How do you feel about naked bodies? How do you feel about naked bodies in a non-sexual context? I know it kind of depends on the body, but in general I think a lot of us would agree that naked bodies in an unusual context can sometimes be straight-up hilarious.
Utah-based photographer Trevor Christensen seems to get this. That’s why for his recent series of “nude portraits,” he was the one who stripped down. And instead of asking his subjects to do the same (like a certain creepy photographer), he simply captured their reactions. Why? He explains on his site:
As a photographer I’m deeply interested in the experience subjects have during portrait shoots. When I guide subjects through the process of making their photo, I seek to create a calm, comfortable environment where they can be at ease in front of the camera. Despite my best efforts, subjects often feel a sense of vulnerability during the process. No matter the scenario, this power imbalance seems like an almost inescapable part of the experience.
The photographer/subject paradigm is one of inequality. Nude Portraits is about leveling the playing field in an unorthodox way. Instead of focusing on bringing the subject to a place of ease, where I am, this project brings me to a place of vulnerability.
As you would expect, the reactions are pretty great. Naked men: funny. People’s reactions to naked men: even funnier. Christensen will be posting updating his Instagram account with the portraits as he takes them, but for now you can see more here.