Milk Magazine (English) - - CONTENTS - by Isis-Colombe Com­bréas

The long­est days have come round again, so may I sug­gest a new no­madic at­ti­tude for the con­tem­po­rary era… It’s time to set off au na­turel with the ex­tended fam­ily, but with a lot less bag­gage, for the An­dean Moun­tains, the Isla Hol­box in Mex­ico, Pan­tel­le­ria in Italy or Got­land in Swe­den… That’s pre­cisely where we are on the cover, in Val­le­viken, a ham­let on the Baltic Sea, not far from the is­land of Fårö, where the great film-maker Ing­mar Bergman once took refuge and where the iconic char­ac­ter Pippi Long­stock­ing used to roam about and play.

This mag­nif­i­cent fam­ily por­trait taken by Elis­a­beth Toll sheds light on a po­ten­tial sum­mer at­ti­tude: nu­dity. Prac­tised by the whole fam­ily for a priv­i­leged mo­ment, this naked­ness nev­er­the­less re­mains modest. It is not a way of mak­ing a state­ment. Th­ese are Swedish peo­ple to whom nu­dity comes nat­u­rally. Since the child is still very young, mod­esty has yet to be­come part of his social be­hav­iour. Be­cause they are go­ing to bathe in this com­pletely iso­lated place…

I was moved by this photo be­cause it por­trays the very essence of fam­ily: feel­ing at ease.

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