“Clothes make a man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” – Mark Twain
My project explores the various differences between a person wearing clothes and the same person being naked. These differences vary from their own personality, to how they are perceived by others and who they are expected to be in society. The idea is that when naked, a person is their true self since they have nothing to hide behind, no distractions. The true self does not have to be considered the best self, however, it is the most genuine version one will ever be. Clothes might have the power to transform someone, but being naked has the power to set one free.
Furthermore, my work also approaches the issue of the naked body as shamed in everyday life, only meant for private time. Looking at these pictures, some people are more exposed than the others, which causes discomfort in some viewers. The point is to make the viewer reflect on the discomfort and ask why it makes them feel that way. The message is that there is nothing to be ashamed of or disgusted by, as being naked is the one and only thing we all have in common. In that sense, we are all the same.