I was recently asked by a publisher if I had an image that could be used for a book on sexuality and the churches. The book title is “Sexuality, Sainthood and Struggle” and as I understand it, the author, Savitri Hensman, argues for a more liberal understanding of sexuality in the churches. The book is being published by Ekklesia, and Hensman is an Ekklesia Associate. I didn’t have anything that I could offer for the cover, but I said I would think about it and see if I could come up with ways of representing these three elements in an image.
I suggested an idea that I thought might be a bit daring, but the publisher liked it, and so I contacted a model with whom I’d had a brief online conversation a few years, and she was happy to be involved: Tyne Roberts, a lovely person to work with, and a great pleasure to photograph. I turned our dining room into a makeshift studio with lights, and she very patiently posed for me until I had just the pose I wanted. This is the image that will now go on the cover of the book:
There may be another photo on the back cover too – I had another idea about the three key words that communicated a different aspect of struggle. We made several images, and this is my favourite, though I’m not sure if this is the one the publisher will use, even if there is another photo on the back cover:
Once the book is out, I’ll put details up here.