with him in his flat in the city centre, where we could relax and enjoy being naked together. I was in no hurry to get back, so we had ample time to explore our mutual interests of nude wrestling and tantric massage therapy. In the event, I didn't have a stitch on until I left his flat on Wednesday morning!

And what else has been happening? Modelling for life drawing sessions is always a bit quiet in August, but luckily, I'm on the books of the guys at the Malejunction studios in East London. At the start of the month, they contacted me to say I would be ideal for a role in their latest production, "Bare Boys Behind Bars", inspired by a similar film made a couple of decades ago in Brazil, and which was never shown in this country because of its highly homoerotic and "sexually exploitative" content. The film is set in a prison in a mythical semi-tropical South American country, in which the inmates are imprisoned wearing just skimpy T shirts with an identity number on the back, leaving them bare below the waist, or more often than not, completely naked. I played the part of somebody jailed for cyber crime, and became the "bitch" of one of the dubious characters who controlled the other prisoners in a kind of reign of terror. With constant nudity, a lot of BDSM and sex, I really enjoyed the five days the film took to make, even when the character I played was accused of being a "grass" and strangled to death in the prison yard whilst other prisoners crowded round. My final scene was lying naked on a slab in the prison mortuary whilst the corrupt Governor arranged the sale of my corpse for medical research. This was rather ironic bearing in mind that in the real world in the coming Autumn, I shall be resuming my work as a demonstration model for medical students in Liverpool! I understand the CD comes out in late October.

I seem to be getting type cast as a nude victim, as a fellow member of our Nude Wall has hired me for a role in a low-budget horror film he is making in a few months time. It' s being made somewhere isolated in Cornwall, and I am to play the part of a human sacrifice. Ugh! And the relevant scene is planned for 31st October, i.e. Halloween- scary!

Well, that's all for the time being, and if anybody has any interesting stories about their modelling experiences, send them to me and I would be delighted to include them in a forthcoming newsletter.

All the best, lots of love to everybody, and here's to the freedom of being naked!

My email is kandjfahy@aol.com.
And I can be reached on 07890 661717.
I can also provide plenty of images of my work.

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