|REAL LOVE by Gavin Phes|
Gavin works in London as a professional freelance photographer, illustrator, web designer and graphic artist. I first met him when he was completing his final years's project at Middlesex University. The project was entitled "Couples" and was intended to feature a collection of images that portrayed love between partners. The aim was to show intimacy between people and how they express that intimacy.
Following the shoot with Daisy Lang, I discovered that many photographers were advertising on Gumtree, a classified ad site on the internet, for people to be photographed for various projects.
I sent an email to Gavin in reply to his advert saying that I was 56 and, therefore, I may not be what he was looking for. He wrote explaining that he was interested in using me but that I would have to pose nude with another male but that the pictures would not show any kind of embarrassing intimacy and would be quite subtle. I replied saying that I would rather not be pose with another male but, overnight, I changed my mind and I was so glad I did so because I really liked working with Gavin and I loved the resulting images.
The photographs he took were displayed at the Final Year's Degree show at the Truman Brewery in the summer of 2008 and I was very proud to see my pictures up on the wall. Interestingly, Tony and I were the only "unreal" couple that Gavin had shot but many people were convinced that we were an item - a testament to Gavin's skill.
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