Leon Schröder (12) is busy with it. After photographing Rotterdammers naked for a graduation project, he now chooses his own city. He is looking for 250 Hague residents who want to show what they look like under their clothes.
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Leon is a photographer and photographs people of all ages naked. He wants to use the photos to change the self-image that people have. “I want to show ‘normal’ bodies”.
From gym teacher to photographer
Leon was born in the Statenkwartier and later lived in Leidschendam, but now he works from his photo studio in Binckhorst in The Hague on his project Naked Den Haag. “I’ve been working for such a years as a photographer, but before that I was a gym teacher,” Leon says. “Because at a certain point I had to retrain in Computer Science, I ended up in photography.”
“I start as a hobby by taking pictures of a hobby of mine, rugby. And from sports photography that went on to model photography.”
Leon started studying photography to learn the tricks of the trade. “That turned out to be a master’s degree in England. Once a week I flew to England while I was working at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Quite spicy, but later the lessons continued remotely.
For my graduation I was inspired by nude photography by Greg Friedler. He did a ‘naked’ series in several American cities. I wanted to do that in the Netherlands and I contacted his family (he had passed away in the meantime), they were very enthusiastic and were even present at the presentation of my first book of the Naked series.”