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.
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‘What concerns me is users whose online dating profiles are restrictive and blatantly rude in how they project preferences. I don’t think there is anything wrong with having sexual preferences, but I do think the way preferences are expressed is wrong.
‘I think it’s become easy to hide behind technology and de-humanize 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.”‘
‘There is a difference between preferences and tastes versus outright racism, sizeism and the like, and it’s the latter that is problematic.’
“I started this series to bring body positivity to the queer male community and to celebrate the many different shapes and sizes within it,” photographer Adam Moco tells Queerty about his most recent series Bare. “I primarily use gay hookup apps to find models. For Bare, I also opened it up to people in my daily life because I wanted to showcase a wide variety of men.”
"Online dating does not bring out the best in people. For the most part, there’s no time for your most accepting self to get to know the individuals flashing across your screen. Instead, more often than not, you find yourself mocking a tagline or a dumb artsy photo before swiping left.
Lisbon-based photographer and drag queen Adam Moco was particularly disturbed by the body-shaming he witnessed on gay hookup apps, expressed blatantly on online profiles with warnings like “no fats” and “no femmes.”
So what’s the best way to shut down all the judgmental, troll-esque hate that plagues the Internet? Duh, a nude art project."