Book Club #64: Falling in Love, a book by Luke Abby and Carlos Darder

Luke Abby and Carlos Darder’s creative collaboration–their self-photographed story of Falling in Love–is a self-published limited-edition book now available for international purchase. Falling in Love is an intimate portrait of love found and realized. Photographers Luke Abby and Carlos Darder met in Mallorca in the summer of 2019 and immediately became enamored with one another. What unfolded is a visual diary of impassioned sensuality, physical and emotional exploration, and the uninhibited rapture between two muses, spanning two continents.
46 pages featuring 48 photographs reveal both the beauty and ecstasy of the couple’s young love, alongside remarkably candid images of sex, lust, and erotic expression. (Much of the imagery is graphic, you’ve been forewarned!)
Abby and Darder will be donating 10% of all sales to Visual AIDS, a non-profit charity which “utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over”. Get your copy here.
Untitled © 2019 Luke Abby
Cock tattoo © 2019 Luke Abby
Carlos picking new tattoo © 2019 Luke Abby
All 100 copies of the book are hand-numbered, ten of which are also hand-signed by the artists and include a fold-out newsprint poster.
LUKE ABBY (b. 1992) hails from Kent, England, and first picked up the camera at age 15. After a few years working as a professional set designer in both London and New York, Abby returned to his passion for photography and the moving image in his early twenties. Abby’s artistic style is described as both romantic and painterly, featuring subjects within meticulously crafted surreal environments with narrative undertones. Homoerotic motifs coupled with intimate portraits of sensuality and tenderness make up his personal oeuvre.
CARLOS DARDER (b. 1998) is a photographer from Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Influenced by his mother’s photography, Darder came up with camera in hand. In his works, Darder’s main intent is to explore daily routine by way of spectacle. Life in representation is thrust through a prism of honesty with a twist, revealing the uncut version of stories usually left untold.
Luke in his lift © 2019 Carlos Darder
Wedding cake portrait © 2019 Carlos Darder
Hands behind back © 2020 Luke Abby
Wedding day © 2019 Luke Abby, Carlos Darder
Falling in Love by Luke Abby and Carlos Darder
All images © 2019-2020 Luke Abby / Carlos Darder. All rights reserved.
46 pages; 48 photographs
Soft cover; 5.83 x 8.27 inches, 14.81 x 21.01 cm
Edition quantity: 100
$45 (US), €40 (Europe)