"To be a male heterosexual ballet dancer is complicated in Mexico. We live in a male chauvinistic country, in which everything is women, women, women and the man’s power over them. It is very complicated when it comes to ballet, since I am a guy in such a field, you always hear comments like, “are you gay?” with some type of judgement. In Mexico, everything is soccer, fighting, or sports that represent the masculine power from an outside and internal perspective. When you come to a point where you involve yourself in art, which I feel that it is a much more internal thing, such as this project, like in being naked. The arts are like roads that lead you to understand yourself better internally and to lose those taboos or shamefulness that we as humans suffer day to day. Ballet has helped me to open up more."
"India is so diverse with people, culture and beliefs. From worshiping the linga (the form) to the theory of Kamasutra, our history shows us how open the concept of nudity was back in past. Today nudity has become a taboo and people they want to look perfect. People forget that being nude is the most enjoyable feeling in the world and everyone is perfect."
One of the most daring shoots for this project. Shot in prison, on the island of, Palawan.
In losing his wife and son, the sole purpose to participate in this project was to be able to display his two chest tattoos, dedicated to the life and passing of his wife and son. The day his wife died, he decided to let the back of his hair grow, as something to connect him to his relationship. It wasn’t until I was at the Myanmar border with Thailand that I was able to find my subject, as Myanmar is a very conservative country and the topic of nudity is taboo. He was introduced to me by my Thai friend who let me crash on her couch for a couple of days.
The subject was found on one of my last days in Cambodia. We met by the pool, which was near the school where I was teaching. She was there, helping her mom, who was in charge of welcoming the Peace Corps workers who had just arrived in Cambodia.
When asked to comment about nudity in Cambodia, the subject replied:
"Cambodia people will not talking about nudity. They will mind it"
I met the subject when I was stuck at the Thai border with Myanmar. I was unexpectedly not able to cross over, since I did not have the visa. This sparked me to look into couchsurfing and found the subject as my host for the week.
"Thai Culture is not open to sexuality and nudity, even though there're many sex tourisms all over the places but Thai morality don't accept that. Most Thais tend to be hung up on morality more than humanity and they judge those whom accept/express sexuality. So people don't accept/express themselves, they 'pretend' to be 'moral'. The Government and Media do play roles on that i.e. recently the PM said shit about one Isaan Singer who dressed sexy on the media. And let's not talk about the King rama X right now - then it will be too complicated
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