Photographer plans nude photo shoot on Fountain Square during All-Star week

CINCINNATI – Families gathering to celebrate baseball may also spot more than a dozen nude models during next week's All-Star festivities.

Photographer Harvey Drouillard, who specializes in artful nude-in-public photos, is planning to break his personal record of 19 nude people in public in a single photo on Fountain Square.

And he's doing it while the city is crowded with tourists for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game.

Drouillard travels the country painstakingly organizing and quickly executing similar photo shoots at noteworthy architectural and historical sites.

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This won’t be Drouillard’s first time shooting in Cincinnati; he shot 27 people in 63 locations during Opening Day this year. He said he believed the unusual amount of enthusiasm his project garnered here – even more than his liberal hometown of Ann Arbor, Mich. – would help him break his record he set in Madison, Wisconsin 20 years ago.

Drouillard's models wait for the opportune moment to disrobe outside Esquire Theater during Opening Day.

Drouillard shoots nude models, Cassidy Jo and Georgina Opoku, just outside Esquire Theater during Opening Day.

“The second I set foot in Cincinnati, I knew I was going to break my record,” he said.

Drouillard said he still had more than 40 locations around Cincinnati that he had cased from his last trip but hadn’t shot at yet, including Fountain Square, which wasn’t available because it was undergoing work at the time.

“I could keep going in Cincinnati,” he said. “You guys have so much history, so much great architecture.”

The models disrobe for 10 to 12 seconds, and because the photos happen so quickly, Drouillard said people rarely notice that there is even a nude person there. Still, he said he is careful to watch for children in the area before proceeding with a shot. 

Cincinnati police said they are aware of Drouillard's work and would act if needed.

Before shooting, Drouillard trains his models in fast de-robing and uses a special system of hand signals to communicate when it's safe to strip.

He’ll be shooting in Cincinnati July 13, 14 and 15, he said.

Drouillard said he expected the people he worked with on his last trip in Cincinnati would come out again, and he already had interest from about a dozen new people.

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