A series of photos starring a female model wearing little to no clothing at Beijing’s historic Forbidden City has lit up social media, much to the photographer’s delight we’re sure.
A viral image of the panty-less woman straddling the head of an ancient marble dragon at the formal imperial palace did not go over well with many Chinese web users. Neither did the picture of the model flashing her bare ass at the camera as she leaned over some stone handrails to enjoy a view of the iconic site.
“I was only doing my work and did not affect anyone,” photographer Wang Dong reportedly said after web users accused him of ‘profaning’ cultural relics.
Palace Museum officials haven’t yet commented on the seXXXy photo shoot, but a tourism expert cited in an SCMP report suggested that Wang would’ve been much better off taking the photos when the museum was closed to the public (and when young children weren’t there to catch a surprise glance up the woman’s not-so-forbidden nether regions).
Of course, this isn’t the first time web users have gotten worked up over people using China’s illustrious scenery as a backdrop for their nudie pics. Naked wedding photos taken by a couple at a Hunan scenic spot in December became something of a cause celebre after netizens called the Avatar-inspired shoot “immoral” and “distasteful”.
The uncensored photos and more of the artist’s work can be found here.
[Images via Weibo]