In my artistic series SOLACE, I delve into the intricate interplay between vulnerability and safeguarding within the LGBTQ+ community. Through three captivating photographs, a poignant narrative unfolds—one of a young boy embraced by an anonymous figure, draped in Arabian garments, set against expansive, desolate landscapes.

The faceless guardian embodies the unspoken protectors I envision—a formidable yet unseen ally for the LGBTQ+ community. The choice of Arabian attire celebrates diversity, transcending cultural boundaries and emphasizing our shared responsibility to shield and uplift one another.

Amidst the barren backdrop and distant trees, the scenes mirror the community's struggles, underscoring the idea that solace can emerge even in challenging environments. The distant trees symbolize the hope for growth and acceptance on the horizon.

As a gay man, the series reflects my personal longing for protection from unknown yet powerful forces within society. SOLACE not only tells a visual story but serves as a plea for empathy and understanding. It challenges viewers to become the unseen guardians, fostering an environment of acceptance for everyone.

These images invite contemplation, a reminder that strength and support can emerge unexpectedly. SOLACE is a testament to the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community and a heartfelt call for a future where protection is extended to all, regardless of identity.