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Inspired by their personal relationship that blossomed in the Covid-19 lockdown, the pair decided to find additional couples with similar encounters
Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, Rona Bar and Ofek Avshalom are a photographer duo, also known as Fotómetro. Both expert photographers for some eight yrs, they met on Instagram three years ago. They soon began working on a project collectively, and a year later grew to become a couple. As their relationship developed, despite Covid-19 restrictions, the duo was inspired to get other couples and celebrate connection under lockdown. The result is their project, Us .
Why are they photographed mostly naked?
We wanted to deal with relevant topics for us, as human beings, that are related to diversity, gender, identity and body image. By showcasing various couples plus characters in their natural home, in their intimate place with their partner, feeling vulnerable very safe, we wanted to represent, normalise and celebrate all kinds of love while breaking social norms.
Why did you photograph the couples in their homes?
The idea was obviously a reaction to the lockdowns in Israel, but it means a lot more. The connection between the couples is one of the stuff we wanted to focus on, we all wanted to capture the closeness and the togetherness of the young couples and we felt like they would feel preferred in their own space. We wanted to simplify the setting and styling. The look and really feel of the project is mostly cozy and natural. We furthermore believe that each story of each couple is told not only by the subjects, but also by the authentic setting that they are placed at, so photographing the couples in their homes is crucial for this project. The seclusion afforded by the pandemic, which both inspired and enabled the project, appears to be seeping away. Despite this, we have come to realise that the resonance from the photo setting is timeless, and while it may have been allowed by lockdown, it is certainly not restricted by it.
How did you method the couples to make these images?
We think that the undeniable fact that we are a couple ourselves makes the connection between the subjects as well as the photographers more authentic. Whenever we share our story using them, it makes it easy for them to relate to and trust us, and it shows in the images. The important thing to this lay in the conversation with the couples.
Could you tell us about among the couples in your images?
Nastya and Andy are 23 years old, from Jaffa (near Tel-Aviv), Israel. Andy is a full time musician and a maker, Nastya is a dancer and an artist. They met two years ago through an adult dating app, it was exactly while they both didn’t want a serious relationship because they experienced just got out of 1. For a while they didn’t call themselves a “couple”, yet just couldn’t be aside from each other. Then Covid-19 strike, and they just stayed house together. They got to find out each other without any distractions, it had been real and pure.
In the very first moment they influenced each other and shared their own art with each other. That is those that have made it so interesting plus passionate.