“Lunch Time Affair” works on love and sex relationships that occur mostly at lunch time in Motels, representing marginal and illicit relations that should take place in a time and place away from the eyes of the world. Relationships that by any mean should not be exposed to the knowledge of others, but reflecting the need of two (or more) people to share.
Motels are usually located out of sight and with very discrete access, allowing anonymity of the couples and at the same time offering a sexy ambience were soft and color lights, round beds with mirrors all around, porno movies on the TV and some alcoholic drinks, play a role in the fantasy of these love affairs.
At lunch time most people usually have one or two hours to get away from the family and the office; time that they can spend shopping or with a secret lover in a “lunch time affair”.
We started photographing Motel rooms after couples had their love affair, photographing beds with revolved sheets and pillows, bathrooms with towels left all around and also any personal object left behind that could serve as a testimony of the kind of relationship that took place there, preserving all the mystery and secrecy around these relations, and exposing the signs of their existence as a testimony of strong love and sex interaction.
This first chapter “ten rooms for sex” (same title of Katharine Bosse – 1998 exposition) represents the pictures taken in a particular Motel with ten rooms, all with a different decoration theme, that people can rent for a minimum of two hours to live their erotic fantasies.
These pictures have the seduction of the room by itself and also the one left to our own imagination, of the short love stories lived there everyday.
Alec Soth – Niagara
JH Engström – Foreign Affair
Katharine Bosse – Realms of Signs, Realms of Sense
Kameraphoto (Valter Vinagre) – Um Diário da República
Nan Goldwin – Vaskat
Sophie Calle – L’Hotel