Always Was, Always Will Be is a photography project featuring Butch/Femme and Stud/Fem couples. When searching for images of couples online, most that come up are from a by-gone era or from the US. Despite popular belief Butch/Stud/Fem/me couples are still here in the UK!! We are still living within these identities, desiring each other, loving each other and proudly sharing our lives together. The conversations around gender and identity today are often academic and London-centric, sometimes forgetting that our identities are informed by our every day lived experiences. This project aims to centre Butch/Stud/Fem/me couples from all over the UK, capturing and exploring our diversity as well as our commonality. My recent film Everything That I'm Not reveals fragments of the lives of 3 of these couples. In time the project will evolve into a book, inspiring and empowering others to declare that we are here, 'Always Was, Always Will Be'.
"Living a butch-femme life was not an intellectual exercise; it was not a set of theories"
Joan Nestle, The Persistent Desire.