Relationships have been around for centuries, yet in this past century relationships have shifted drastically. In the early 1900's men approached women who they fancied about, with the permission of her parents of course, and they would go out with a supervisor mostly to ensure no sexual intimacy occurred. During this time relationships lasted a relatively long time because the couples got to know each other on an emotional level not physical. People dated for one specific destination, marriage. Since then, relationships/dating have drifted into being mainly “hooking up” and having no intention for marriage. With this, the youth in society learn that this is the normality for relationships. They learn that premarital sex is just fine to do with just about whoever they want, when it’s supposed to be reserved for couples that are married or intend to get married. In practicing this, many young adults get hurt because they feel like they’re being used when in reality all anyone really wants is to fall in love and to be with that special someone for a very long time.
Being in a relationship in 2016 is very tricky because most “relationships” are not either not exclusive or very complex. Most relationships are purely based for social medias eye candy, trying to seem like the perfect relationship to the internet when they could be in a very unhappy relationship. It is hard to find a genuinely healthy relationship in today’s society but they are still out there. It’s important for future generations to see what a healthy relationship is so that they do not fall into the hurtful path of toxic relationships.
The goal of this photo essay is find couples that are open to the public and do not fit into the stereotypes towards relationships that society has implemented, so the viewers can learn about the better side about relationships in 2016. This photo essay will consist of 8 colored photographs of different couples in society, ordered by how long they have been together. The color in each photograph will symbolize the happiness or colorfulness in each relationship. Each couple will be asked to choose a pose that they believe represents their relationship. Each photograph is taken straight on with some close-ups and some that are at a distance and high/low angles depending on the pose allowing for the viewer to feel the intimacy between the partners. Since some of these shots will be taken in busy areas they will be interaction photos focusing on the couple, and highlighting that with their happiness blurs everyone around them. The photo essays’ photographs will be narrative; they will each tell their own story about the relationship, even though each photo will provide a caption giving a brief story about the couple. By the end of the photo essay the viewer will have proper insight on a healthy happy relationship, so they do not follow the dating path that is most popular in their own society that would most likely hurt them.
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