• Nakedness is usually reserved for the private realm.  We make sure the curtain is pulled before we undress.  On the beach, we wriggle awkwardly behind towels to preserve our modesty and a dropped corner is cause for deep blushes.  We keep our private parts hidden from view, known only to ourselves or given as a gift to a lover.  It is about more than just skin.  Nakedness is a concept as much as it is a state of being, and one wreathed in paradox.  With it are bound notions of privacy, self possession, jurisdiction.  It can connote innocence or sexuality, purity or depravity.  It can signify both power and vulnerability, used to liberate or humiliate.

     

    We arrive in this world without a stitch on our backs, raw-skinned and unadorned.  In infancy and childhood, nudity is still considered natural, a sign of prelapsarian purity, untainted by the unseemly connotations that begin to attach themselves as we draw nearer to adolescence.   As newborns we are free, unencumbered with the societal expectations of clothing, the delineations of style, the consumerist pressures of fashion.  All these are yet to come.

     

     

     

    As one YBN member explains:

    “I was drawn in by the great equalizing aspect of naturism. It is an interesting question how far people would retain their respective rank if they were divested of their clothes. When all other things are held equal, when nude, a rich person appears no different than a poor person, or a really fashionable person appears no different to someone who has to make do with the clothing they have. Thus, these classifications disappear and the playing field is leveled. In the naturist environment, I feel like I’m their equal – I’m not better than them, nor they are better than me, we are just human. By removing clothing I feel a barrier between people is gone and I’m more able to meet and to talk to others without the feeling that I or they have something to hide.”

     

     

    In order to fully understand my subject and gain the trust and respect of the people I wished to photograph I felt it was essential for me to cross over to their side and be naked. By placing myself in a vulnerable situation, the connection with my subjects was one of mutual understanding and equality.

     

    This project consists of young British naturists aged between 17 and 30.  I aim to capture them as individuals, not just naturists.

  • Lunch at Manchester Sun & Air club
    Lunch at Manchester Sun & Air club
  • Andre
    Andre
    Andre at Spielplatz naturist club
  • Vicky
    Vicky
    Vicky sits on the bed in Brighton
  • Matthew has a cigarette in the heat at The Naturist Foundation
    Matthew has a cigarette in the heat at The Naturist Foundation
  • Isi at Manchester Sun & Air club
    Isi at Manchester Sun & Air club
  • Kay at home
    Kay at home
  • Ahmed - Jelly beans
    Ahmed - Jelly beans
    Ahmed plays with Jelly beans at The Naturist Foundation
  • Float
    Float
    Shaun floats in the pool at Pheonix Sun Club est 1933
  • Jonathan at home
    Jonathan at home
  • Carl has a cigarette break at Five Acres Club
    Carl has a cigarette break at Five Acres Club
  • Trivial Pursuit at Spielplatz naturist club
    Trivial Pursuit at Spielplatz naturist club
  • Phil at Manchester  Sun & Air club
    Phil at Manchester Sun & Air club
  • Vicky rolls a cigarette at Manchester Sun & Air club
    Vicky rolls a cigarette at Manchester Sun & Air club
  • Ashley with a thug ( a mini ten bat) at Springwood Sun Club
    Ashley with a thug ( a mini ten bat) at Springwood Sun Club
  • Ashley & Carl play foosball at Spielplatz naturist club
    Ashley & Carl play foosball at Spielplatz naturist club
  • England lose to germany in the World cup - Pheonix Sun Club est 1933
    England lose to germany in the World cup - Pheonix Sun Club est 1933
  • Kris reads the paper at Speilplatz naturist club
    Kris reads the paper at Speilplatz naturist club
  • Ashley, Matthew and Ahmed play draughts at The Naturist Foundation
    Ashley, Matthew and Ahmed play draughts at The Naturist Foundation
  • Alex enjoys an ice cream at The Naturist Foundation
    Alex enjoys an ice cream at The Naturist Foundation
  • Playing Boules at Manchester Sun & Air club
    Playing Boules at Manchester Sun & Air club
  • Dan
    Dan
    Dan in Brighton
  • Rob de-mists his glasses after a sauna at The Naturist Foundation
    Rob de-mists his glasses after a sauna at The Naturist Foundation
  • Jordan plays his X Box
    Jordan plays his X Box
  • Ashley at the BBQ at The Naturist Foundation
    Ashley at the BBQ at The Naturist Foundation
  • Mini Ten at Spielplatz naturist club
    Mini Ten at Spielplatz naturist club
  • Shaun at home
    Shaun at home
  • Puzzle
    Puzzle
    Kris completes a puzzle at Spielplatz naturist club
  • Robert takes a rest from a game of mini ten at Five Acres Club
    Robert takes a rest from a game of mini ten at Five Acres Club
  • Simon plays pool at Five Acres Club
    Simon plays pool at Five Acres Club
  • Jonathan watches Wimbledon Tennis at The Naturist Foundation
    Jonathan watches Wimbledon Tennis at The Naturist Foundation
  • Inflatable at Pheonix Sun Club  est 1933 based in Cheshire
    Inflatable at Pheonix Sun Club est 1933 based in Cheshire
  • Pheonix Sun Club est 1933 based in Cheshire
    Pheonix Sun Club est 1933 based in Cheshire
  • Dan has breakfast at The Naturist Foundation
    Dan has breakfast at The Naturist Foundation
  • Jon
    Jon
    Jon at home
  • Relaxing in the Sun lounge at Five Acres Club
    Relaxing in the Sun lounge at Five Acres Club
  • Allan sleeps at Springwood Sun Club
    Allan sleeps at Springwood Sun Club
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