Andy Craddock Used Church for Erotic Photoshoot, Sued by Diocese
Photographer Andy Craddock is being sued by the Diocese of Truro for doing a photoshoot using semi-naked models inside St. Michael Penkivel Church as the backdrop.
St. Michael Penkivel is a 13th-century village church in Cornwall, western England. According to Jeremy Downing, spokesman for the Diocese of Truro, the photos are "deeply offensive" and deplored by his church for the way in which "sacred space" was profaned.
"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.
Craddock has stated he does not understand the diocese's anger, and sees his photos only as art.