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love, sex and relationships
| Black and white video-photography project |  Film photography | Mamiya II 6x7 | 2015-ongoing |


love, sex and relationships is a collection of intimate conversations between myself and others.

It is a multidisciplinary documentation project, which includes questions to myself, couples and individuals, who live or have lived a love relationship as well as containing reflections, thoughts, emotions and poems, on the theme of love, sex and relationships.


“I felt a strange attraction towards him, which I could not understand and control. He was often drunk, fond of pornography, ready to accuse me, humiliate me, offend me. But I wanted to understand what it was that led me to remain in such a relationship: what is love? Life again confronted me with psychological, physical and emotional abuse, but this time it was different; I was aware. Finally I was able to observe the pain separated from me and aware of the abuse, using my camera, video documentation and writing as forms of expression to get myself out of a somewhat oppressive situation and understand why I was ‘in love’ with this man. I felt guilty, angry, frustrated and jealous of someone who didn’t respect me. Or perhaps wasn’t I respecting myself? Too much empathy hurts at some point, until we have the courage to abandon everything if it doesn’t make us feel good. This is where the strength of loving oneself resides.”


Twenty – five people took part in the project, couples and  single individuals met online and in the streets of London.

I explored different relationships: from heterosexual relationships to homosexual, single mothers, divorced or separated couples ….

Addiction to love can cause emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, violence, jealousy, obsessive thoughts, pain and confusion. Many of us are trapped in toxic sexual and love relationships.

After the interview, I then, invited the couples or individuals to represent their relationship to the camera, any way they wished. Traditionally, a photographer searches for telling images of his or her subject. My approach has been, rather, to find out how the subjects of my project might portray themselves.


“I wanted to explore what it is like for others to be in a relationship. What is love? What is sex? What is a relationship ?Do you love yourself? Does education, culture, religion confuse us? What do we fear? Are we free?”


The project started before Brexit and Covid 19 in multi-ethnic London while I was in a love relationship with my ex-boyfriend, which later became abusive and develops the theme of love. I didn’t love myself. 

The video photography project includes analog photographs in black and white, a video documentation (16 individual videos, total duration 6 hours), a trailer,  a nine minutes monologue titled do you love yourself? and a photography book still working in progress.

The video documentation is recorded in London and it is in English with English subtitles. The English subtitles are transcribed and translated by me with the collaboration of Jonathan Graham and Peter Dixon.


The project of love, sex and relationships can be followed on Instagram

love, sex and relationships | Filiz | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola


FILIZ, single mother with a teenager

love, sex and relationships | Ganga | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

GANGA, divorced after 10 years married

love, sex and relationships | Gill and Richard | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

GILL and RICHARD, married for 30 years

love, sex and relationships | Edwin and Giulia | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

EDWIN and GIULIAtogether since 18 years

love, sex and relationships | Esperanza | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

ESPERANZAmarried for 30 years, separated not divorced with a daughter

love, sex and relationships | Agnese and Virginia | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

AGNESE and VIRGINIA, married for 2 years

love, sex and relationships | James and Joakim | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola


JAMES and JOAKIM in a love relationship


love, sex and relationships | Toni King | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola


TONI KINGsingle, divorced, with a teenager he can't see

love, sex and relationships | Sarah and Robert | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola


SARAH and ROBERTmarried for 13 years with three children

love, sex and relationships | Wen Wei and Valeria | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola


WEN WEI and VALERIA6 month together, getting married in 6 months

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CHRIS, single

love, sex and relationships | Giulia and Diana | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola


GIULIA and DIANA, living and working together since two years

love, sex and relationships | Robin and Paola | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola



ROBIN and PAOLA, married since 2 years

love, sex and relationships | Mum and Dad | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola



MUM and DAD, married for 45 years with four children

love, sex and relationships | Erica | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola



ERICA, 7 years old

love, sex and relationships | Laszlo | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola



LASZLO, my ex-boyfriend

love, sex and relationships | Loredana | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola


LOREDANA, the interviewer

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