Erotic photoshoot snapped at English village church



LONDON, August 1, 2009 (AFP) - A photographer who used a 13th century village church in England for an erotic photoshoot has caused uproar in the local diocese, which has decided to sue him, he said on Saturday.
Andy Craddock snapped photos of semi-naked models inside St Michael Penkivel Church in Cornwall, western England, before publishing them on his website and sparking the wrath of the Diocese of Truro.



Erotic photoshoot snapped at English village church
"All I know is I'm being threatened with legal action," said Craddock.
"I don't understand it and I don't see the photographs as offensive, it's art."
Jeremy Downing, a spokesman for the Diocese of Truro, confirmed legal action was being taken and labelled the photos "deeply offensive".
"The Church deplores the use of sacred space in this way," he said.
"The pictures would be deeply offensive to people who view the place for regular worship. That's not what these buildings are intended for and he is deliberately taking advantage of the situation.
"Whether he's gone in there legally or illegally he is using the setting for an entirely improper purpose," Downing said.
"By anyone's reasonable standards of decency this is beyond the pale."
St Michael Penkivel was used in the 2005 British black comedy film "Keeping Mum" about a serial-killer in a quiet village, starring Rowan Atkinson.
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Saturday, August 1st 2009
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