There are some art concepts that could only be transformed into reality in Berlin. The people that really make this city are indeed characterized by a certain tolerance to all things wild and free, regardless of how weird or inappropriate they may be at the same time.
On his arrival in Berlin, the Czech artist Martin Gabriel Pavel set out to explore the city and its colorful people. But although this still sounds pretty usual, I’d venture to say he made a little more of an impact in this field than you or me. The photography project he started out could only succeed under some very particular circumstance, the most vital one of them being that people would allow others to take picture of them naked, which will result in hundreds of such portrayals getting back to Pavel.
Long story short: Pavel started the process by taking a picture of Elle in her apartment. Naked. She then took his camera and made a photo of M, who in turn took a photo of Jonathan, and so on. The random chain continued on and on, and has until now been released only as an online photo series titled Daily Portrait. But now Pavel is ready to present his book with naked images of 381 Berliners.
To make this unique Berlin project available to a wider audience the artists behind it, Martin Pavel and Marek Kučera, created a beautiful big photo book. Here you can order the book.
I took part in this project and have to say found it a very liberating experience.
Being British where nakedness is a bit taboo, stripping off in front of a complete stranger was despite my fears, surprisingly easy not to mention fun.
Being the second to last person on the project it fell on me to photograph Martin, the man behind the project. Lovely guy with some great idea.
Looking forward to the launch this spring.
PS, I also made the music for the video…hope you like it.
I really like the real look this post is giving me.
I allmost feel like getting naked is not that big a deal after all..
Thanks a lot..
I dont live in Berlin, so cant show my pic..
Love the light, the way you put the individual in environnement. Freedom and respect.
Thanks. This is a beautiful art work 🙂