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The Naked Muse 2012
41 Photographers and Poets Unite in Unique Charity Project
What do poetry, beautiful male poets, creative women and Type One Diabetes have in common? Answer: The Naked Muse 2012.
“...beautiful photography, astounding quality, lovely men...” (Filament Magazine)
Faced with a two year old son diagnosed with Type One Diabetes, mother, poet and Wild Women Press founder, Victoria Bennett decided to take creative action.
She has created a unique project in which 27 UK based women poets and photographers worked with 14 UK male poets who agreed to pose in a nude calendar and exhibition, exploring the male muse and female creator.
The poems feature alongside each of the 14 images in the final limited edition Naked Muse 2012 Calendar, which was recently rated in the Top 10 Calendars of 2012 by The Independent.
The Naked Muse “Unveiled” exhibition opens February in London, and features 30 limited edition nude studies of the 14 male poets featured in the Naked Muse 2012 charity calendar. All artists and designers involved have worked for free to help Victoria raise as much money as possible for JDRF.
John Siddique says, on being a Muse in the project, “It was a bit like diving in for a swim, life affords us opportunities to make things of it; this was one of those things. Either you live or don’t live, it is a choice in each moment. I found it a very rich and nourishing experience as Leonie Hampton is a real artist...For me to be looked at this way gave me so much back...To be seen, to be acknowledged is a basic human need...”