‘Sex Site’ (2017) @joshuatgibbons • • • 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 by 2020, approximately one third Earths entire population, it has never been easier to find like minded people, whether that be in your immediate surroundings or far further afield. Now permeating almost every facet of our daily lives, even those most intimate areas, social media looks set to become ever more a fixture of contemporary life. The Internet is beginning to shape the sexual culture of Britain. The vanguard of this movement is a 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 used to find it much harder to find like minded individuals, they can now, through online means, become part of the community of their choice with relative ease. The photographer, Joshua T Gibbons’ series, ‘Sex Site’ explores this cultural shift. Shot throughout the south of England and Wales, the series consists of individuals between the ages of 18-35 that Gibbons sources through the primary sexual social media platforms in Britain. Photographed in their homes, the participants all utilise social media sex sites to engage in sexual endeavours ranging from swinging, BDSM, Daddy/Little Girl and dogging. The imagery, accompanied by verbatim reproductions of the visceral messages received by the artist and participants during the making of the series, contrast unfiltered sexual context with humanising and relatable portraiture. ‘Sex Site’ is a rare and essential insight to a world that, despite its emerging popularity, remains largely hidden from public view.