I'm currently seeking subjects for a new photographic/art project, focused on the faces and stories of survivors of sexual assault/abuse.
As a survivor myself, I'm well aware of the sensitivities and emotions surrounding topics such as this, so you can rest assured there's no exploitative/commercial intent, nor would the series be compiled of promoted in any unexpected ways. For me, this project is a reaction to the politicised hostility toward survivors and their stories in recent months, and seek to capture and document a series of real faces, real emotions, with a dry honesty none could deny.
I'm sure you can appreciate that desire to do *something*... for me, it's art. For you, it'd be as simple as letting me take the right three images with a beautiful old vintage medium format film camera, while we sit with a cup of tea, and briefly swap our respective stories.
I don't care what you look like, how old you are, what gender you identify as, whether you've ever had your portrait shot before. I should point out that I am male, and would be more than happy for you to bring whomever you like along to our shoot so that you feel comfortable around a male stranger. (Spoiler: I'm actually super-nice - we'll be instant BFF's, I promise...) If you'd prefer to remain anonymous within the final project, that's more than ok, however this is all about faces, so I'd need to see yours. Also, while I'm not sure yet where the project might end up (exhibition? photobook?), I'd be committed to keeping everyone informed of any/all developments, asking for a standard release signed on the day which promises/confirms as much.
If you're even vaguely intrigued, or know someone who might be, drop me a line.
I'd love to hear your story, take your portrait, share our truths. (Yes, I'll be including my own face/story as part of this work - no more hiding in the shadows for me...)
p.s. I'll be more than happy to provide complete transparency about myself and my prior work once we're chatting - I'm a professional published fashion / portrait photographer and filmmaker (amongst other things), and able to provide plenty of character references upon request should you desire them.
do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers