Photographer Sebastian Kempa, 31, has an interesting photographic project called Naked People. As the name suggests, the site and shots in this post, although NSFW for many people, are in no way pornographic, but instead a simple study of ever day individuals, first as they appear in their normal clothing and then, in the same pose, only without clothing.
above photo is courtesy of Mary at pertedetemps. Thanks Mary!
The site is a simple flash program that features 20 men and women, who, when clicked upon, their outfits disappear to reveal the human body beneath.
Clothing is our second skin. It disguises, reveals- it can reflect our innermost being or conceal it. Through one’s clothing, he or she is able to exhibit his or her profession, social status, or mood. A suit lets us assume the bearer is a banker, office worker, insurance agent… In our society this is a distinguishing characteristic of respectability. But, how often is such an assumption true? Can we absolutely trust this covering? What really is underneath? Could the illusion be destroyed at the discovery of a tattoo, or leave the person as inscrutable as before? Here we have the opportunity to see the differences in perception between a person dressed and undressed. - Sebastian Kempa
Their name, age, profession and hobbies are listed with each image as well, adding insight and personality to each individual.
Here are some examples from the 33 on the site:
Name: Jascha / Age: 27 / Job: Civil Servant
Hobby: To Ride a Motorcycle / Country: Germany
Name: Ingrid / Age: 38 / Job: Receptionist
Hobby: Reading / Country: Belgium
Name: Krid / Age: 59 / Job: Consulting
Hobby: Music, Literature, Art / Country: Germany
Name: Brigitte / Age: 55 / Job: Businesswoman
Hobby: Tango / Country: Germany
Name: Sarah / Age: 22 / Job: Management Assistant
Hobby: Modeling, Painting, Reading / Country: Germany
Name: Angsar / Age: 30 / Job: Musician
Hobby: Music / Country: Germany:
Name: Andrea / Age: 32 / Job: Flight Attendant
Hobby: Travel, Art / Country: Germany:
To see photographer Sebastian Kempa's full portfolio, go here.
Visit the Naked People site here.
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