His Body
Is A Language


Residency ‘H- The Notion of Humanist Photography’

Centre National de l’Audiovisuel, Dudelange, LU

MODELSTristan Bartolini, Ashwin Vinod



TEXTNandini Tripathy

The Body on Camera, Financial Times Weekend Magazine, 2024, Peckham 24 festival, 2023, Luxembourg Wort newspaper, 2023 

The primary objective of a profile image, on a dating app, is to project a favourable impression within a very short span of time – a few seconds, or less. Whether or not one succeeds is determined by two factors primarily: the degree of attractiveness presented, and the degree of attractiveness perceived. 
    What makes an individual attractive in a photograph? For both the individual and the spectator, it is most often a combination of physical attributes, grooming, and visual context. How a person looks, what they are wearing, how they are posing, and where they are located – all of these become broad brushstrokes that paint a picture that asks to be judged. It is a picture that tends to vary from region to region, and culture to culture, as witnessed in the dialectic between the profile images that follow, located in two cities situated more than 6,000 km apart – New Delhi, India and Geneva, Switzerland. 
    Capturing poses struck outdoors, at a gym, at a restaurant, and at a wedding, they focus in particular on the notion of attractive masculinity. They bear witness to how it is articulated differently against the two distinct socio-cultural backdrops, and how it is performative as much as it is internalised. In doing so, they ask you, the viewer, another question: How do you adjudge an individual attractive, based on a pose?

Visual research of user database
The research for this project uses a sample study of 126 profiles of cis-het men on the dating app Bumble, with 515 images analysed in total. 
Visual research of user database
The profiles were sketched out, instead of taking screenshots, to avoid privacy and consent concerns.
Ski ya later
Come ski some waves
Walking the trails and trials of life
Riding that wave
Pockets of jealousy
My pocket, you gawk it v1 

My pocket, you gawk it v2

My pocket, you gawk it v3

My pocket, you gawk it v4

My pocket, you gawk it v5

It’s cuffin’ season
It’s cuffin’ season
Besties for the resties
The Shah Rukh Khan pose
Food makes me happy
Wine and Dine
May peace be with you 
My coat of pride 
Protecting my masculinity
I woke up like this v1 
I woke up like this v2
Those dreamy eyes 

Pawsitive vibes only 

Pawsitive vibes only

Your God-given Ed Sheeran

Your God-given Arijit Singh 

Cross my legs like I cross my heart
Head and Shoulders
An Intellectual #Sapiosexual
Leaning on things like the patriarchy

Leaning on things like the patriarchy

Leg of dominance

Bikers gonna bike

Mirror, mirror on the wall
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Sun’s out, shades on


Wish you were beer

Proud man

My eyes on you always 
My jaw, you are in awe
Ticking your boxes with my full(filling) inbox