The photographic portrait series It’s Just Sex is due to be published in 2019. This first edition will consist of 1, 000 hardback coffee-table copies containing over 100 colour images of ‘queer’ nudes. My aim with these powerful portraits is to depict qualities such as vulnerability, intimacy but, above all, beauty in all its diversity.
The book is the result of a photographic documentary project conducted between 2013 and 2018 in Germany, Sweden, Australia and the USA. The portraits show bodies that deviate in various ways from prevalent norms regarding sexuality and gender and invite us to critically re-examine heteronormativity and prevailing assumptions about sexuality.
The models fall within the category 'queer' in its broadest sense and include people who identify as homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, transperson, non-binary, intersex, fetishist, pornographer, sex worker, BDSM practitioner, polyamorous and a myriad other more or less recognised identities.
However, these classifications do not cover all varieties of experience or selfhood, and some people continue to feel they do not fit.
Being seen, heard and acknowledged are prerequisites for the honouring of a person’s basic human rights. Activists continue to work for greater acceptance and inclusion of LGBTQ+ people. Further, although much has been achieved in terms of legislation, family planning, access to health services and the right to state protection, many continue to feel unsafe in public spaces. They may also fear that 'coming out' will lead to recrimination from family, jeopardise their career ambitions or even result in criminalisation or violence. It is therefore important to continue considering who remains marginalised or silenced and why.
This book is an acknowledgement and honouring to all those who have struggled for greater appreciation and respect for the rich spectrum of human sexuality.
By supporting this project, you will be contributing to the production of a visual collection of impressive identities. I trust that others may see aspects of themselves in it and feel a sense of recognition and that this will uplift and empower anyone who may have felt alone or rejected because of their difference.
If you’d like to make a donation or share this project I would be incredibly grateful!
Risks and challenges
I am still looking for a publishing company to distribute and market the book.
Alternatively I will publish the book independently.
Printing costs for an edition of 1 000 books will be 130 000 SEK (€12 500 / $14 000).
I have received 70 000 SEK (€6 700 / $7 600) in funding from Swedish arts foundations and stipends which would cover a major part of the expenses.
With the 40 000 SEK (€3 900 / $4 400 USD) from Kickstarter and 20 000 SEK (€1 900 / $2 200) from my own savings this book will be in print by late spring of 2019.
- (35 days)