Tryst Pic is a portrait project that links photographer Adam Moco to gay men around the world for the sake of non-sexual connection. Moco utilizes and repurposes popular location-based “hookup” apps such as Grindr, Scruff and Tinder, to meet, photograph and ideally establish lasting friendships with his subjects.
The “hookups” range in duration and transpire in the subject’s personal space. By relying solely on natural and available light, Moco aims to create an open atmosphere whereby the subject’s unique personality is illuminated.
Through his routine use of the apps employed for Tryst Pic, Moco is continually struck by the strict and unforgiving list of preferences presented in select online profiles. Stipulations such as “no fats” or “no femmes” are frequent and in Moco’s view, problematic. His latest project is his response to the body-shaming and insecurity-inducing nature of such profiles.
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. Amplifying the voices of his subjects, Moco invites you to listen to recordings of the men discussing their bodies and the state of being naked.