A photographer has compiled an exhibit of thought-provoking vintage photographs showing same-sex affection in a commentary on homosexual tendencies through time. Jeffrey Gent doesn’t know most of the people in the black-and-white or sepia-tinged photos and can’t confirm their sexuality, but the images inspire a beautiful array of emotions that transcend the passage of time.
Gent, who is gay, first became interested in the topic when a relative commented that he looked a lot like a distant uncle who had passed away and never married, as reported by Huffington Post. Gent started to wonder if his uncle may have been gay, too, and perused family photos for clues. He realized that many other such stories likely existed in dusty albums and attics.
Gent also points out the tragic loss of many homosexual portraits that were deemed too embarrassing to keep by family members. “For every photo that I may have mistakenly identified as gay, thousands more were burned or torn into pieces to keep a family secret,” Gent writes.