Opinion | Love Means Drawing Your Boyfriend 1,000 Times

What does love look like? This intimate short film
captures the relationship between the artist
Wilfrid Wood and his boyfriend-muse, Theo Adamson.

What does love look like? This intimate
short film captures the relationship
between the artist Wilfrid Wood and his
boyfriend-muse, Theo Adamson.

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By James Cooper

Mr. Cooper is a filmmaker.

Wilfrid Wood has been drawing his boyfriend and muse, Theo Adamson, since 2016. The resulting pictures — Mr. Adamson posing provocatively, snoring on the sofa, picking his nose — were brought together for Mr. Wood’s show “Drawings of My BF” in 2019. As I stood among these portraits, I realized I was seeing Mr. Adamson in a way I’d experienced only with my ex-boyfriend in our quieter moments of intimate togetherness.

In the process of making the short documentary above, I came to see that the romantic gesture that at first seemed so grand, an entire exhibition dedicated to a lover, was eclipsed by each small gesture and fleeting moment — hundreds of quiet expressions of everyday joy. Life is something we just get on with, leaving traces and imprints as we go. And sometimes hundreds of drawings of one person are the beautiful result.

James Cooper is a British filmmaker currently working in Tokyo.

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