One Love / by Kendra Leny

 Concept: Kendra Paige & John Souki; Model: Theresa Rousselot-Vandiver; HAMU: Carissa Martin

Concept: Kendra Paige & John Souki; Model: Theresa Rousselot-Vandiver; HAMU: Carissa Martin

Growing up in school, learning about some of the most trivial and impacting issues of our human history (colonization, wars, racism, mass murders, etc.), we would have never imagined such events taking place in our lifetime, at least to the same degree as in earlier years. We've always imagined living in a world where we could all co-exist as brothers and sisters, without hatred based on the pigment of our skin, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, etc., but if something has become certain with every passing year is the fact that hatred of any kind is still a severe disease permeating our minds, hearts, and spirits, and thus negatively affecting this beautiful Earth we live in.

Living in Indiana, where we are currently going through a wave of political turmoil due to the recently-enacted RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act), hatred and inequality towards the LGBT community by select religious groups is very much alive, and we couldn't bear to stand still and not express our feelings regarding it. We wanted to create a photographic canvas depicting our support for equal human rights for all, and show that beauty isn't defined by an individual's sexual orientation. To all our amazing and beautiful models, thank you for taking part in bringing a beautiful light to this very ugly issue, and I can only hope that this will fuel a flame of love that will transcend Indiana, all across the world.

Models: Theresa Rousselot-Vandiver, Alyse Small, Cambria Tobin, Samantha Brotherton, Jett Waddell, Christopher Sifford.

HAMU: Carissa Martin & Christopher Sifford