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February 27, 2009

They're a nude singing sensation

Geelong Advertiser (Australia)

Photographic artist Petal O'Dell will strive to find a new harmony for her singing friends when she features them nude in a money-raising calendar. O'Dell specialises in blending naked female forms with landscapes and her challenge will be to fuse the bodies of Geelong Harmony Chorus members with scenes from Geelong and the Bellarine.

The singers hope sales of the calendars from August will help raise $3000 so they can buy new tiered risers for standing on when they perform.

O'Dell has sung for 12 years and with the Geelong a cappella harmony chorus for one year. Her passion of 35 years is photography. She has exhibited her work in Geelong and Melbourne and nurtured the idea for the calendar with chorus musical director Lucy Jones.

The proposal met initial reluctance but now 29 of the 35 women in the chorus aged from early 20s to early 80s have volunteered to be photographed. "They're so brave, I'm so proud of them," O'Dell said.

"When you mention to any women about posing naked they say 'no way', but when I explained it wouldn't be disrespectful to them as women and took in images they were more at ease."

Ms Jones said the transformation in attitude had been remarkable. "There were mixed feelings about it and initially a few people thought it was a joke," Ms Jones said. "There was some hesitation but it's been incredible the more people have talked about it and the more they've seen Petal's work everyone has really turned around.

"I think it's a kind of celebration of diversity. I imagine Petal saw a great diversity of shapes, because for these women their common bond is singing but they all come from different backgrounds. "I think Petal might be drawn to that and will get a huge palate of shapes."

Posted by acapnews at February 27, 2009 12:00 AM


Not "disrespectful to them as women?" They are trading their dignity for risers.

Posted by: Nathan at February 27, 2009 6:25 AM

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