Naked in the Holy Land – Part Three

The Aftermath

Reaction from across the world- and inside Israel

The international reaction to Spencer Tunick‘s  idea to use nakedness to highlight the dire ecological situation of the Dead Sea, has been somewhat mixed.

But the news and photos have now been seen – or ogled at – by hundreds of millions of people, since the coverage was, literally, world wide .

As that world included China – maybe that figure is in the billions!

Media reactions have varied from serious to snide.

Some commentators dismissed the whole thing as a publicity stunt by Israel to deflect world attention from the political problems in the region, whilst others condemned it as an ego trip for Spencer Tunick himself.

The tabloids were happy to be able to splash “tits and bums” all over the front page whilst referring to them as art.

And the reaction from religious leaders was much as one would expect. You know, “fire and brimstone will rain down and punish the children of Israel as in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah” and similar crap.

Mind you, in this respect, the religious right and orthodox Jews inside Israel were also, naturally, extremely hostile, both before and after. The “desecration of the sabbath” was what got to all of them.

But I’m not sure that the reaction would have been SO different on any other day. You need to understand that these are people who believe that even the glimpse of an ankle or wrist is shocking. The women cover their natural hair, either with a wig or headscarf and the men are forbidden even to listen to the sound of a woman singing, lest they be consumed by lascivious thoughts.

To them,  the sight of the naked human body is unacceptable.

 I never quite understood the Adam and Eve thing.

Something about nudity, apples and a snake. Just one of the fairy tales upon which at least two of the three monotheistic religions are built. I don’t know about Islam.  Are the 72 virgins naked?

As an aside, I  have never understood why people – religious or otherwise- feel the need to get fully dressed in order to go to bed.

Apart from all of the other aspects of this event,  I was happy to have a rare opportunity,  in this increasingly religiously dominated country, to make a personal statement about secular values of freedom and openness.

This was, for sure , a contributory factor in my decision to apply for registration.

As one of the oldest participants ( almost THE oldest) ,  I feel proud of the fact that my body ( together with 1199 others) has created such attention. .

Until now all the shots have been long range – so only I know which one is me!

When Spencer publishes the final selection it will be interesting to see the closeups.

And I think that  there will eventually be a video published of the whole shoot, including the setting up. None of us could hide anything from the ever present cameras, even if we wanted to.

Never expected to end up naked on You Tube

– and my children and grandchildren will also be a bit surprised.

Finally, I have always claimed to be a totally non- spiritual person. I cannot say that these few hours at the Dead Sea changed my total outlook. But there was something unique and magical about floating in the sea with 1200 hundred silent souls as the sun rose over the horizon.

Truly a life influencing – if not absolutely life changing  – experience. I feel very honoured to have been selected and to be a part of that tiny, exclusive group that can say “I posed naked for Spencer Tunick” .

I will always be grateful for that opportunity – and I have crossed it off my “bucket list! “

Andyboy – Telling it as it is!

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