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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Surge in women wanting to be pictured naked in the Lake District

With temperatures not getting above zero stripping off outside may be the last thing on most people’s minds but a Cumbrian photographer has seen a surge in would-be nudes.

MS calendar photo
A scene from the calendar

Steve Yates took 12 tasteful black and white pictures of women posing in Lake District beauty spots for a charity calendar and it proved so successful he’s been approached by women wanting similar shots of themselves.

The calendar, which was launched in September, has sold more than 1,300 copies in aid of multiple sclerosis.

Steve, who runs Keswick-based Derwent Photography, said: “I’ve had lots of women who’ve seen the calendar contacting me to say they would like to have a classic, tasteful photograph of themselves at their own favourite Lake District location so they can hang it framed on the wall at their home.

“I’ve actually photographed three already at Barrow Fell near Braithwaite, another at Borrowdale and one at St John’s-in-the-Vale.

“Some of the women have said they’ve watched Gok Wan’s How To Look Good Naked programme on TV and they want to replicate the final naked photoshoot from that but at their own favourite Cumbrian location.”

Sales of the calendar, called Moving Mountains for MS, aim to raise £20,000.

Three of the women who posed for it – Carrie Burbush, Catherine Howe and Jenny Calvert – are sufferers. It was Carrie’s mother Sue Hope, who also features in the calendar, who came up with the idea.

The calendars can be bought on line on www.moving-mountains.co.uk or at outlets in the Keswick, Penrith and Cockermouth areas. It will also be on sale at Keswick’s Christmas Fair tomorrow.

The calendar has the backing of the MS Society and has been supported by TV celebrities Julia Bradbury and Lorraine Kelly.

Steve has set up a website with information for people wanting to book their own nude photographs at www.theartnude.co.uk. It will go live at the end of next week.

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