December 5, 2019

Are we really being intimate?

Joel Dixon, 29

Taking queue from my own early prejudices and experiences, intimate same-sex relationships can be viewed through a narrow and salacious lens. I want to challenge preconceived ideas of what these relationships may look like, and propose a different visual language through which intimacy can be seen and understood. Throughout this project I have used the artists studio as a safe space for personal expression, empowering individuals to engage with their own bodies in a way that bypasses the usual social standards and overt sexualisation of the nude male body. In a world where you can order a take away as quickly as you can swipe for a hook up (all of the models for this project were found using online dating apps – the only criteria for taking part was a willingness to do so), these images ask that we slow down and take a closer look at what it means to be close to someone. The performance of intimacy can be choreographed so effortlessly online, but the underlying question here is: what does it truly mean to connect, to be visible and to make yourself vulnerable?

mutely and hidden from others reaching myself / I have to make clear something that’s almost erased and that I can hardly see, Photography