Getting the (Nudist) Shot - Jordan Stead


Jordan Stead is one of the brightest upcoming young talents in the world of photography. A visual journalist and commercial photographer with a focus on editorial storytelling, Jordan's growing photographic maturity shows in the impact his images make on the viewer--images and talent that continue to garner national attention.

This past summer, Jordan faced one of his biggest challenges yet in telling the story through photography. The challenge became a quest that answered the question, "Just how far will you go to get 'the' photo--the image/s that tell the story?"

Come hear about how a short Seattle PI assignment became a personal challenge for Jordan to capture the real story of the often-misunderstood culture behind nudism at Fraternity Snoqualmie Family Nudist Park located near Issaquah on Tiger Mountain. What does it take to gain the trust of a group that is tradtionally camera shy so that you can tell the story? For Jordan, it meant stripping down to his birthday suit for several months and spending many days at the camp. (We promise, Jordan will be wearing his clothes for this evening.)

The resulting story is perhaps the first real look into the true culture of the camp and its inhabitants in its 70 year history. For the folks at Fraternity Snoqualmie, nudism (aka naturism) isn’t about sexuality. It's about the beauty of the body, regardless of its perfection or lack thereof. Yes, there will be nudity (but not crudity) in the images Jordan will be showing this evening.

Jordan has said, "You've got numbers, biases, changing light, moments that last a millisecond. The process is all about balance, closely followed by control over your internal doubts and fears at the time of the decisive moment. Having the technical ability is only the beginning. It is when the numbers junk falls to the subconscious that a photographer can truly begin to make pictures freely, focusing on the elements that contribute to a striking image."

Learn more about how you can do more to "get the shot" at this evening with Jordan.

You can see more of Jordan's work at his website and keep up with his activity by following him on Twitter (@jordanbstead).

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  • JS B.

    Jordan gave an entertaining and useful presentation. I apprecaite him making time to put it together and come talk to us. I've considered some long projects and now have learned a lot about how to approach them.

    The only problem I had was with 2 people in the back row who thought their conversation was more important than the rest of us being able to hear Jordan.

    January 8

  • Ron J.

    Enjoyed the presentation very much. I wasn't sure what to expect, but figured it would be good.

    1 · January 7

  • Joshua R.

    Any reason why you can't rsvp until the night before?

    December 27

    • Earnie

      Sorry, Joshua. We were trying to get all the ducks in a row on details. It's open to RSVPs now. Thanks.

      December 31

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