What We Think We Know About Love
I'm a romantic – I always have been. And while I mightn't be as blindly idealistic about love as I was when I was younger, I still believe in it wholeheartedly. So when my friend (and talented photographer) Wesley asked me if I would work with him on a project about love, of course I said yes.
Love defines us all – the highs and lows of it, the absence of it, the search for it, the way it both nourishes and confounds us. Romantic love, platonic love, paternal love … it takes all forms. And it’s the intricacies of those relationships and the complex puzzles they create that make life – and love – so fascinating.
Throughout history, more works of art, literature, and film have been dedicated to making sense of love than to almost any other topic. Inspired by this endless human quest for understanding, we talked to a diverse selection of New Yorkers about what it means to them: Wesley took their portrait while I interviewed them about all things love and dating.
I was so humbled by the fact that everyone who took part – many of them complete strangers to us – opened their hearts to us so completely and spoke with raw honesty. At the beginning of the interview, I assured each person that they if they were uncomfortable answering any of the (very personal) questions I asked them, they could say so – but not one person did. That really made me consider my own vulnerability in matters of love.
We recently launched the project, called What We Think We Know About Love, with an intimate event at The Line Hotel in Los Angeles (a big thank you to Stefan and Sana for hosting us and to Parabo Press for printing our beautiful booklets!) and will have a larger show at the The Invisible Dog gallery in Brooklyn on April 27, which you can RSVP for here.
As this is an ongoing project, we're always looking for new people to interview and photograph, so if you'd like to take part, please let me know!