LOVE ISLAND DETROIT
Early on in my (now two-year) relationship, I sent my boyfriend a song. “Belle Isle,” by Anna Burch. It’s a song drenched in summer love about a place that means a lot to me. Perhaps I was projecting hopes for our budding romance. Maybe I was trying to woo him. It worked. He liked the song, (and me), and we were off and running.
In Summer 2022, I was reminded again of that song as I was walking through my local park, Belle Isle. I started seeing couples all over the place with that fresh love vibe. It was a feeling I felt lucky to still recognize, and I wanted to literally capture it. I began approaching couples that had that look about them – whether they were touching or laughing or sometimes kissing. What’s interesting is that the majority of couples I photographed told me they were new in their
relationships, often less than two years in. I started to think about what that says about when and how we show that affection in relationships — and how it physically materializes in the space or closeness between couples.
I began to see the series “Love Island Detroit” as a metaphor for the place we all go to when we are newly in love. A space of equal parts romance, mystery and escape — where all you need is a towel, a little sunscreen and the belief that anything is possible.