Nudity is the ultimate form of self-expression. It is precisely this form of expression and the struggle one has with their identity which Bert Van Pelt showcases in his poetic photography of young men. His aesthetic and minimalist photographs tell a story that every person can relate to – facing barriers that we impose on ourselves, attempting to break free of these constraints and finally re-emerging free from them. New Men presents this process of evolution, this freedom that one gradually acquires by assuming oneself completely.
The men are seen stripped of any clothing and context, leaving them exposed in both body and mind. They are caught in a still and intimate moment, quiet and internalised, restrained by the limits that they and the world have set. These limitations can be invisible, internalised and thus are represented by the controlled poses of the figures, while physical limitations manifest themselves in the form of geometric shapes, frames and threads which intertwine and overlap the figures.
Text written by David Archbold
From this project came out a book edited by www.editionsducaid.com
Website of the photographer : www.bertvanpelt.com
Instagram : bertvanpelt