What does it mean to be in love? For eight years, in images and writing, photographer Jake Naughton and his partner Juan Anibal Sosa Iglesias have tried to tease out the answer through a collaborative project.
When We Were Strangers is the first part of a lifelong project deconstructing love through the prism of their relationship. This first chapter is a love poem of sorts, one that explores what happens when two people attempt to become something more and less than that, when they are more unknown stranger to each other than anything else.
In remarkably intimate images and prose, they weave together the sublime, the difficult and the everyday moments that comprise a relationship. They are interested in the frayed edges, the messy intersections, the elements of oneself lost and new facets gained in the process, and the limits to all of that.