Guest Post by: Tom Eshchar
Tom and Alizarin are a couple of young creative creatures that are now enjoying their honeymoon in a world wide road trip. Fortunately for us, they share beautiful pictures and fascinating stories about their adventures around the world in a great blog called Zroob.com.
Will you do things differently if you thought nobody was judging you? Would that thing be better that way?
Recently we added our photos to another photographer’s web site. We added a photo in which we are standing naked in front of the “Rabbanut” which is the judicial council for religious matters for Jewish people in the state of Israel. It was suppose to be our wedding photo, and we were trying to say that although according to the law we have to sign in there, we kindly refuse. We wanted to tell the world that we don’t agree with the convention of living together as “balls and chains” but rather as a joined adventure. We decided to share our belief of love as an added flavor and not having to ask anyone to validate this for us, especially if that person knows nothing of what we want out of this life and love.
In our art (Tom’s photos, Alizarin photos, writing and design) we sometimes say things that matters to us. Every now and then we create in a way that we produce something that is not just pretty. There is a risk in that. In this television controlled, fast and many stimuli world, a saying is often faced with puzzled, sometimes empty looks. Better yet are the post modern ideas in which anything is possible and the truth is as elusive as politicians. Still, we enjoy on occasion the thrill of juggling the truth as we see it.
Recently, we had an interesting nude project. I’m not writing “photography project” because it felt more than that. We asked regular people, not models, to participate. We wanted to create art that also changes the life of its models. As an experience, it was very exciting for all sides. We had 35 people stripping within three months. All amateurs. 4 of them couples. They all said after that besides the beautiful outcome, they feel they’ve been through an interesting experience that made them think and feel different things about their body and of nudity.
Why nude? I feel as if sex, and the human body is one of the relics of thought of the old dark ages. Along with human rights, and freedom, this was repressed and restrained by the religious institutes. Now is the time of self reliance, self conscious and human morality. Art is just the way to promote this. To show the world how beautiful it can look.