After four years, a second volume of “Dubbelaars/Doubles” has been published by gallery MooiMan, a 108 page, deluxe photo book in which photographer Ewoud Broeksma (1957) has fifty-three men pose dressed and naked in exactly the same position.
Often, Broeksma’s models are athletes who have no scruples showing their trained body both dressed and naked. He’s known for regularly getting athletes in front of the camera. However, most models in “Dubbelaars/Doubles II” are not sports aces, but there are exceptions, for instance Sjinkie Knegt. Short-tracker Knegt was born in 1989 and made his debut on the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2010 with the first ever short-track medal for the Netherlands on the 1K: bronze. In 2014, he also became world champion in relay and won the individual world title in 2015.
According to Broeksma, using only athletes would not give an honest impression of how the “average man” dresses and looks like without clothes. The models in the book are designated by sport, profession or age. There is a large diversity in length and width, and the men vary in age from young to old. The willingness to strip has nothing to do with this diversity. It is the result of the interaction between photographer and model, which eventually led to the choice of posture, possibly in combination with some attributes. This way, the model is presented in the best possible way.
In the book, the models do not to have issues with showing themselves naked, but one should not forget that not everyone who was asked for the project was willing to participate. Apparently, there is still a sense of shame in showing yourself in the nude, in spite of the fact that it is not about the nudity of the models, but about the question whether “the tailor makes the man” or not.
The question “what lies beneath the clothes?” is answered, but it also raises questions because expectations may differ from what reality reveals. It’s up to the viewer to judge whether we are just as much man dressed or naked, and vice-versa.