A photographer who has spent years posing for nude portraits in and around New York City is set to publish a book of her images in order to encourage other people to embrace their 'primary state of being'.
Erica Simone, 29, a Parisian living in New York, has been taking naked photographs of herself completing everyday tasks for the past five years, amassing dozens of striking images which she now hopes to turn into a book. 'Nue York: Self-Portraits of a Bare Urban Citizen bloomed from an initial questioning about clothing and the importance of fashion in modern society,' Ms Simone explains on her book's online fundraising page.
'What we wear acts as a silent language allowing us to portray who we are or want to be, suggesting to the outer world an impression on us - whatever that may be.' Having spent years working on the images, some of which were the subject of an exhibition at the Dash Gallery in Tribeca, in 2011, Ms Simone is now focused on bringing her nude portraits to a whole new audience by publishing them in a book.
Ms Simone is hoping to raise $10,000 in order to fund the publication of the hardback, which she adds will 'humorously poke at some interesting thoughts about society and question who we are and embody as human beings'. Thus far, the French-born photographer has amassed almost $6,500 from donors - and still has another 30 days left before her online fundraiser closes.
The book will showcase a variety of Ms Simone's best images, all of which capture the photographer in a variety of day-to-day locations; in one image she can be seen clambering out of a yellow cab, while in another she is riding on the back of a motorcycle while cruising along the city's streets.