- NSFW photos from Elska Magazine’s new shoot as it tours the world photographing LGBT+ men.
Elska Magazine has toured 28 cities to photograph hot LGBT+ men – and the guys of Amsterdam may be the most positive and diverse of all.
So now we asked editor Liam Campbell to tell us what made Amsterdam special:
‘I can’t believe it’s taken us 28 issues in 28 cities to finally get to Amsterdam, one of the gayest cities in the world.
‘It finally happened last autumn when suddenly we got several DMs and emails from locals asking us to come. I knew we’d get there eventually, but it took a little prodding to finally make it happen.
Issue dedicated to model who sadly took his own life
‘The Netherlands was the first country in the world to adopt marriage equality, and the spirit of tolerance goes to the core of Dutch identity. That’s probably why most of the stories the men wrote for this issue are really positive.
‘However that’s not to suggest it’s a perfect society. But overall the texts are more fun than, for example, in our previous issue (Warsaw) where homophobia was a major topic.
‘The Amsterdam issue is also especially diverse in age. In fact, we have at least one man from each decade of life, from his 20s to his 60s.
‘For every photoshoot I ask the subject if he’d like to do an outdoor street shoot, an indoor home shoot, or both.
‘One thing I loved about the Amsterdam sessions was that everyone chose to do both. What’s more, the majority also went fully nude for the home shoot.
‘Shooting in the Netherlands, I feared the photos could be full of cliché. How many pictures would there be including canals, tulips, clogs, windmills, bicycles, weed, or big wheels of cheese?
‘Fortunately, in the end we got loads of canals and bicycles, and one windmill, but none of the others.
‘Making the Amsterdam issue was one of the cheeriest experiences we’ve had. But there was also some sadness.
‘There was one Amsterdammer who wrote in to us a couple years ago. He asked if he could take part if we ever came to Amsterdam.
‘But when I finally got in touch with him, I discovered that he had very recently taken his own life.
‘I have dedicated this issue to him and to others in the LGBTQ community who suffer from mental health issues. ‘Elska’ means ‘love’ and I want everyone to know that they are loved.’
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