1000 Naked in the Dead Sea

Spencer Tunick, a photographer from the United States of Jewish descent has been recognized previously by a variety of human naked photo shoot objects project with a variety of backgrounds, such as photographs of glaciers in Switzerland until the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Tunick argues that the willingness of someone taken nude pictures from a particular country indicates the level of disclosure of that country.

There is nothing wrong if he thinks so, especially if the mission to deliver a message about something or objects that require attention from the government of a country.

"In some places, this work becomes more controversial, while in some other places the project is considered as a test of freedom, openness, and respect for rights in the country," Tunick said before the shooting, as quoted from a news agency.

Once he is preparing a project in Israel with 1000 people nude photos on the shore of the Dead Sea, of course, this project received protests from Orthodox Jewish politicians and rabbis, as it is considered as the behavior of "Sodom and Gomorrah". They threatened to take legal steps to stop the Tunick’s intention, because they are harassing the local community.

Despite local protests against the controversial project is planned for this activity, the 1000 nude peoples hoping to get attention in raising public awareness of environmental conditions around the Dead Sea, known to have extreme conditions with very high salinity with no waves that we seen in ocean.

In order to run a successful project would need to find a secret location in Mineral Beach complex, which is located not far from the location of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah according to the traditions and beliefs of Jewish people and he cleverly chose the time on a Saturday, September 17, 2011, because Saturday is the Jewish holiday.

The Dead Sea is threatened dry by 2050, unless there is a massive movement to save the environment around there. Sea levels are down as deep as one meter every year and at some point, the coastline has shrunk to one kilometer out to sea, as claimed by environmental experts.

Tunick was hoping through this campaign photo shoot of the Dead Sea project received wide attention from the world as part of the environmental campaign and put it into a list of Seven Natural Wonders of the World, November 2011.

(Sources Kompas, AFP /Images Nefo Ginting, daylife and google)


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