I photograph people making love in public places

Apr 6, 2016

Mikaël Theimer

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I photograph people making love in public places

Apr 6, 2016

Mikaël Theimer

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A few weeks ago I posted a series of photographs of couples ‘making love’ in public places and got a very positive response. So I figured I’d keep at it!

At the time, I used to only shoot couples I ran into randomly, so it was pure street photography. But then I thought, I don’t run into couples sharing an intimate moment that often… So why not create those moments?

So this series is a bit different: some of these images are still the result of me being at the right place at the right time, but others, have been more carefully crafted. Sometimes I saw a beautiful scene, and waited around to find a couple that would agree to pose in it. Other times, couples reached out to me, we met up in a location of their choosing, and played around. Can you figure out which photos fall into which category?

In any case, my intention is the same: it’s a celebration of love, in the public space. Some people are uncomfortable with public displays of affection, but I find they’re among the most beautiful things you can witness in your daily routine. I mean, how can you be turned off by love?

It’s important to see love, to feel love around us. It softens our hearts, and boy do we need our hearts to be softened these days…

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About the author

Mikaël Theimer is a French portrait and street photographer based in Montreal, Canada.  You can see more of Mikaël’s work on his website and Instagram, or reach out to him via Facebook.  This article was also published here.

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10 responses to “I photograph people making love in public places”

  1. Kambis Avatar
    Kambis

    The last one is fantastic!

    1. jerry Avatar
      jerry

      YES.

  2. Peter Svensson Avatar
    Peter Svensson

    making love?

    1. John Shark Avatar
      John Shark

      Tantric love…no penetration… :p

    2. Shachar Weis Avatar
      Shachar Weis

      Making click-bait titles.

  3. Ben Anscombe Avatar
    Ben Anscombe

    I think you lost something in translation. While practically a national pastime here in the UK, making love in public is usually frowned upon, as is photographing it.

  4. jason bourne Avatar
    jason bourne

    Wouldn’t that make you a voyeur?

  5. ironorr84 Avatar
    ironorr84

    I’m torn between the, “this is excellent photography and subject, and it’s art”, and the “this is creepy to purposely look for these couples in their own intimate moments and keep the photos to yourself and/or publish them for the world to see to serve only yourself (even if their moment is in public and not in private).

    I hope there was some decency to offer them a copy at least…not that that’s a common thing to offer with street photography, but probably none of these couples will ever know or benefit from you hunting them down for the shot.

  6. Andrea Gruber Avatar
    Andrea Gruber

    Thank god you do NOT do that haha

  7. Ray Staar Avatar
    Ray Staar

    The subjects of these photographs were out in public. There is no expectation of privacy when you are in public. A plethora of CCTV cameras took versions of the same shots with, in my opinion, far creepier intentions than Mr. Theimer, whose intentions appear to have been entirely artistic.