The Pink Choice
Even though many people seem to be open about homosexuality, it turned out to be untrue when I showed people photos of homosexual couples in intimate moments. Most of them found the photos disgusting and unacceptable. This reaction was a source of inspiration to me. My goal was to make photos about homosexuals that incite feelings of romantic love that is natural and beautiful. I chose to capture casual daily activities of the couples that can be familiar to anyone. By doing so, I hope to make the audience become interested, then gradually empathize with homosexual people.
Many projects/artworks on homosexuality in Vietnam tend to focus on either deviances (especially in movies, with images of homosexuals portrayed in ridiculous clothing and make-up, mincing, shrewish or rude manners…) or symbolic images. In photography, homosexuals are not presented as themselves in pictures. And if they are, they’re usually photographed from behind or with masks on. These all foster weird and absurd images of homosexuals rather then present more understanding perspectives. In turn, homosexuals become even more intimidated and isolated.
The Pink Choice has a different approach as it seeks out personal stories using direct language: documentary photography to capture real moments and real people.
Moreover, stories about homosexuality in Vietnam and also in the world usually end in tragedy, especially in movies. On one hand, this tragic style of storytelling can make audience become more sympathetic and understanding of the difficulties that homosexuals experience. On the other hand, the drama of homosexuals can also cause misunderstandings that lives of homosexuals are vulnerable and regretful, and that the choice to “come out” is an incredible effort against the community’s way of life. The point is, in real life, there are many homosexual people who live happily with their identity. There are homosexual couples who love, nurture and build a happy family life together.
The Pink Choice is a series of photos about the love of homosexual couples which focus on living spaces, the affectionate touches, and more importantly, the synchronized rhythm of lovers sharing life together. Viewers may not feel the personalities of the subjects in the photos, but hopefully they can feel the warmth of their love and caring. In way, I wanted to show what I see of homosexual people and not how they see themselves.
Photographer: Maika Elan
what u should be asking trans ppl: “how was ur day” “where did u buy that rly cute shirt” “damn how did you get ur hair to look that good” “why is no one acknowledging the whole dinosaurs having feathers thing” “whats ur opinion on pluto losing its planet status”
what ur wasting ur time asking trans ppl: “whats ur real name" "have u had surgery… down there…" "r u rly a boy/girl" "what does cis mean" "why do you hate cis ppl"
g UYS I JUST WOKE Up FROM MY NAP YESTERDAY
I SLEPT FOR 15 HOURS
whAT ThE FUCK
WHY ARE PEOPLE reBLOGGING THIS IT WAS SCARY TO MISS 15 HOURS OF MY LIFE ACCDEINTALYL
I don’t think 15 hours legally constitutes as a nap.
I think you might have slipped into a small coma.
ThA TS WHAT I VE BEEN SAYING
I did this after flying from Hongkong and not sleeping for like 36 hours or something. My mom was like it’s supper time, you should get up, and I was like excuse me? I slept 14 hours?
Recently my grandmother found out I’m queer. Her response was to tell me that she disapproves of me living with my “friend” (i.e. my girlfriend) and that I should give up my vile queer ways and become a Christian (Lol). She even sent me a bible. Here are its remains, which I made into black-out poetry.
Poem 1: Bisexual (from Leviticus 19:9)— “Have sexual relations with her. Have sexual relations with him. Have sexual relations with both a woman and a man. Have sexual relations with yourself. Vomit on everyone who does not respect you.”
Poem 2: Fisting (from Judges 8:5)— “water/ lap the water/ drink/go down to drink/your hands/go down/I give into your hands/go down/encouraged/down/on the seashore/the whole hand/your hand/inside/I get to the edge/and shout/grasping/crying out/Beth/Beth/Beth/Beth/Beth/God/I came”
Poem 3: A Letter to the Exiles (from Jeremiah 28:13) — “Ze said: ‘Do not let lies name you, nor harm your heart. Gather. Raise the sword against them. They scorn and reproach, for they have not listened— again and again have not listened.’ “
Poem 4: Child (from Ezekiel 16:22) — “Your father and your mother rubbed salt in. No one looked on you with pity or had compassion enough for you, for on the day you were born you were despised. Live! Grow. I looked at you and saw you were enough.”
Poem 5: Father (from Ezekiel 16:22) — “You never adored us. You became very angry. You took some out on us. Your sons and daughters were not enough? You slaughtered— in all your detestable practices— our youth.”
Poem 6: Misandry (from Acts 27:41) — “Dangerous men should be broken.”
best idea ever
being born in China fucking sucks. Chinese families are straight up judgemental assholes. This is the worst time of the year for some people like my best friend, she is being constantly picked at and compared to her rich ass cousins with fancy cars but shitty grades and shitty English, while she has made amazing achievements and gets no recognition for them.
a sequel to frozen where elsa’s advisors are all imploring her to find a nice prince to marry to be the king consort and elsa just isn’t interested in anyone until the arabian royal family comes to visit to discuss trade arrangements and elsa meets their spunky hijabi daughter who has the power to manipulate fire and heat and falls in love instantly
DISNEY I DARE YOU
A photo of two gay fathers has gone viral on the Internet — but maybe not for the reasons that you would expect.
MOST ADORABLE FAMILY EVER
OH MY GOD CAN I ADOPT ALL OF YOU?!
Source: The Huffington Post