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by Charli Marshall

Technically, my ‘first love’ is my current partner whom I’m besotted with and intend to be with forever.

But it took a long time to get to this point, and in my life, each new man or woman that I encountered to be with intimately was, at the time, someone I thought I was in love with. When I think about it, I don’t think I was in love with anyone; I was in love with my life and anyone that came into it got swept up in any emotion I was feeling.

I was at my happiest between 2006 and 2009, in terms of stress free living, lack of responsibility and pressure. Everything I did, everyone I was with, I loved. Especially my friends. A circle of friends that no longer really exists. I think it was this circle of friends that was my ‘first love’. I loved each of them and I lament those days more than I miss any of my ex’s. That group dynamic, that relationship between us all. I took photographs and filmed us almost daily, doing nothing specific, just recording our existence. But to look back on, each and every clip holds a firm place in my heart. It’s a time in my life I wish to return to and it saddens me that it can’t ever be the same.

by Louise Hatton

This photo reminds me of my first love who would always turn up unexpected with flowers.

by Oliver Coakley

by Clea Garrick

Untitled (Hannah)

Dedicated to Hannah. I love you.

by Harry Reid Sadler

A polaroid of me kissing my first love 12 years ago in the summer of 2000. Photographer unknown.

by Ben Pobjoy

For those who I love, with those that I cannot see

by Simon Gomery

Love is the Drug

by Melvin Galapon

My first Love will be my only Love. My Love knows me; to be Loved is to be known.

by Johanna Lees

by Megan Helyer

To love another person is to see the face of God

by Louise Walker

by Freddie Wright