Robert Tennent was born in Cambodia, lived in St Lucia and Papua New Guinea before settling in New Zealand in 2013. Tennet studied fashion and spacial design. Robert has released a book that revolves around the rediscovery and exploration of sex after a sexual assault. In early 2017, Tennent was unprotectedly sexually assaulted. He tested himself immediately and the test results came back negative. He entered a period of celibacy that lasted 5 months. After his assault Tennent became an introvert for a few months before he was comfortable again.
“In those 5 months, I took care of myself physically and mentally by attending ACC counselling sessions. I was ready to introduce sex into my life again. Consensual sex. Protected sex. I dated men with the intent of getting to know them and this went well. When it came time to have sex with them, I put my trust in them and we had beautiful times together. Afterwards, I pulled my camera out and took a photo of him. I took a few more. I kept these for myself because I wanted to remember that memory and how I felt when I was with him. I then did this to the next boy, and then the next. It’s coming up to a year since I started taking photos of the men I have slept with. And I compiled them all into a book. The book is called ‘Come Back To Bed’ and it contains stories and photographs of the men I spent time with. I want to be able to help people and make their healing process easier.”