Our Reporter Was Sent to Cover a Nude Shoot at the Dead Sea. And Ended Up Naked

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Participants in the Spencer Tunick photoshoot at the Dead Sea, earlier this month.
Participants in the Spencer Tunick photoshoot at the Dead Sea, earlier this month.Credit: Daniel Tchetchik
Nir Gontarz
Nir Gontarz
Nir Gontarz
Nir Gontarz

I have no problem with my naked body. I don’t have six-pack abs, but I do have a bit of a belly. I’ve never waxed a single hair on my body. I haven’t undergone plastic (or any other) surgery. I’m not particularly handsome but not the opposite either. My body is my body, that of a 47-year-old man. I’m not proud or ashamed of it. It is what it is. I can’t see anything wrong with it. For the most part, I don’t see what some might consider flaws in other people’s bodies either. I knew all this theoretically and cognitively. However, that self-conception had never been put to the test. Sometimes I’m naked at home, or in changing rooms, but otherwise, as far as I can recall, I’ve never removed my clothes in public or in the company of strangers.

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