[LifeLube met the wonderful Ted Kerr from Edmonton Alberta at the 2009 National LGBTI Health Summit - and he shared some of his amazing work with us ....]
One on One started off as an attempt to queer and comment on the commodification of the gay male body but then evolved into something better—frank conversation between queer men about our bodies and what we do with them.
It almost always happened the same way; the guy would come over, we would both be nervous, I would be unbrave in asking them what I wanted for the photo and they would be unsure about how far they were willing to go. As we began talking both of us would loosen up and soon trust was born, truths were flying, pants were dropping and Polaroids were developing.
For me it is interesting how Polaroids have always been a way that queer dudes could make their own porn - and at the same time as the future of Polaroid was most unstable, so too in-the-face of perceived homo-normalization, was the idea of queerness. While doing One on One I learned that there are many attempts to save the continuation of Polaroid film, and that queerness is alive and well.
[we will feature more of these wonderful polaroids over the coming weeks - thanks ted!]