A few months ago, I started a Tumblr blog that asked readers to contribute photos of themselves, disclosing the label(s) that they use to define their sexual orientations. The responses were diverse and fascinating, but the nature of the site did not allow for in-depth discussions about the labels in question. Greyscale will pick up where What Is Your Label? left off — it will invite people to share their labels of choice and expand upon them in great detail, allowing for the individual nuances to shine through.
You may have already read the Call for Participants, but I wanted to take this opportunity to give you some more details about what participation involves:
- All interviews will be on camera, and I will be identifying subjects with first-names only. (The first name doesn’t need to be your legal name — I will identify participants however they wish to be identified. I just can’t promise complete anonymity.)
- All participants will be asked the same questions, for the sake of narrative cohesion, though specific follow-up questions will differ as circumstances dictate.
- While all participants should be somewhat comfortable discussing sexuality and language on camera, no one is required to answer any question that makes them uncomfortable. We can tailor the interview to your individual comfort level.
- Not every interview will necessarily make it into the final cut of Greyscale, but I will profile all of the participants on this blog.
- I live in NYC, so I will primarily be looking to interview people in New York and New Jersey. However, I am very interested in traveling, if possible — shoots in both LA and Boston are currently in the works. So if you’re not near NYC but are still interested in participating, please be in touch, and hopefully we can work something out.
Greyscale will not succeed without the generous participation of individuals who are willing to share their stories. If you identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, pansexual, asexual, heteroflexible, homoflexible, kinky, polyamorous, or anything else under the sun, please be in touch. I want to hear your story, and I want to share it as part of Greyscale. No story is too conventional or too complex — every story is critical for understanding the nuances within narrow identity labels. So, if you’re interested in being involved, please fill out this short survey, and let’s talk.