Yesterday, while browsing from photography site to photography site, I had the great fortune to come across Rachel Herman's series "the imp of love." In this series, Rachel photographs couples who were once lovers (but aren't any longer) who are attempting to remain friends and to navigate the sometimes awkward but hopefully rewarding space. The images moved me because this is a subject that many people shy away from- or choose not to engage with- but there is something beautiful in her images, a rawness of human relationships that exists whether it is faced in the light of day or not. I was also intrigued by the variety of people in the images. The ages, genders, sexual orientations, styles, etc are different from image to image, and I found myself fascinated not only that the people in them had this particular story of once-lovers-now-friends, but also that these two people were drawn to each other initially. Looking at the images while knowing the circumstances that led to their creation added a complex and wonderful layer of understanding.
Take a look if you have a chance- it's worth it.
the imp of love
Above image: Tim and Hannah from "the imp of love"