Worldwide access to the Internet and the emergence of an omnipresent social media is the defining spectacle of our time, with its reach expected to hit some 2.95 billion people, approximately one third of the Earth’s entire population, by 2020. It has never been easier to find like-minded people.
The Internet is beginning to shape the sexual culture of Britain. The vanguard of this movement is the growing number of people that are utilising online mediums to explore their sexual identities. Where those with an interest in BDSM, swinging and other “alternative” sexual lifestyles previously found it much harder to seek out like minded individuals, they can now, through online means, become part of the community of their choice with relative ease.
Sex Site is a rare and essential look into a world that, despite it’s emerging popularity, remains largely hidden from public view.
Shot over two years in London, Brighton, Poole and Bournemouth, the series features individuals and couples, all between the ages of 18-35, that Gibbons has sourced through sexually orientated social media platforms.
Photographed in their homes, the participants all utilise social media sex sites to engage in a variety of sexual endeavours including swinging, BDSM, daddy/little girl, cross-dressing (for the purpose of sexual enjoyment), and dogging.
The photographs, accompanied by reproductions of the graphically vernacular messages received by Gibbons and participants during the making of the project, contrast unfiltered sexual context with humanising and relatable portraiture.