A feature on nude art models: Seeing your source naked and surviving to write about it

Just wanted to share this story that ran last Sunday on the front page.

It’s about naked people.

A few months ago, via Facebook, a man I didn’t know messaged me on Facebook about doing a story on nude models. I kind of giggled.

Let’s be real. Nudity is hilarious, and I can — at times — be the most immature human on the planet.

That man, John Hammack, invited me into an art class at the Art Insitute of York Pennsylvania, where he would stand as a human still life for beginning artists to draw.

I started to think: Maybe there’s an interesting feature here.

Who are these people that do this?

Why the heck would you do this?

What value does anyone get from this?

And … the biggest question … what does it pay?

I went to the class, interviewed the teacher, some other models, and Hammack himself for about an hour.

Then, something happened that rarely (and really shouldn’t ever) happen in journalism.

I saw my source naked.

Yep.

At first, I was all “OH EM GEE.”

Later, I managed to pull everything together in a mature manner that sort of gives you insight into this practice that’s been going on for hundreds of years and the value it continues to bring to the classroom.

Enjoy.

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One response to “A feature on nude art models: Seeing your source naked and surviving to write about it

  1. Pingback: A year in review: Thirteen things I learned in 2013 | BY LAUREN BOYER

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