Since its very inception, hookup culture was synonymous with shallow attraction mostly based on physical appearances. Not to say it's OK, it's always been a thing perpetuated by both men and women who meet online in hopes of finding that special someone for life, or just for the night. The LGBTQ community is no exception.
Discriminatory preferences found on queer hookup apps such as Grindr, Scruff and Tinder can be just as unforgiving and often link to body-shaming. Descriptions listing "no this" and "no that" – no fats, no femmes, no Asians, no hairy, no old, no no no... – are more common than reasonable explanations of what the person is looking for.
Lisbon, Portugal-based photographer Adam Moco has made it his mission to fight these selective patterns with his ongoing photo project, Bare.
Using the same dating apps mentioned before, Moco networks and meets guys from all over to photograph them for his project. Doing this since 2013, he has already documented a good number of queer individuals and couples of all shapes, sizes, ages, races, ethnicities and walks of life. On his website, Moco explains:
"Bare is a series of nude portraits exploring diversity in the male form through photography. Representing a wide array of subjects in exposed states, the project embodies the vulnerability and beauty of embracing one's Bare self."
Photographed using natural light, Moco's works offer a candid, intimate view of the community that is often over-sexualized in the media. The portraits are accompanied by recordings of his subjects "discussing their bodies and the state of being naked."
Explaining his reasons behind the Bare photo series, Moco told Queerty he understands that sexual preferences are a justified thing, but there is a problem with how they are being expressed online. He said:
"There is a difference between preferences and tastes versus outright racism, sizeism and the like, and it’s the latter that is problematic. Bare is my way of creating an inclusive platform for those who want to celebrate their bodies."
Visit Adam Moco's website to learn more about Bare and check out more of his shots below.