1,500 Venezuelans Pose Nude in Public
Citizens Take It Off for American Photographer
CARACAS, Venezuela (March 20) - More than 1,500 Venezuelans shed their clothes on a main city avenue Sunday to pose for American photographer Spencer Tunick, forming a human mosaic in front of a national symbol: a statue of independence hero Simon Bolivar.
I know. It's art. And, a knuckle-dragging oaf such as myself shouldn't be thinking about complicated things like aesthetics and whatnots. But, you have to admit, it would be pretty dang cool stepping off an airplane in Venezuela with your camera in hand and saying something like, "I need 1,500 of your people to get naked for me right now!" And, they agree.
I'm pretty sure if I showed up with my little cardboard disposable camera and said something like that, I think the good folks of Venezuela would put me on the first flight out of their country.
So, is it that I simply need a fancier camera? Do I start with one naked person and work my way up to the thousands? How does a photographer achieve such power so as to get this many people to willingly do something which they would probably never think of doing?