Be The Story


CURRENTLY SEEKING| OPEN TO UNIQUE PEOPLES

I’m always looking to work with unique people whether at home (Philadelphia Area) or when I travel for personal portraits that allow for openness and experimentation. Everyday people who are of the full spectrum of this thing we call life. If you think you’ll make a unique subject, fill out the form below! I thank good people who share their time and open their lives in order for me to be able to create art.

CURRENT PROJECT| Nov. 2017 – Dec. 2018
Asexual MythosSex + Sexuality of the Physically Disabled

Open Call to anyone who has a visible disability or who utilizes mobility devices wheelchair, crutches, etc.
If this is you or you & your lover, tell me YOUR STORY! I am looking for real people who willing to share a small part of their world with the world by embracing their passion for life.

PROJECT OVERVIEW


According to the World Health Organization, “Sexuality is an integral part of the personality of everyone: man, woman, and child; it is a basic need and aspect of being human that cannot be separated from other aspects life.”

Sex and disability are often a taboo for many able-bodied people. It is rarely discussed in the same sentence; even when curiosities flood the mind. Conversations are often avoided due to the taboos that those living with physical disabilities are essentially asexual; they can’t or don’t have sex, can be intimate, or outright not interested in sex. Because of these mythoses, more than 50% of people living with a disability do not have any form of a “regular” sex life.

Acceptance, affection, intimacy, sex, and sexuality are all sought after, yearned for, and indulged by all humans; regardless of disability. The goal is to visually capture, document, and explore the true mythos while shattering the asexual misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding those with physical disabilities. Unveiling the vibrant lifestyles of those who live with a disability who can, want and do have sex and sexual identities while peeling away at the taboos that have made others apprehensive to engage in the conversation.

By photographing individuals and couples who have physical disabilities I hope to explore the ways that we as humans view sex, intimacy, and sexual identity as something deeper than the basic instinct. What it means to not only see one’s self but to also see how our bodies can be bold and beautiful; flaws and all. In doing so, create a positive mythos that opens up the possibilities and conversations that embrace the beauty of intimacy, sex, sexual identity, and disability.

I am currently seeking individuals and couples who have some form of a physical disability to document. I’m especially looking for those comfortable with themselves enough to lay it all out. Ideally, I would like to photograph those who are interested in being a part of the story in their environments or places you may be most comfortable in.

Once completed, the images will be submitted for publication or gallery. As with any project, it may become its own life.

If nothing else, share this with someone you feel may be interested!

As an artist sometimes even we must do that which we aren’t comfortable with ourselves.
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Filling out this form will help me organize shoots based on locations, availability, and what types of shoots may be a good match for you. It also helps me to get to know a little about you and your world.

I appreciate you taking the time to not only fill out this form but also for your interest in being apart of the story!

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If you should have any issues with the form below please email at
jaleel {at} jaleelking.com

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