This series, entitled Affamées, is a feminine, plural french word for Starving.
When my girlfriend and I met in 2019 while she was studying abroad in Paris, I already felt compelled, as a photographer, to take pictures of her before she had to go back to the USA. I then used photography as a vehicle for capturing the fleeting moments spent with her, after months being apart, starving for an embrace or a touch.
Being in a long distant relationship is complicated enough as it is, but the Covid pandemic and the shutdown of all borders brought an extra layer of urgency.
There is no such thing as a trivial moment when there are just so many times you can witness it. Sleeping, showering, reading, resting… suddenly everything, even the most common, day to day activity, becomes worth capturing when most of your relationship is spent apart over the phone.
As our bond deepened, and the state of the world became more and more uncertain every time we managed to see each other, the focus started shifting from her and her body, to us and our story.
I slowly allowed myself to become more vulnerable by letting my body enter the frame as well.
Ultimately, this series documents the birth and growth of desire : how it can be built without negative power dynamic, a series that escapes voyeuristic dimension by focusing on shared experience and invites us to appreciate the uncensored and naked beauty of our lives.
As a body of work gradually emerged over the past 2 years, it became clear that even though these pictures are very private and personal, they reflect an authentic, not often seen, broader reality of a queer couple.
In a world where lesbian visibility is near non existent in the mainstream media, yet predominant in the pornographic culture, the fetishization of lesbians and queer women seems inevitable.
This brings an inauthentic vision of their reality that I aspire to correct by showing a glimpse of a genuine relationship.
This mix of invisibility and misrepresentation leaves lesbians starving for a more accurate depiction of their existence in Art, popular culture and mainstream media.
Despite significant progress in LGBTQ’s lives, the personal still is political and we cannot underestimate the power and cultural importance of representation.