We’re Here, We’re Queer, Have Some Photos Of Us

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So my wonderful sister Jenny has recently been working on her final project for the first year of her photography diploma. She decided to focus on LGBTQA+ people and their identities because it’s something that’s important to her and a lot of people around her. Naturally she asked yours truly if I would like to be involved along with my girlfriend Cat. Never one to pass up an opportunity to be photographed I jumped on it and am super excited to share some of my favourite shots!

2018-04-18-0007 The general vibe of the shoot was just us being natural and in love. We decided to shoot near our housed in Penryn. We went to the park just down the road and took a few shots in my garden. We also found this really cute spot in a community garden (above photo) just across the road from me that I didn’t even know existed!

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We just dressed how we usually would so I went for black jeans, my bee t-shirt, a thrifted flannel, my denim jacket with loads of pins and patched and my favourite yellow hat. Cat of course went for her epic cloak with harem pants, her solstice t-shirt and of course walking boots.

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Jenny decided to use her Pentax K1000 film camera for these shots, which incidentally her wonderful girlfriend gave her for Christmas, quite fitting. I love the soft, vintage type vibes this method of shooting gives the photos. I think it works super well with the colours of our clothes and the environments we shot in. Jenny also only brought one roll of film with her so I think that makes the 24 photos taken even more special.

2018-04-18-0003 I absolutely love this shot because the sun was just shining so perfectly. It was a pretty grey day (it even started raining near the end) so this was unexpected and made for a magical moment.

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This big green door is right outside my house and I’ve always thought it would make a great location for a photo shoot so I’m glad that’s finally happened.

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As you can tell we had way too much fun playing on the spinny swing thing at the park. Really we are both big kids at heart.

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This is possibly my favourite photo of the day. It captures Cat in her natural habitat, I often call her my little spider monkey. She just jumped up there and started climbing and it seemed like the perfect opportunity for a Spiderman/Mary Jane inspired photo.

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All of these photos are so genuine and I think really capture the love that me and Cat share. I’m so grateful that Jenny wanted to take photos of us and managed to get so many great shots of us just being unashamedly us.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these wonderful super gay photos! If you have then please check out Jenny’s photography Instagram give her a follow and some love @_jensphotography_

 

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Love is Love But…

Pride Month has just finished in the US but London Pride was this past weekned and Cornwall Pride doesn’t happen until August! Because of this, all things LGBTQA+ have been all over social media which is great to see, at least in my little bubble, because it’s almost exclusively been positive. However there’s one thing that bothers me, and it’s been bothering me for a while now, the hashtag #loveislove.

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Now before you jump down my throat please hear me out. Of course I agree love is love! The love between me and my girlfriend is just as valid as any other love regardless of sexuality. Our love is beautiful and special and fun and I wouldn’t change it for the world. My problem with this popular hashtag is the focus on love. Love is all very well and good but what about when we aren’t in love? Do you respect us then?

Queer people deserve respect whether they are in a relationship or not. We shouldn’t have to fit into a cute little coupley box to be seen as humans. Our identity should be respected whether we are in relationships or single, happily or unhappily. When we are going through a messy break up or just having fun hooking up. When were are in open relationships or just not into relationships at all. Love is love but you should respect us regardless of our relationship status.

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Oh and there is of course the issue that the hashtag kinda ignores gender identity completely by focusing on sexuality. This is of course problematic as trans and nonbinary peeps are a huge part of pride and deserve to feel included. It’s not really fair that the most prominent pride related hashtags focus on sexuality and relationships- eg: #loveislove, #lovewins and #loveishere.

I’m not asking for a boycott of this hashtag and other similar ones, rather some thoughtful consideration when using them. Why are you using it? Could something more inclusive and less love focused be used in it’s place?

I hope this blog post has made you think a little. Sending so much love to my fellow queer siblings, you are so strong and wonderful.

This blog post is an extension of a Facebook status I wrote on the day of London Pride, you can read the original post here

Toodles!