'Love Me' is a series by Stella Asia Consonni exploring intimacy and relationships, in an historical and political moment where hatred and selfishness seem to prevail.
Stella aimed to catch on film that unique moment where only you and your partner exist and the rest of the world is just background noise.
For Stella, the project started off as a self-heal process.
Following a painful breakup and in need to a solution to all the horrible feelings of abandonment and low self esteem, she turned to her camera and decided to shoot people in love.
Working on shots of tender intimacy was brutally painful but also reminded her that love still existed out there.
The pre-released image of long term couple Jordan and Luca caused quite a stir in the community.
After receiving many violent and homophobic messages, Stella, Jordan and Luca started receiving death threats for ‘promoting disgusting, abnormal and perverted obscenities’ that ‘confuse children’, being ‘blinded by Satan’.
In response, Stella decided to expand the project and exhibited it as solo exhibition in May 2019 at Protein Studios, in Shoreditch, London.
The project wants to be a celebration of youth, diversity and equality.
The raw portraits are a glimpse into how skin colour and sexual orientation do not affect the way one loves.
'Love Me' was shortlisted at Berlin Fashion Film Festival 2021 and Fashion Film Festival Milano 2019.
Directed by Stella Asia Consonni
Script Sophie Lesberg Smith
Voice Over Talent Kedar Williams-Stirling
Editor Ben Crook @ Speade
Grade Megan Lee @ The Mill
Sound Jack @ Factory