Few things are as charged as nudity and few things stir up as many emotions and prejudices as nudity, but maybe that's not so strange either? History repeats itself and above all women are exploited, in the worst case raped or end up in situations that are not very good. Usually the reason is men, but you can read more about that in my old blog post here! The old days If we look historically at nudity, it has always fascinated man. Everything from cave paintings to works of art depict the human body. Why is unclear, but of course it may have to do with the fact that we humans usually look to each other and think we are beautiful to look at. What do I know? When I was growing up, naked was perhaps not something you talk about very openly, but at the same time it did not feel strange and unnatural. Then there was the "Swedish sin", that we were liberated and outspoken. Then you showered after the gym and women could sunbathe topless, breastfeed their children in public and ignore shaving to be accepted on the beach and in movies you saw both children and adults in a more natural way and it was no wonder and above all nothing sexual in it. I guess there were some who took advantage of the situation and misbehaved, but there are always. Social Media But then something happened. Maybe it was the mobile phone and all the social media, demands and beauty ideals that bombard us? Maybe it was because of the men who can not set boundaries and who can not distinguish between right and wrong? When I started photographing, the web was new. It was exciting and easy to meet new people exchanging opinions, thoughts and experiences. I already felt then that the media and a whole bunch of photographers used Photoshop completely wrong and that they only showed one kind of woman and man. It was the busty woman with lace lingerie, operated on breasts, puffy lips and blonde hair. Without body hair and with the skin like a peach. Without birthmarks and structure in the skin. The men were portrayed as elite athletes with six packs, muscles, tanned skin, three-day stubble and a sucking intense gaze. I immediately felt that it was wrong. Where were all the normal and natural people? My sessions are taking shape I created my image idea Human Nature where the purpose was to show completely natural people, without makeup, surgeries and retouching in its proper element nature. At that time in the early 2000s, the interest was great and there was a great demand to participate. Several had noticed the same thing as me and wanted to show that the natural is good and is actually more right. I and several others with me wanted to be an opposite pole, an alternative to the skewed, fictional image that appeared more and more in the media. I took photos and ordinary people got in touch and wanted to join. I got more and more ideas for new sessions but always with that purpose in mind. Show the natural, the true and the pure without much influence of Photoshop or other programs. I created "Women", "Rewind", "Bodylandscape" and more. I found people in wheelchairs, with low self-esteem, diagnoses and just ordinary people. I got a whole lot of positive feedback and that I did the right thing and had the right attitude. Of course, I got some nasty comments that the women were too hairy, dark under the eyes, and were not models, etc. It just gave me more fighting spirit and confirmed my theory that men can be real pigs and ruthless. The fight continues But then things start to happen. It became harder and harder to find people who wanted to be in the picture. Most people I have photographed or talked to about my thoughts and ideas fully support it and think it is good and important, but still you do not want to stand up. Maybe in the end the "other side" has won. The retouching, perfect, artificial reality is too accepted so you are not comfortable in showing what is really real? Of course, I have some brave girls and boys who still believe that it is of the utmost importance to show off their normal, natural bodies and who want to be the opposite pole I talked about in the beginning. But it is with a little sadness and sadness that I feel that it is no longer possible to carry out my sessions in the same easy way because I am convinced that they are needed. The good thing, though, is that the fight seems to have gained a different foothold. Movements like #Bodypositive, #Bodyacceptance, and #nudenotporn or #freethenipple and #stopbodyshaming are growing strong on social media. You fight for all bodies, hair, menstruation, lust, violence against women, nudity and everything between heaven and earth. You photograph yourself with your mobile (which was perhaps the one that created all the shit) and maybe my thoughts are moved home to those who care instead? I have now chosen to remove a lot of photo ideas because I feel that I do not get a hearing. This does not mean that I give up or that I have changed my mind. Rather the opposite. I am becoming more convinced that we need to see reality and the natural. Fortunately, they are online and even if they get a lot of hate and nasty comments, they are struggling. They know they are doing the right thing for what world do we want to give our future generations? A world where the ideals are invented in a computer and create mental illness and eating disorders for those who are unable to live up to it. So my tip is. Follow these people, give them support, show curiosity and love instead of prejudice and rudeness. I can highly recommend Jannica Honey and her account @whentheblackbirdsings. She has also written a nice blog post here on the page, or why not our own Stina Wolter or just one of the hash tags I wrote in the last paragraph. Conclusion So what exactly is the conclusion? I will probably always be fascinated by the human body and the man in it. Its shapes and lines, hills and valleys. I can never accept that retouched images become our reality and the ideals of our young people. It's wrong and it's dangerous to health. I will always distinguish between nudity and pornography. I will always support those who fight against skewed norms, injustices and evil people. I will always be a feminist because the alternative feels inhuman and not right towards my children. I will continue to photograph naked when I get the chance, when it feels right and when the purpose is to show something natural. My session "Human Nature" will follow me and hopefully be filled with young and old, thick and thin, different cultures and people in order to show the natural.