They bared it all for good cause.
The crowd of approximately 2,500 people stripped down to their birthday suits to sound the alarm on the importance of skin cancer checks.
Photographer Spencer Tunick, who is known for his nude group shots in public places, took the snaps Saturday morning on Sydney’s Bondi Beach.
“We have an opportunity to raise awareness about skin checks and I’m honored … to come here, make my art and just celebrate the body and protection,” said Tunick, who stood atop a cherry picker and used a megaphone to guide the participants into position for the shots.
The New York-based shutterbug partnered with the Australian charity Skin Check Champions for the project, as part of National Skin Cancer Action Week.
They hope to shed light on the dangers of melanoma, which is Australia’s fourth most common cancer.
Their federal government estimates that 17,756 new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the country this year alone, and 1,281 Aussies will die from the disease.
Participant Robyn Lindner experienced some trepidation on the eve of the public stripping event.
“I was secretly terrified (and) last night I have to confess I was thinking, ‘What have I done?’” she said. “But it was great, everyone was a really good vibe, everyone was really respectful and it just felt really fun.”
This was the largest crowd that New York Tunick has organized since 2016, and the second he has brought together in Sydney.
In 2010, he captured a throng of 5,000 on the steps of the Sydney Opera House as part of the city’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebration.
“We gathered in nothing but our skin, watching the first rays of light creep over the horizon of Bondi Beach, standing with respectful strength, honouring all those who’ve been killed or done battle with our ‘national cancer’, knowing that we will be the generation to stop it,” the photog wrote on Instagram while sharing a video of the occasion.
With Post Wire Services