Egyptian authorities have launched an investigation after a video emerged showing two vacationers scaling the world-famous Great Pyramid and posing for nude and sexual photos at the summit.
Danish photographer Andreas Hvid posted a video revealing himself and a female on top of the Wonderful Pyramid of Giza near Cairo as night descends over the city. The woman-whose face is pixelated-can be seen removing her shirt and exposing her bra.
Other images show both posing as if they were having sex, The Guardian reported. The movie and graphics have sparked outrage in Egypt, Denmark and further afield, with lots of feeling the stunt was culturally and religiously insensitive.
Hvid told that the Danish tabloid newspaper Ekstrabladet the group entered the pyramid
website in the end of November. He clarified he had contacted multiple girls in Denmark in the hope that one would accompany him to get the photo shoot.
“Fortunately one had the chance to come to Cairo at short notice,” he explained.The two tourists waited in the pyramid complex till it was less active, and then began their 460-foot climb.
Hvid said it took them around 25 minutes to reach the summit. From the YouTube post featuring the movie, Hvid explained,”Fearing to be spotted from many guards, I did not film the many hours of sneaking around in the Giza Plateau, which lead up to the climb.”
“A euphoric feeling struck us both when we reached the top,” he explained. “It was the culmination of a lot of work and many chances taken.”
Though some pictures seem to show the couple having sex near the peak of the 4,500-year-old structure with the night lights of Cairo sprawled behind them, Hvid stated they
were simply posing for photographs. “We didn’t have sex and we never had it,” he explained.
According to the BBC, Hvid was upset by the criticism he’s received. “I’m sad that so many people have come to be so mad,” he noticed. “But I have also received a favorable
response from a lot of Egyptians-something I believe is worth remembering.”
Hvid’s Instagram page shows many other posts of sexual scenes and naked models placed against city skylines, forests and derelict urban legends.