"...Unapologetic humans can be represented and celebrated without constraints"
Behind the lens for this series is Anna Sampson, London-based artist and photographer who explores the potential of queer erotic gaze, while playing with representations of the body, gender, and power; and exploring the interplay of fetishism and sedition.
A lot of Anna’s work could be described as erotic – but erotic in a subversive and non-conformist way. “Erotica is so much more than just sexy pictures – it’s a form of power and resistance – and queer gaze is crucial for social and political change,” she says. “Erotic photography and erotica are still dominated by the male heterosexual gaze – a queer gaze offers a different perspective on sexuality”.
With pleasure and politics going hand-in-hand, Anna wanted to create a celebratory space where beauty thrives beyond the binary, size, skin colour and age. “The role of leather is pivotal to the history of the gay liberation movement, so I wanted to keep the symbolic and aesthetic values of leather alive in this story; especially in ode to those under-represented and censored in history, such as dyke, trans(masc), sex workers and leather daddies,” she adds.
(Photo on the left, from the left: models Munya Versace and Gii)