Elska is a project devoted to sharing our voices and our bodies through honest photography and personal stories. Through our publications, we take you to different cities around the world, introduce you to a dozen or so local guys, and let you get to know them and a bit about gay life in their city. Filled with positivity, sincerity, ad-free and lovingly made, Elska is an independent gay mag that you can truly be proud to own.
Elska Magazine is our flagship product, your key to discovering each Elska city through its local boys and local stories. They are over 150 pages, split into individual chapters that focus on a local guy, filled with evocative images taken of him in the city and at home, plus the story he wrote for us. The experience is most intimate, letting readers feel like they’ve travelled there with us and really gotten to know these men.
This edition is dedicated to Istanbul, Turkey‘s (as well as Europe’s) largest city. It’s also the LGBTQ capital of the Moslem world with a vibrant society holding on tightly to their freedom in a political climate that is increasingly conservative. It is because of this dynamism that this was one of the easiest issues yet to find men interested in participating in the Elska project. Despite problems with homophobia, including the recent violent suppression of the annual Pride march, the men here were fearless and proud to be part of this edition.
Inside you’ll meet thirteen local boys, photographed throughout this massive city, on both the Asian and European sides. Some are also shot in their own homes, giving an authentic and personal touch. Additionally, each boy contributed a short story from their life, adding an even more intimate flavour to the Elska experience. You’ll also meet two more guys in our Elska Dehors section. One is a series of self-portraits from Manhattan, New York by luke kurtis where the artist lets his “bad skin” be unhidden. The other is a series of low-fi colour and pink-filtered polaroids from Montréal, Canada by Jonathan Lemieux, who also contributed in our Berlin issue.
Ondertitel: Local Boys + Local Stories
Auteur: Liam Campbell
Jaar van uitgave: 2016
Aantal pagina’s: 160
Uitgeverij: Elska Magazine