Anyone who is a fan of New York photographer Jonathan Leder will already be familiar with his photography. Known for his erotica that also captures the sensitive and feminine side of his subjects, Leder was previously a fashion photographer for the likes of Nylon and Sleek before founding his own short-lived erotica magazine that channelled his intimate, yet wholly personal way of shooting. Leder also shoots much of his impressive catalogue on film stating that: “The problem with things being crystal clear is that they leave nothing to the imagination.”
And now he has decided to move into a different type of film, the feature kind. His debut film, Promiscuities, had its global premiere last week and is what you could call a labour of love. Devised by Leder and his leading lady, actress Amy Hood, Promiscuities is a wholly personal project, and delves into the dark side of sex, unlocking innermost desires and at once challenging the status quo when it comes to female pleasure. Recognising that the subject of women and sex is still somehow seen as taboo, the film follows Amy’s character Diane as she explores her sexual desires while also tackling the ‘universal truths’ of human nature that somehow affect us all.