Sexuality & Culture

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 1516–1526 | Cite as

Visual Intimacies: Faith, Sexuality, Photography

  • Chris GreenoughEmail author
Original Paper


This article offers critical insights and reflections for how the use of visual methodologies can enrich ethnographical investigations in relation to sexual identities and sexual practices. Using a visual methodology grounded in research undertaken with a participant, the function of photographs within sexuality research is based on three observations: (1) photographs ‘undo’ dependence on the written word alone; (2) photographs pose their own (silent) questions to the viewer who is encouraged to reflect on them and (3) photographs provoke sensory engagement between viewer and image. This article contains both content and images of a sexual nature.


Religion Intimacy Methodology Photography Sexuality 


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Conflict of interest

The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Theology and ReligionEdge Hill UniversityOrmskirkUK

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