The rights of the LGBTQ community are expanding everyday; the progress is inspiring. France just legalized gay marriage, Prop 8 was repealed, DOMA was struck down and we have the world’s attention – be it positive or negative. This is an incredibly inspirational movement that is happening and I am proposing a creative project to provide a visual identity for said movement. Ambitious? Yes, but I can do it with your help!
A few examples from what I have shot already can be seen here:
It is all too often that the LGBTQ community is misrepresented in the mainstream media, absent from the majority of major advertisements, portrayed in overly sexualized images (especially when it comes to gay men in particular), and sadly shown as a weak and powerless minority in foreign countries where it is dangerous to be recognized as gay, lesbian, transgender, or queer of any kind. I am proposing a series of photographs that are entirely relatable and easily digestible to the general public that focus on love. The aim of these images will attempt to soften the hate in the hearts of those with a strong prejudice against our people, it is to bring the aspirations of the rights of gays and lesbians outside of the western world higher than just getting them out of hiding or out of jail and actually to a place of acceptance.
ALL LOVE IS EQUAL is a campaign that I envision being seen on a global scale to raise awareness and build compassion. I, along with my producer/assistant, would like to travel to different countries throughout the world to create photos of LGBT members in love within culturally diverse settings.
A quick breakdown of our monetary goals.
$22,000 would get me to shoot (ideally) a gay and lesbian couple in each city going from Paris -> Mumbai -> Beirut -> Johannesburg -> Rio de Janeiro -> New York City -> Los Angeles.
$35,000 and I would continue to Mexico City, Bangkok, and Tokyo.
$45,000 to print and frame all of the work in preparation for a photo exhibit.
The work will be romantic, idealistic, painterly, and inspirational. Ethnically appropriate models would be used in most circumstances to protect the identities of actual LGBTQ members who might be in danger in certain countries should their faces be seen. More poignantly, models would often be used to create a body of work that falls in line with the general public’s everyday consumption of what idealized romance and beauty looks like through photography and influential ads for the heterosexual community.
Please help me create to inspire. Please donate to help provide an image of beauty for those who are not directly in our community to relate to and identify with. There has not been a more important time in history for work like this to be seen. The main image is an example from London that I shot to be used as a benchmark for future images. Please view my work at www.bradensummers.com to view other photos of romance within my “portfolio”. Thanks in advance for your consideration and please remember to SHARE!
PS. The additional $2,000 over what is mentioned on the video should help cover the costs that Kickstarter and Amazon take from the money we raise.
Risks and challenges
Some of the challenges that I foresee concern my safety and the safety of my crew when shooting in areas that are not very accepting of the rights of members within the LGBTQ community. I plan to hire security members when necessary and to provide a safe and secure location to photograph my subjects as much as possible.
I am also concerned with finding enough subjects/models that would be willing to participate in this project. I have a great deal of confidence in my producer Greg Jaroszewski that is going to be a part of this project (he has produced for the brilliant fashion photographer Mario Testino for the last couple of years), I have faith that he will be able to help make my vision come to fruition on every level.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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