French Olympic swimmers Florent Manaudou and Frédérick Bousquet, both straight, posed for photographer Olivier Ciappa in an intimate moment as an “imaginary couple.”
Ciappa described in an interview the pitch he made to the swimmers when he approached them about the shoot. He said: “You’re with the person you love. Not a man, not a woman. Then, at the session, I disappear, for they are one with each other.”
The photo is a part of an anti-homophobia campaign called “imaginary couples.”
Ciappa, who started the campaign, also had other “couples” pose, such as Eva Longoria with actress Lara Fabian, and Thierry Klifa and Françios-Xavier Demaison. They are set up in bed, a loving embrace on the couch, and even in the bathtub.
The photographer debuted the photos on his Facebook page. Ciappa said the images were temporarily blocked, due to the fact that they were reported too many times as inappropriate.
Ciappa also has a separate photo album on Facebook from a previous photo shoot he did featuring couples, both straight and gay, sharing happy moments together.
The photographs are being displayed in Paris for one week.