Nude pyra­mid snappa meant ‘no dis­re­spect’

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A PHO­TOG­RA­PHER who was ar­rested with a model on a nude shoot in an an­cient Egyp­tian tem­ple says they meant no dis­re­spect to the lo­cal cul­ture.

Jesse Walker, from Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, and Bel­gian model Marisa Papen were quizzed for hours and spent the night in a jail cell in Luxor, south­ern Egypt, af­ter they were nicked by a tem­ple guard.

Pho­to­graphs from the shoot – taken for Walker’s firm Enki Eye­wear and Papen’s per­sonal blog – were pub­lished this week.

The im­ages show Papen, a well- known nude model, pos­ing com­pletely naked on the grounds of the Luxor tem­ple and in Cairo with the pyra­mids as a back­drop.

The pics have drawn con­dem­na­tion from Egyp­tians ac­cus­ing them of dis­re­spect­ing their Is­lamic cul­ture.

But Walker said the im­ages were art and not the porn they had been mis­taken for.

He said: “It was my fifth time in Egypt. So I’m very well aware of the cul­ture. It’s a place that I’m close to and I feel very drawn to.

“It’s no dis­re­spect to the Egyp­tian cul­ture. I love the coun­try. I do this for the love of art.”

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