Erica Simone self-photo naked for "Nue York: Self-Portraits of a Bare Urban Citizen"

One US artist, Andy Warhol once said, "Art is anything you can get away with." The beautiful Erica Simone is for sure taking it literally. She took 20 photos of herself nude in public and she got away with it--and thus, she has created a form of art uniquely her own. She will feature her 20 shots--check some of them here!--as part of her new exhibit Nue York: Self-Portraits of a Bare Urban Citizen, which opens next month at the Dash Gallery in Tribeca. Her remarks that 'It's crazy that it's illegal to be naked' can be imagined to be an immediate classic & repeated quote by nudists. Or by other photographers who would want to take their own self-photos naked. Heh.

A Parisian-born shutterbug who likes to flash her camera has turned daily routines in the Naked City into works of art. Photographer Erica Simone, 25, has gone au naturel in a series of self-portraits taken around New York.


In them, she rides the subway, checks out library books and shovels the snow on the sidewalk outside her apartment - all in the buff. The 20 shots are part of Simone's new exhibit "Nue York: Self-Portraits of a Bare Urban Citizen," which opens next month at the Dash Gallery in Tribeca.


The inspiration for the photos came to Simone during Fashion Week two years ago. "I was sitting around thinking about fashion and what would we be if we were naked and what if we didn't have fashion to show who we were, our status, how much money we had, all these things," she told the Daily News.


"Then I got the photographic idea of shooting people naked in the street, but just doing regular things, not especially posing, or being naked, but doing whatever."


MORE SELF-PORTRAITS FROM ARTIST ERICA SIMONE


She drew on the work of Miru Kim, a New York-based artist known for taking self-portraits in barren industrial spaces.


Simone was also intrigued by the challenge of staging the shots - which she took using a remote sensor - and stripping down to her birthday suit. "At first it was like, 'Can I really do this?'" Simone said. "I was into the idea, but I didn't totally have the [nerve] to do it - I'm not totally an exhibitionist."


She landed five usable images on her first day of shooting in the West Village. "And I didn't get arrested," she said. Simone wants to draw people to the playfulness of the shots. "It's not about sex, it's silly," she said. "It's crazy that it's illegal to be naked."


New Yorkers shown the photos bared their admiration for Simone having the courage to take off her clothes in public. "I don't have the guts to do it," said Megan Clausen, a 25-year-old architect from Philadelphia. Her, co-worker, Darcy Wilkins, 29, agreed. "I'd go see it," she said. "I always ask my cat, 'Why can't I walk around naked?'"

From NY Daily News, "Parisian-born photographer Erica Simone lays bare everyday activities in nude works of art".

Photographers are often said to bare their souls through their pictures.


But Parisian Erica Simone has taken this to the next level by literally laying herself bare - she has photographed herself in nothing but her birthday suit on the streets of New York.


The 25-year-old has turned doing daily routines in the city to works of art simply by removing her clothes. And Miss Simone made the daring decision to step out from behind the camera and go au naturel in a series of self-portraits taken in and around the Big Apple.


Speaking to MailOnline she said: 'At first it was like, "Can I really do this?" I was into the idea, but I didn't totally have the [nerve] to do it - I'm not totally an exhibitionist. 'But I managed to do it on my first day of shooting in the West Village and I didn't even get arrested. 'I think that was just a combination of good timing and luck, and it is not as if I just spent the whole day walking around naked. I was fully clothed until I was ready to take the shot.' 'It's not about sex. It's crazy that it's illegal to be naked. The whole process was really liberating and it made me feel freer and more comfortable in my own skin and not be ashamed of my body.'


In the pictures, she rides the subway, checks out library books and shovels the snow on the sidewalk outside her apartment - all in the nude. The 20 shots are part of Simone's new exhibit Nue York: Self-Portraits of a Bare Urban Citizen, which opens next month at the Dash Gallery in Tribeca.


Miss Simone said the inspiration for the exhibition came to her during Fashion Week two years ago.


She said: 'I was sitting around thinking about fashion and what would we be if we were naked and what if we didn't have fashion to show who we were, our status, how much money we had, all these things. 'Then I got the photographic idea of shooting people naked in the street, but just doing regular things, not especially posing, or being naked, but doing whatever.'


The pretty 25-year-old said she was not sure if she herself could go through with it but was intrigued by the challenge of staging the shots - which she took using a remote sensor - and stripping down to her birthday suit. She said the general public were very accepting of her nudity and she did not have any bad experiences while doing it. 'Most people were laughing, smiling or applauding and cheering. They seemed OK with it,' she said.


'The most challenging one was on the subway. I had to ride the whole way from West 14th Street to the end of the line to get the right shot. 'The only person I told was the guy next to me as he had to hold my coat. But by the time some people even found out about it, I was clothed again.'


Miss Simone also said she has come a long way from the first shot to where she is now. 'The first few times I was so nervous and I guess innocent about everything, and yeah it was scary a bit as well,' she said. 'But now I don't care about being naked. I am more concerned about getting the shot right rather than worrying about being naked or what people in the streets are thinking.'

From Mail Online, "Naked ambition: Photographer lays herself bare in nude poses on the streets of NYC".

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