The pre-publishing campaign of my book “I am (n)u(e)rban” is going on. We are going on and on and on … I am happy to see that already 59 of you are of the opinion that the project deserves to be supported. GREAT … keep on your support! All who are not sure so far … I would be really happy to welcome you on board!
Now to the second part of my Paris story:
As promised in my first Paris post I tell you today the story today about my most obscure contact with the security I ever had.
Well, it happens last year in August when Matt and me were in Paris to get some nice pics for my nude urban project, that we made unwelcome acquaintance with the French security authorities.
Unlike the most shootings I wasn’t nude. I was wearing a transparent black dress.
One hour after we finalized the first pics – near to Eiffel Tower – suddenly 2 officers from the police asked us to come with them to their station (it was a small station in the ground of an edge of Eiffel Tower). It turned out, that they heard from a military patrol that they have seen a woman wearing a transparent dress with nothing underneath. – so what?
No problem we thought, because it’s easy to explain what we are doing here and so I told the police that I was wearing the transparent dress for a photo shooting. And to wear such a dress was certainly nothing for what it’s justified to enforce a fine or even more badly a punishment. Normally one or maximum two policeman should be enough to make this clarifications with us – there was absolute no danger for anybody. I mean, I was wearing a transparent dress, where should I hide something dangerous?!
But what’s going on in this small police station during the next 30 minutes was absolutely crazy, never happened before and never seen after! Gradually more and more policeman, – woman and even soldiers came into the police station. There came at least 5 or 6 policemen, 1 policewoman and 4 soldiers with terrifying weapons in their hands. I think there were no more police or military patrol on the place direct under the Eiffel Tower anymore. At the end even 2 Romanian foreign police officers were joining (guess they were on an exchange program). This was by far the most obscure scene I ever had during a shooting, no … moreover I would say ever! If somebody wants to fire a bomb on one of the most visited places on Earth, this was the right moment. It seems that a small redhead, clearly shown unarmed under her sheer dress was so dangerous that it needs about 13 security persons to secure. And they start to absolutely talk at us that we have to admit otherwise they will bring me to jail for 24 hours. We really didn’t know what to admit! The police woman than starts to speak loud in French to me and although I speak a little bit French I couldn’t understand her, too fast and too loud she spoke to me and I am sure it was “very nice” what she said. In parallel one police officer did some phone calls – guess he was calling his chief or someone from the prosecution.
About 30 minutes later, as suddenly as we came in this scary situation as suddenly they told us we can go. Nothing more about a fine or that I should admit … just “ok, you can go”. I am sure the one at the other end of the phone-line explained them, that there is nothing for what they could prosecute me.
My friends , you can imagine how scared I was about what happens when we leave the police station. It was nearly impossible to continue the photo shooting on this day and I am sure we would have now much more especially nude pics from Paris if this wouldn’t happened to us. They never apologize, not when they told us that we can go nor after I complaint about what happened later in an email to Paris Police. But however also this couldn’t stopp my peaceful nude urban project!
Until today or even more today it’s absolutely absurd and unclear for me, what all these police and military wants to secure. Isn’t it the wrong approach to protect the mainstream against one of the most peaceful things on earth but give in the same moment all the thieves and thimblerigger around (and there are a really big amount of them on this place) the chance to do their business undisturbed?!