Génération Tinder

« Tinder is how people meet. It’s like real life, but better. »

Here is the devise of the most downloaded dating app in the world. With 50 millions active users and more than one billion of potential partners, it has revolutionized the way people connect, seduce, flirt, and meet up. I took a particular interest in the users of Tinder and produced a creative series of portrait, so as to explore the way our generation is interacting in the hyperconnected environment we live in. Commonly used to find a one-night-stand, but also serious relationship or even friendship in some cases, the application shows pictures of men and women located around the user’s position and ask him to like or to dislike them. When two people mutually like each other, then « it’s a match » and the users can start messaging and arrange a rendezvous. The meeting is presented as a mercantile act since the users are swiping people while only looking at the pictures, cataloging men and women according to their physical attractiveness. By using the app, I met the Parisians user of Tinder and I invited myself into their home, so as to photograph them while they are doing their « love shopping », switching the thousands of available profiles. To each portrait is also attached a photograph of their phone, displaying one of the « match ». It is a way to show the application, the huge diversity of profiles we can find, they way the users are tying to look their best, but also the object from which everything starts. As this project is a documentary story, a large part is accorded to it’s witnessing dimension. I’ve interviewed each person that I’ve photographed so as to know more about their practices, their experiences but also their vision of seduction, couple, sexuality and nowaday’s meetings. Each portrait is associated with a short audio extract from the interview of the person photographed. The spectator will then be able to hear the person he is seeing, and to immerse himself a little bit deeper into his intimacy.

 

En utilisant l’application, je suis entré en contact avec les utilisateurs parisiens de Tinder et je me suis invité dans leur intimité, en me rendant chez eux pour réaliser leur portrait. Lors de la séance, je leur demande d’ouvrir l’application et de commencer leur shopping amoureux, en faisant défiler des profils. Je les photographie ainsi sur leur lit, seuls, dans leur chambre, les yeux rivés sur leur écran. À chaque portrait est également associé une photographie de leur smartphone qui affiche un des nombreux profils avec qui l’utilisateur a eu un « match ». C’est une façon de montrer l’application, la grande diversité des sujets qu’on y trouve, la façon dont les utilisateurs se mettent en valeur, mais aussi l’objet à partir duquel tout commence. Ce projet fonctionne donc en diptyques. Ce travail étant documentaire, une partie importante est consacrée aux témoignages des utilisateurs. J’ai interviewé chaque sujet photographié afin d’en savoir plus sur leurs pratiques, leurs expériences, mais aussi sur leur vision de la séduction, du couple, de la sexualité, et des rencontres d’aujourd’hui.