Ewoud Broeksma | Rick, showing Muscles
photograph, 2012

The Italian song “Gente di mare” by Tozzi & Raff (1987) inspired photographer Ewoud Broeksma to regularly portray guys near the seaside, at the beach. Whether visitors, lifesavers, sportsmen (inevitably) or just bathers. Nostalgia and an unspoiled youth stand for the wide open space that the beach on at least one side usually offers. An open space for dreams, and the promise of undiscovered horizons and freedom.