Friday, January 28, 2011

Adventurous duo fined for nude photo shoot in Bavarian church

After holding an impromptu nude photo shoot inside a Bavarian church and attempting to invoke Michelangelo, a woman and man now face stiff penalties for disturbing the practice of religion.

The Memmingen district court on Thursday fined the 46-year-old unemployed woman and 40-year-old metal-worker €900 and €1,800, respectively, for the nude photo shoot they held in the Ottobeuren Basilica in December 2009.

The incident occurred after the defendants, who had met in an internet sex-forum, moved a photo shoot from the woods to the nearby baroque basilica of the Ottobeuren Abbey because the weather was “too cold” for the scantily-clad pair, local daily Allgäu Rundschau reported.

“The basilica was empty at the time. We didn’t have the impression we were disturbing anyone,” said the male defendant, an amateur photographer who took 37 photos of the nude woman in what the court termed “suggestive poses.”

The pair later posted the photos under their profiles on the internet forum where they met.

Police began investigating them after receiving an anonymous letter from a “faithful Catholic” who “happened upon” the online photos and took offence at their setting in a church, the paper reported.

“We didn’t consider the consequences of our actions,” said the female defendant. “The photos were meant for private use.”

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20110128-32721.html


Source photo: Wikipedia commons / http://www.thelocal.de/society/20110128-32721.html

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