Bare by acclaimed photographer Adam Moco aims to bring body positivity to the queer male community
No fats. No fems. No Asians. Not cool. Photographer Adam Moco started the photography series Bare as a way of creating an inclusive platform for queer men who want to celebrate their bodies. Adam aims to bring body positivity to the queer male community and to celebrate the many different shapes and sizes with in.
“What concerns me is users whose online dating profiles are restrictive and blatantly rude in how they project preferences,” Adam Moco tells OutBuzz. “I don’t think there is anything wrong with having sexual preferences, but I do think the way certain preferences are expressed is wrong.”
“There is a difference between preferences and tastes versus outright racism, sizeism and the like, and it’s the latter that is problematic.—Adam Moco
We all know how easy it has become to hide behind technology and dehumanize people behind the photo. “I don’t believe most people who list harsh preferences on their profiles would ever turn to another human being in the flesh and say, ‘sorry, no fats’ or ‘no femmes’ or ‘no Asians,'” Adam continues. “There is a difference between preferences and tastes versus outright racism, sizeism and the like, and it’s the latter that is problematic.”
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Adam Moco sought to humanize the men behind location-based hookup apps
Back in 2013, Adam Moco started his portrait series, Tryst Pic. Since then, he has sought out and linked up with men around the world through the use of location-based hookup apps such as Grindr, Scruff and Tinder to promote gay body positivity.
“I relied on these apps to meet men in a non-sexual context, visit them in their own spaces and photograph them in an honest and intimate fashion,” says Adam. “A way to humanize the men behind these apps. The Bare series builds upon Tryst Pic, but takes an unfiltered, uninhibited perspective on the beauty and vulnerability that is the male body and is my response to the body-shaming and insecurity-inducing nature of online dating profiles.”
Bare is an on-going photography project to celebrate male body positivity
Bare is an on-going project and new models are added all the time. “I tend to be more active when I am traveling,” says Adam. “I have an upcoming trip to Berlin and hope to find some more men. “
Adam hopes that Bare inspires men to love the skin they are in and be more free. The series has definitely inspired Adam, and when he finds the right person to collaborate with, he will himself be photographed for Bare.
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