Richard Maas and Jilles van Alen



In an ongoing project Richard Maas and Jilles van Alen portray gay and bisexual men over 40 in their home environment. Though the men are often shown naked, they are photographed with respect.

Maas' and Van Alen's starting point was to put a face on the older gay scene in The Netherlands and to take them out of the hidden and anonymous world of the internet. And so, just like on dating profiles, we see the men posing, knowing that they will be seen by other men who might be interested in them. There is some theatre in these posed photos. But ultimately the home interiors which frame the naked men's bodies also give them a groundedness.