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.
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.