Naughton’s volume, a collaboration with his partner Juan Anibal Sosa Iglesias, obliquely tracks the first five years of their relationship—they shot photography from 2011 through 2016, and took three additional years to write and compile the images into a cohesive project. The pictures encompass portraiture, landscape, and still life, suggesting a love story that extends beyond its participants: Their relationship is also about the things they make, the places they travel, and the beauty they find in the world, together.
Speaking by phone, at home in Mexico City, Naughton recently recalled the inception of their project. “Our relationship started before I was even a photographer,” he said. “I was just compulsively taking pictures of Juan.…He’s very photogenic.” (The pair met on OkCupid in 2011.) Naughton entered a graduate program for journalism at the City University of New York in 2013, and a professor, James Estrin (who co-edits the New York Times Lens blog), encouraged him to keep up the series.