Anyone and everyone who follows my account on Twitter [@IbanSaram] knows that over the course of a week I usually post several “TeamNaturist” pictures, which are depictions of life in a clothesfree state, some “Thought of the Day” images, which aren’t necessarily aimed at the naturist or nudist public, but include an unclad figure and a (for me) meaningful quote or proverb; in addition to those I also post a “Testicular Tuesday” image once a week and when the biking season starts here I normally post one or two World Naked Bike Ride images at the weekends.
Observant followers have noticed that there’s one thing that links all these images, no matter what hashtag the post finally bears: the brownish-tan border or frame. Yes, it was only a matter of time until some tweeple started asking me why I chose that particular colour for the frame.
Here’s the answer:
When I started captioning and posting images on a regular basis, each hashtag had a frame of a different colour; I usually had green ones around images in which the environment was the focus, for example, or dark blue or sky blue ones for home naturist images. Those colours worked pretty well as a sort of colour-coding system for me as it made sorting and classifying the images on my hard disk easier, but the frames occasionally clashed with the colours in the images themselves and that bothered me.
After some time I decided to go for a uniform colour for all the images I caption. As luck would have it, I had brainwave one afternoon while I was out on a walk: I realised I’d be happiest with a colour that not only reflected both my naturist leanings as well as the fact that I have Twitter friends of all ethnicities (something I’m very proud of by the way), but also went with the skin tones in the images I was captioning.
That being said, I elected to blend the skin tones of six of people I communicated with on a regular basis.
Using Photoshop, I sampled and evaluated the colour values for a spot of skin (a hairless spot between their bellybuttons and their pubes) and then took the mathematical averages of those values – the result of those computations was the brownish-tan hue I now use as the frame. In case you’re wondering, I chose to take use colour samples from
• a Latino from South America
• a pale, ginger Scotsman,
• a Romanian,
• an African-American friend,
• an Australian of Asian descent, and
• an Egyptian.
I’ve been using the same frame colour now for nearly 2 years – without any complaints — and, although its width around the image has changed a bit, the colour itself hasn’t.