The censorship of the naked male body continues to expand daily on the Internet. Helping photographer's like Ruben van Schalm launch their beautiful photobooks with crowd finding like Kickstarter, is a way to resist growing censorship.
About Ruben van Schalm's work: "I experience my work as a personal diary of special encounters in which the moment of looking through the camera gives me the opportunity to come into close contact with the unattainable. In this way photography allows me to closely examine the beauty of my objects of desire. The environment in which I place these objects of desire plays an important role, because framing the male body in a specific environment allows me to create the ultimate paradise I’m searching for in my work.
"Besides a certain sexual charge the photos also need to translate the energy of a playful moment in which they where created. My work method is very intuitive in this sense, and series of images form as a result of experiment rather than a planned staged shoot. A diary documents your life and always has unexpected turns that I want to capture in my work.
"The urban natural environment creates a sharp contrast with the body. My art works show a different sort of sensuality because they are layered by a certain vulnerability of the male nude that occurs when the natural environment touches the bare skin. In all these series I explore this connection of the body to the natural environment, specific to that unique moment and person.
"Thank you so much for your support. This book is the conclusion of a period of time in the last 5 years and the opening of a new one with a new direction in my works as a photographer."
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