A couple of weeks ago, we were all surprised to see that Lebanon was among the locations used by Braden Summers in his “All Love is Equal” photoshoot showcasing 15 LGBT couples from around the world. The Lebanese one features two beautiful women modeling as a Lesbian couple in a traditional Lebanese house. I was curious to know more about it so I got a hold of Braden and asked him a couple of questions.
How did you come up with the idea of All Love is Equal and what are you hoping to achieve with it?
I came up with the idea for the project when I was living in Paris. I was shooting lots of romantic imagery when my boyfriend had suggested that I shoot a gay version. The resulting image of two men on a London bridge sparked the idea to shoot a whole series of these “iconic” photographs in different cultures worldwide.Can you tell us about the Lebanese couple?
The Lebanese couple are models. Attempting to work with local gay organizations and members of the local community were fruitless efforts. It seemed a lot of folks were worried about having their faces seen in relation to a gay campaign. We shot the image about an hour and a half north of Beirut, I can’t remember the name of the town. The point of the image was to illustrate an idealization of lesbian couple in the middle east – it clearly is not a documentation. We were trying to touch upon middle eastern culture with the hijabs without infringing upon religious beliefs – which was a difficult creative challenge to attempt to inspire without offending.
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