Løber Nøgen, a group of 6 photographers (including Future Shipwreck fave Flemming Ove Bech) whose name means “Running Naked” in Danish, have certainly chosen an apt descriptor for their collective work. Not that they let it limit their range of subject matter. They also bike naked, climb trees naked, and hoist each other up naked in a manner evocative of both childhood games of “light as a feather, stiff as a board” and, somehow, the Iwo Jima Memorial. Good times!
According to their mission statement, “The overall idea is to explore what the six founding members essentially have in common. Personal styles and boundaries are annulled and vanity is left behind in a childlike attempt to lose one self.” This deliberate self-effacement along with the photos’ doing-stuff-for-the-fuck-of-it-style content provide a lot of space for the viewer to read into it what they will. Any great admirer of the male nude, myself included (insert whatever would be the opposite of “no homo” here), will find lots to enjoy as will those who like to wax nostalgic about bygone days of youthful innocence. Whatever conclusion is ultimately reached, the viewer has to do some of the legwork too.