Tired of constantly hearing about the fleeting nature of online dating, photographer George Downing started a project that shows how lasting intimacy can be found just by swiping right.
The Melbourne-based photographer spent a year getting to know people on Tinder, then asking these matches if he could photograph them in their bedroom without even hooking up. His goal being to capture a side of online dating rarely seen – one that goes beyond flings, and fosters real intimacy and friendship.
“The concept for Tinder is borrowed from apps like Grindr, which is designed exclusively for hook-ups.,” Downing told i-D. “Somehow, Tinder has progressed beyond that. It’s gone from something that was seen as quite superficial to something that is completely normal among the people I know.”
He added in interview with Konbini: “I wanted to explore how these attitudes towards the app are changing and how a stranger met online can become so much more.
“The project also emphasises that it’s up to the user to decide what they want to get from the experience. Tinder is just another way to meet new and interesting people and you can take advantage of this ease and do whatever you want with it.”
After taking enough photos, Downing compiled everything in a book entitled Hosting, which was released last year.
To this day, Downing continues to meet new people (as well as keeping touch with the old ones) online. In fact, he’s planning to release a second edition of the book soon. You can check out his Instagram for more updates.