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Jesse Walker says nude Egypt shoot 'not disrespectful'

A photographer who spent a night in an Egyptian prison cell after he was caught taking pictures of a nude model inside a temple claims his art wasn't disrespectful.

Belgian nude model Marisa Papen, who describes herself as a 'free-spirited and wild-hearted expressionist', travelled with Australian photographer Jesse Walker to North Africa for a shoot at some of the most famous landmarks of ancient Egypt.

The pair bribed young men patrolling temples in Giza, but were both imprisoned for creating 'porn' when four security guards spotted Papen posing naked.

The Belgian stands at the entrance of a temple in Egypt. Moments later, four security guards spotted them in Luxor, both Papen and her photographer Jesse Walker were arrested and locked up

The Belgian stands at the entrance of a temple in Egypt. Moments later, four security guards spotted them in Luxor, both Papen and her photographer Jesse Walker were arrested and locked up

'It was my fifth time over there in Egypt. So I'm very well aware of the culture over there. It's a place that I'm very close to and I feel very drawn to,' Walker told Nine.

'It's no disrespect to the Egyptian culture because I love the country so much. I do this for the love of art and I do this to get that imagery that no one else can get.

Walker said the guards mistakenly thought he was shooting pornographic material, when he was in fact creating a visual project for his Enki Eyewear company. 

'They thought we were shooting porn because they associate any nudity with porn. They said to Marisa 'why have you got dirt on your knees?' he told the publication.

Belgian nude model Marisa Papen, who describes herself as a 'free-spirited and wild-hearted expressionist', pictured here outside a temple in Egypt before she was arrested

Belgian nude model Marisa Papen, who describes herself as a 'free-spirited and wild-hearted expressionist', pictured here outside a temple in Egypt before she was arrested

Papen (pictured) said: 'The last two years I have walked wild and free in at least 50 countries. Rarely do I end up in precarious situations. Until April this year, in Egypt.'

Papen (pictured) said: 'The last two years I have walked wild and free in at least 50 countries. Rarely do I end up in precarious situations. Until April this year, in Egypt.'

Papen said: 'The last two years I have walked wild and free in at least 50 countries. Rarely do I end up in precarious situations. Until April this year, in Egypt.'

The nude photo model, from the Flanders region of Belgium, met up in Cairo with photographer Walker who flew in all the way from Australia to do the shoot.

And even though the pair said they were aware of the cultural, political and religious differences between Egypt and the West when it comes to nudity, the adventure ended differently than they both expected.

Early in their trip during the first photoshoot near the famous pyramids of Giza, the two got into trouble.

They reportedly bribed a security guard to start the photoshoot when two other men showed up.

The nude photo model, from the Flanders region of Belgium, met up in Cairo with photographer Walker who flew in all the way from Australia to do the shoot

The nude photo model, from the Flanders region of Belgium, met up in Cairo with photographer Walker who flew in all the way from Australia to do the shoot

Marisa Papen's Egyptian photo shoot;\\n\\nA nude photo model ended up in prison after she was caught doing a secret photoshoot inside one of Egypt's most ancient temples

Marisa Papen's Egyptian photo shoot;\\n\\nA nude photo model ended up in prison after she was caught doing a secret photoshoot inside one of Egypt's most ancient temples

Papen said: 'I was suddenly completely awake, like a cold shower at 5am in the morning. 

'We tried to explain them that we were making art with the highest respect for Egyptian culture, but they

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