Loneliness and the need to belong are emotions that most people experience at some point in their lives, and they can be difficult to cope with. Today, representation and visibility matter more than ever, and seeing yourself in someone else's work can bring joy, and a sense of relief that you are being recognised for who you are.
Photography can play a significant role in highlighting diversity, and non-binary, queer and autistic photographer Louis Painter, who uses they/them pronouns, captures portraits that have a sense of humanity and vulnerability while maintaining a film-like quality. In a single frame, the images manage to intertwine a striking identity with deep emotions.
"There's a kind of loneliness that queer people tend to experience," explains Louis, who is based in Birmingham, UK. "Queer photography means everything to me. In identifying as queer myself, I want it to shine through in my work. This project is about me being more myself around queer-identifying people and my friends – something that other queer people can probably relate to, as well."
So what drives Louis, and where has their journey with queer photography taken them?