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 Elska edition was made in Mumbai / Bombay, India‘s biggest city. It’s also our first edition to be set in South Asia, spreading our Elska cucu even further around the world!
While it may sound clichéd, Mumbai really is a city of extremes – the intense heat, the relentless traffic, the huge crowds, the astounding poverty and wealth alongside it, and an inexplicably complicated social structure of class and caste all made this an exhausting issue to make. But it was also fascinating and a city we want to return to perhaps more than any other we’ve visited. And that’s down to the people we met.
Inside the issue’s 168 pages (our biggest issue yet), you’ll be introduced to fourteen of the local Mumbaikers we met. They’re all shot in various locations throughout the cities and in their homes, dressed in their own fashions or wearing nothing at all. And as usual, each boy wrote a story to accompany his photospread, letting you get to know them and their culture to a deeper level. And the Mumbai issue contains one of our favourite Elska stories yet, an unmissable letter from one boy to his grandmother.
Then, in our Elska Dehors series, you’ll meet two more men from beyond Bombay. One was shot in the California desert by Mitch Cullen; the second was made in Paris by Alcibiade de Paros. Both editorials and the stories to go with them are especially revealing studies of the intimate relationship between photographer and subject. Both are absolutely brilliant, beautiful, and very Elska!
Ondertitel: Local Boys + Local Stories
Auteur: Liam Campbell
Jaar van uitgave: 2016
Aantal pagina’s: 168
Uitgeverij: Elska Magazine