Earlier this week, a photographer made headlines after he shared a photo of himself and a woman appearing to have sex on top of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
On December 8, Danish photographer Andreas Hvid posted a video to YouTube documenting his and his accomplice’s ascension of the pyramid. The video also showed the pair smoking together, and removing clothes while there.
At the same time, Andreas shared a photo on his website which appeared to show the pair having sex on top of the pyramid.
You can check out his video here:
Along with the video, Andreas wrote:
In late November 2018, a friend and I climbed the Great Pyramid of Giza (a.k.a. Pyramid of Khufu, Pyramid of Cheops).
Fearing to be spotted by the many guards, I did not film the several hours of sneaking around at the Giza Plateau, which lead up to the climb.
Authorities in Egypt are now investigating the incident, after the photo and video were reported to the Prosecutor General by the minister for antiquities, according to Ahram Online.
Hvid has not been arrested as of yet, though it is unclear what punishment he could face if he is. In Egyptian law, people found guilty of performing indecent acts in public can face up to a year in prison and monetary fines, as Euronews reports.
Andreas has now spoken about his controversial photography, and revealed that he and his partner in the photo were not actually having sex, but merely posing.
Speaking to Ekstra Bladet, the photographer said (translated):
It’s a set ‘shoot’. We did not have sex and we never had it. It’s only the second time I’ve been naked on one of my pictures.
Speaking about the shoot itself, he said:
A euphoric feeling struck us both when we reached the top. It was the culmination of a lot of work and many chances taken.
For this ‘shoot’ I chose to go all in with model, as it was nevertheless a great job just to get up on the pyramid, which is by far one of the most magical locations I have ever visited.
‘Pyramid f*ck’ was the dumbest idea I could get on. Western, privileged youth at its worst. All that is missing is a joint and a bottle of vodka.
According to his Instagram, the young, privileged Westerner describes what he does as ‘Urban Exploration, Nude Art, Travel Stuff’.
Speaking about how he planned the shoot, Andreas said:
I was obsessed with getting the project to succeed so I contacted some girls in Denmark, who I thought would be interested in making the pyramid picture. There were several who thought it was a fun idea. And luckily one who had the opportunity to come to Cairo at short notice.
Andreas explained how they prepared a route, and hid inside one of the temples for about half an hour while other tourists left the area. The climb to the top of the pyramid then took them about 25 minutes.
He added, however, that he will probably not go back to Egypt, as he doesn’t want to risk being sentenced. He has also planned his next ‘nude shoot’, but will not disclose where it will be.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.