THE PINK CHOICE - PhMuseum

THE PINK CHOICE

Maika Elan

Even though many people seem to be open about homosexuality, it turned out to be untrue when I showed people photos of homosexual couples in intimate moments. Most of them found the photos disgusting and unacceptable. This reaction was a source of inspiration to me. My goal was to make photos about homosexuals that incite feelings of romantic love that is natural and beautiful. I chose to capture casual daily activities of the couples that can be familiar to anyone. By doing so, I hope to make the audience become interested, then gradually empathize with homosexual people.

Many projects/artworks on homosexuality in Vietnam tend to focus on either deviances (especially in movies, with images of homosexuals portrayed in ridiculous clothing and make-up, mincing, shrewish or rude manners…) or symbolic images. In photography, homosexuals are not presented as themselves in pictures. And if they are, they’re usually photographed from behind or with masks on. These all foster weird and absurd images of homosexuals rather then present more understanding perspectives. In turn, homosexuals become even more intimidated and isolated.

The Pink Choice has a different approach as it seeks out personal stories using direct language: documentary photography to capture real moments and real people.

Moreover, stories about homosexuality in Vietnam and also in the world usually end in tragedy, especially in movies. On one hand, this tragic style of storytelling can make audience become more sympathetic and understanding of the difficulties that homosexuals experience. On the other hand, the drama of homosexuals can also cause misunderstandings that lives of homosexuals are vulnerable and regretful, and that the choice to “come out” is an incredible effort against the community’s way of life. The point is, in real life, there are many homosexual people who live happily with their identity. There are homosexual couples who love, nurture and build a happy family life together.

The Pink Choice is a series of photos about the love of homosexual couples which focus on living spaces, the affectionate touches, and more importantly, the synchronized rhythm of lovers sharing life together. Viewers may not feel the personalities of the subjects in the photos, but hopefully they can feel the warmth of their love and caring. In way, I wanted to show what I see of homosexual people and not how they see themselves.

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  • Nguyen Thi Chinh (1987, worker), left and Tran Thi Lan (1976, chef) are listening to music on the radio program in rented apartments with many other people in Hanoi.

    They've been together for over 1 year.
    Hanoi, Viet Nam
    24 October 2012

  • Tran Van Chuc (1990, worker) and Nguyen Van Dung (1967, state employee) have been together for over a year.

    Hanoi, Viet Nam
    10 July 2011

  • Le Nam Hai (1976) and Hoang Minh Tien (1960), a couple for 13 years, smoke and chat on their balcony. They have lived with HIV for over a decade.

    Hanoi, Viet Nam
    22 July 2011

  • Nhat Phong (1991, student) and Ngoc Trung (1991, student) are having fun in the Red River close to their house.

    They have been together for 1 year.
    Hanoi, Viet Nam
    10 July 2011

  • Phan Ngoc Hai Ly (1989, owner of business) is drying one of their cats after a bathing, Pham Thao Huyen (1991, graphic designer) trys new rollerblades.

    They lived together in Ho Chi Minh City for nearly five years.
    Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam
    17 April 2012

  • Hoang Phuong (1987, architect), left, and Ha Minh Tri (1990, students) are talking and watching the Ho Chi Minh City from the window of their apartment.

    They have been together for 1 year
    Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam
    31 May 2012

  • Tan Phat (1991, photographer) was photographed his boy friend, Hoang Minh (1991, student) with their stuffed animals in the bedroom of two people to celebrate the first year together.

    They have been together for 1 year.
    Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam
    14 May 2012

  • Luu Manh Thang (1985, driver), left and Pham Phuong Dong (1989, soldier) are having a breakfast while watching the morning news TV.

    They've been together for more than two years.
    Vinh Phuc, Viet Nam
    27 July 2011

  • Huu Ngan (1990, students) are studying with his boyfriend, Le Quan (1990, students) in the morning.

    They have been together for 2 year.
    Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam
    17 May 2012

  • Nguyen Thanh Thien (1984) and Ha Thinh Vuong (1992) were having lunch at the wedding studio where they meet and work as make-up artist together.

    They have been together for 1 year.
    Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam
    28 April 2012

  • Doan Huu Dieu (1986, left) and Nguyen Trong Hieu (1962), who have been together for three years, wake up at home.

    Vinh Phuc, Viet Nam
    27 July 2011

  • Thanh Vinh (1992) and Quoc Phong (1993) prepare to go to bed.

    They have been together for 3 years.
    Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam
    10 May 2012

  • Nhat Phong (1991, student) and Ngoc Trung (1991, student) are having fun in the Red River close to their house.

    They have been together for 1 year.
    Hanoi, Viet Nam
    10 July 2011

  • Phan Thi Thuy Vy (1992) and Dang Thi Bich Bay (1992), both students, relax at the end of the day watching television.

    They have been together for a year.
    Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam
    22 Jun 2012

  • Lê Ngọc Tú (1991) and Phạm Gia Hiếu (1992) are listening music together.

    They have been together for 3 years
    Hanoi, Viet Nam
    25 June 2011

  • Tan Phat (1991, photographer) and his boy friend, Hoang Minh (1991, student) are bathing their dog.

    They have been together for 1 year.
    Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam
    14 May 2012

  • Kim Ngan (1991, worker), left and Ngoc Hoang (1994, tailor) are watching a horror movie together after dinner.

    They lived together for more than four years
    Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam
    08 Jun 2012

  • Quynh Nhu (1993, worker) and Thanh Thuy (1993, salesperson) singing karaoke with Nhu's family after lunch.

    They have been together for 3 years.
    Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam
    03 Jun 2012

  • Vu Trong Hung (1943, government inspector) and his boyfriend, Tran Van Tin (1972, social worker) in their house.

    They have been together for 2 years.
    Hanoi, Viet Nam
    12 July 2011

  • Van Hung (1990), a sex worker, and his partner Xuan Hai (1963), a taxi driver, have been together for a year.

    Hanoi, Viet Nam
    13 July 2011

  • Huu Hung (1980) looks on as Bui Van Nam (1983), a stonemason, rests after a work accident.

    They have been a couple for four years.
    Hanoi, Viet Nam
    21 December 2011

  • Van Dung (1981, masseur) and Quoc Huy (1984, masseur) have a rest after work.

    They have been together for 3 years.
    04 March 2012

  • Phan Ngoc Hai Ly (1989, owner of business) is cutting toenails for her lover, Pham Thao Huyen (1991, graphic designer )

    They lived together in Ho Chi Minh City for nearly five years.
    Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam
    17 April 2012

  • Pham Van Thuy (1987) having sex his boyfriend Huynh Minh Dang (1991)

    They have been together for 1 year.
    Hanoi, Viet Nam
    05 July 2011

  • Kim Ngan (1992) teases Isabelle (1991) about the sort of underwear she likes. Both are students, and they have been in a relationship for four years.

    Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam
    12 May 2012

  • Van Hung (1987) selects music to play, as he and Quoc Ngan (1989) relax at the end of the day. They are both office workers, and have been together for seven years.

    Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam
    28 May 2012

  • Thanh Thien (1984, salesman) and Huu Toan (1987, make up artist, transgender already) are relaxed by reading magazines and watching movies online after dinner.

    They have been together for 2 and half years.
    Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam
    19 April 2012

  • Bao Quynh (1988), an interpreter, is given a kiss by her partner’s son from a previous marriage. Trinh Hien (1985) works as an accountant. All three have lived together in Hanoi for more than four years.

    Hanoi, Viet Nam
    04 July 2011

  • Van Hung (1990), a sex worker, and his partner Xuan Hai (1963), a taxi driver, have been together for a year.

    Hanoi, Viet Nam
    13 July 2011

  • Trinh Quang Hieu (1956) was in the shower with his boyfriend Vu Toan Thang (1968) on their own hotel's terrace where they do business together.

    They have been together for 8 years.
    Hanoi, Viet Nam
    28 Jun 2011


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