Recently I came across the Swiss photographer, Dan Cermak, and his latest book titled, “I’ve always wanted to do this”.  The photographs are of nude subjects in their own home, and the project began in 2009 when he put an ad in the paper asking for models to pose nude in their homes.  When he asked his models why they agreed, most replied with, “I’ve always wanted to do this.”  There is a range from portrait to snapshot and he captures both intimacy and humor.  In his own words, taken from an interview with Dazed, Cermak remarks, “First I am interested in human beings. To find out, the purest form of a human being is nudity. You are born without any clothes on and when you die your body will transform into nature again.”  I like that he approaches both female and male nude subjects in a similar manner. He even says that the project brought up questions of the difference between photographing male and female nudes for himself as a male photographer.  I always appreciate an artist who can take a step back and look into his process.  I also find it fascinating having posed for painters and photographers (mostly friends), often in my own home.  Below are some images I really connect with. You can see more here.

Dan Cermak "I've always wanted to do this"

Dan Cermak "I've always wanted to do this"

Dan Cermak "I've always wanted to do this"

Dan Cermak "I've always wanted to do this"

Dan Cermak "I've always wanted to do this"

Dan Cermak "I've always wanted to do this"

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