Matt Hamon spent 10 days in August as naked as the subjects of his photographs.
Nudity is a requirement at the community in Toronto, Canada, where he’d been accepted for an arts residency called Naked State. The program placed him at Bare Oaks Family Park, which identifies itself as naturist, a different philosophy than nudism. Its followers believe in the physical, spiritual and environmental benefits of life unclothed.
The residency required some adjustment for him. While some naturist groups are “clothing optional,” Bare Oaks is not. When Hamon arrived, he had to shed all his garments and head to the co-ed dorm after arriving on a late-night flight. He woke the next day among people who dine, work and recreate uncovered.