For those not regularly exposed to the everyday routines of the bodybuilding world, his photos may seem comic, even garish. But Gebhart de Koekkoek hopes people see the moments of camaraderie and friendship. Though they are competitors, the bodybuilding culture is akin to a family that supports each other—even if that means helping someone apply tanning product with a paint roller. – WIRED

Gebhart De Koekkoek was interested in seeing the hidden process that turned ordinary, though very muscular men and women into surprisingly tanned and pumped demigods. The artist can be seen as a silent observer with an instinct for situational precision, using the camera as his access medium that allows him to absorb the anomaly and specific culture of the society through which he moves. – iGNANT

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