I started thinking about friendship, the importance of friendship, this past summer. I was quite heartbroken and staying at my friends Chloe & Hobbes’ house in LA, kind of wandering about for a month and trying to heal myself, and they were a huge part of doing that for me. Thinking about people I rarely get to see, who have let me in and just loved me unconditionally for years.
So when TPJ approached me about doing a Valentine's Day photo essay I thought this was a perfect match; I’d been wanting to make work centered around friendship but wasn’t sure how to frame it, how it should be presented. I love Love, all of it, but in the end it bugs me how romantic & sensual love tends to be prioritized over all other types.
I wanted to pay homage to my friends, and explore intimacy in a non-sexual way. I wanted to show the people around me (mostly feminine and/or queer people), loving each other platonically, and highlight just how important and valuable those relationships are. I wanted to show a range of relationships; people who are together every day, best friends who rarely get to see each other, siblings, etc. Shooting these images I let the mood and environment of the people I photographed inspire me, and hopefully let their individual relationships shine – not trying to come to any conclusion on what I’m photographing but just letting myself soak up the good vibes.
Laurence Philomene is a 22 year old triple Gemini. Picked up a camera 8 years ago and never stopped shooting since then. She likes the color pink, softness, and Cheetos. When she is not working as a photographer you can find her snuggled up at the library studying history and watching Gilmore Girls on loop.