A New York-based photographer’s stunning series showcasing same-sex couples around the world is making the media and blogosphere rounds.
Photographer Braden Summers told The Advocate that he has always loved romantic imagery, but nonetheless “came to a realization that I have a subconscious disconnection from said imagery because of the simple truth that the majority of the most influential images depict straight couples.”
Describing the “All Love Is Equal” series as being “reminiscent of the highly-produced romance images that we are fed on a daily basis,” he told Buzzfeed the shots were “not documentations of reality, but illustrations using models and real-life couples to help my viewers dream about having that type of romance.”
Summers raised over $23,000 for the project via a Kickstarter campaign. On the campaign’s official page, it states:
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.
Take a look at the “All Love Is Equal” photos below.