Born in Cambodia to a Vietnamese mother and European father, young photographer and artist Robert Tennent in his new book documents his re-discovery of sex post a sexual assault. In a moving series, Tennent lets us into his world and mind through his photographic journey as he rediscovers and explores sex and lust after celibacy, photographing all his male sexual encounters.
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“For the first 13 years of my life, I called many different countries home. Cambodia, St Lucia, Papua New Guinea and a few other short-term locations. I went to boarding school when I was 13 in New Zealand. A year before graduating, I was raped by someone I knew. From here I chose to be celibate to look after myself and accept what had happened. When I had sex for the first time, I took a photo of him. And I continued to do this with the other men. I have now published these images with poems into a book called ‘Come Back To Bed’.”
I have released a book that revolves around the rediscovery and exploration of sex after a sexual assault. In early 2017, I was unprotected sexually assaulted. I tested myself immediately and the test results came back negative. I entered a period of celibacy that lasted 5 months. In those 5 months, I took care of myself physically and mentally by attending ACC counseling sessions. I was ready to introduce sex into my life again. Consensual sex. Protected sex.
I dated men with the intent of getting to know them and this went well. When it came time to have sex with them, I put my trust in them and we had beautiful times together. Afterward, I pulled my camera out and took a photo of him. I took a few more.
I kept these for myself because I wanted to remember that memory and how I felt when I was with him.
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