Sandy Whittington 01
1. When was this photo taken?
The end of 2015
2. Where was this photo taken?
Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
3. Who took this photo?
Either me or my boyfriend at the time
4. What are we looking at here?
My boyfriend and I were about to have sex. He was (and I'm sure still is) a filmmaker and I'm a photographer. I found this crappy and wonderful point and shoot camera for $3 and had some film laying around, so I was going shutter-crazy with my images. It felt freeing to snap away and to document our passion.
I was living in Seattle at the time, and he was here in Brooklyn, so our rendezvous were very sexually prolific. We were deeply in love, but my family didn't approve; I didn't care, but it was definitely a sore spot for both of us. It was an intense relationship in almost every regard.
5. How does this old photo make you feel?
How does it make me feel?
Sad, empty, but also happy because I left the relationship when it wasn't healthy. But whenever I see photos from this time, it makes me a little... homesick?
6. Is this what you expected to see?
I did and didn't. I knew there were some nude photos, but I didn't remember us taking photos this close or this intense. It made me feel like I was right back in the moment.
7. Does this photo bring back any memories?
Of course! I remember the sex. I remember the fighting. I remember the drama. I remember that I was his first love, and we both never felt love like it. I remember it all, on a very intense level.
8. How do you think others will respond to this photo?
They'll be intrigued or disgusted. Some people aren't okay with interracial relationships, whether they claim to be or not. I've discovered that a lot of white folks are really turned off and disgusted on some level -- which is truly fucked up and sad.
But I digress, it's definitely confrontational regardless of race.
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